May 7, 2017

Seinfeld and the Buddy Rich tapes.

I wasn't going to blog this because it seemed a tad arcane, but it stuck with me, so here goes:



AND: Here's Buddy Rich in 1971 on the Mike Douglas show, not playing drums, but talking like Buddy Rich:

36 comments:

3rdGradePB_GoodPerson said...

Althosue "seemed a tad arcane, but it stuck with me"




Carry on.

David Begley said...

Admitted copyright infringement? Plagerism?

Jack Wayne said...

James Coburn and Buddy Rich - twins separated at birth.

walter said...

Buddy would not like rap

chickelit said...

Somebody give me a time point for Rich's disparaging remarks. I refuse to listen to his entire spiel.

Loretta Lynne lived longer, was better looking, made more money, had more fans, and had a movie made about her book.

Buddy Rich can paradiddle himself into an orgasm regarding his own style of work. Gene Krupa was better.

madAsHell said...

I'm guessin' thats a toupee.

Beldar said...

Saw him live in Lubbock, Texas, in about 1973 or 1974, opening for and then playing with Doc Severinsen. It was epic.

William said...

He could have made it as a stand up comic. Very quick witted and funny......,Seems not so much a music snob as a music bigot. That's a stupid opinion he enunciated. Modern jazz is not where the big bucks are situated. He was probably a little bitter about that.

surfed said...

I see Buddy's former arranger play every other week with a sight read practice band - The TBA (To Be Arranged) big band. Some great Buddy Rich stories there. None repeatable here.

walter said...

madAsHell said...I'm guessin' thats a toupee.
--
"The intemperate Rich once made the mistake of calling Dusty Springfield, with whom, improbably, he was sharing a bill, "a f----ing broad". Springfield slapped him in the face, sending his toupee flying. The members of Rich's band presented her with a large box tied with a bow. Inside was a pair of boxing gloves."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/11342138/Whiplash-the-cult-of-the-drummer.html

D. said...

and what was rich's views of klezmer music?

Mattman26 said...

Barbara Feldon. Sha-wing!

gspencer said...

Oh yeah, listening to some toupee-wearing loudmouth banging away on his drums is so much better than listening to the soothing work of accomplished pianist.

/s

wildswan said...

Nice - I never really listened to the guy before

Category: "A tad arcane but it stuck with me" - I saw Manchester by the Sea the other night. So they still make great movies.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

NSFW, but here is one of the tapes being referred to:

Buddy Rich Cursing his Band

fivewheels said...

Huh. I never heard of these Buddy Rich tapes, which is surprising to me. However, I'm well familiar with the infamous Earl Weaver (Manager's Corner) and Tommy Lasorda ("What was my opinion of Kingman's performance?") tapes.

M Jordan said...

This Buddy Rich fellow is not my cup of tea. He thinks he's witty.

Mike Douglas also not my cup of tea but at least he's not an ahole.

And that's the way it is, May 7, 2017.

Courage.

Christopher said...

Paul Anka FTW

The guys get shirts! That's just the fucking way it is!


http://www.jimonlight.com/2013/07/06/pissed-off-paul-anka-rants-on-his-crew-and-band-in-the-mid-1980s-after-a-bad-show/


Earnest Prole said...

The strangest thing: that same Buddy Rich clip from 1971 was recommended to me by youtube, out of the blue, on Saturday morning about 36 hours before you blogged this. And it's not like I had previously watched anything even remotely similar. Do google algorithms really extend this far?

Robert said...

Massively talented as he was, Buddy Rich will be largely forgotten long after many of the bands that played simple music that connected with regular folks will be.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Seconded, Christopher.

When I move I slice like a f*cking hammer!

Mr. D said...

I saw him at Beloit College in the fall of 1986, near the end of his life. Cancer was ravaging him and there were maybe 100 people in the room, because the gig was scheduled when the students were on break. He didn't look pleased at the size of the audience, but he put on a hell of a show anyway.

J2 said...



Paul Anka - yup.

'Tad' can stand on its own for sure.

I thought "take it outside" was very standard language for proposing a fight. Not arcane at all.

J2 said...

Christopher and Hoodlum

Paul Anka

Ace of Spades?

Christopher said...

J2 Hell yeah

Virtually Unknown said...

Do google algorithms really extend this far?

You mean into the future? Hell, they are probably dictating the future just to increase ad revenue.

Actually, I think there is a "man behind the curtain" thing going on in a lot of these social media type things, pushing this or that, or they are incredibly sensitive to trends, picking up the beat of a butterfly's wings that started the hurricane, as it were.

Rob McLean said...

Allegedly, after Rich died, a musician who worked with Buddy called his widow and asked to speak with him, only to be told the drummer had died. He called back the next day and was told the same thing. After calling a third time, his widow said, "I keep telling you, Buddy is dead!"

"I know," the musician replied. "I just like hearing it."

BudBrown said...

Never mind the what dead people would you want to eat dinner with schtick, what
I want is to be able to insert questions in these old shows. You know, get
Douglas to ask Rich what he thinks the chances are that Dylan wins the Nobel
Prize.

Christopher said...

I thought "take it outside" was very standard language for proposing a fight. Not arcane at all.

Buddy Rich said "Why don't we step outside, and I'll show you what it's like." Jerry is focusing on the end there. Comedy is subjective but that cracks me up too.

Mike said...

Saw Buddy in the late 70's at Pacific High School in San Bernardino. He was outstanding. At one point he brought his high hat and snare drum to the front of the stage and did more with those two pieces than I thought possible. He was very talented and extremely technical in his ability. Shocked me how good he was. Went with my buddy Big Bob and we both kind of lost interest in drumming after that. Mediocre guitar playing is way easier than even lame drumming. And chicks dig guitars too.

Wilbur said...

YouTube's been "suggesting this Buddy Rich clip for about two weeks with me. I didn't get it either.

I love how George Lindsey sits there semi-squirming as Rich spews his bigoted nonsense. He'd been a HeeHaw cast member for years by then. Too bad ol' Goober didn't get up and deck that SOB.

Except maybe he agreed with him.

bagoh20 said...

It must be arcane. I get Seinfeld humor pretty easily, but I don't see what is special or funny about those three lines.

Charlie said...

Interesting that they complain about music not being taught in schools because of budget cuts (starts at 12:44). I hear the same thing today, 45 years later. Music is still taught in school, isn't it? It just seems like one of those things people complain about, whether it's actually true or not.

Charlie said...

Also, Buddy Rich is highly entertaining but also a total A-Hole.

bagoh20 said...

Rich, who made his name being creative at extending the substantial limitations imposed by the simplicity of his instrument, should appreciate country music for creating so much music and variety within its own limitations. That's where the genius and talent of a lot of genres lives. I think it was just jealousy and frustration at the market success of country over jazz. Jazz, due to it's own self-imposed standards will never be popular like country. "Not that there's anything wrong with that."

Robert Cook said...

Rich displays the snobbery of those who believe music that is simple can't be good and good music can't be simple. The very music that Rich played--jazz--was looked down upon in its earliest years as vulgar, simple, crude, a corruption of culture, etc. Jazz was considered to be guilty of all the ills ascribed in succeeding years to rock and roll, country/western, and rap.