That’s right. The Raver is scouring the streets of one of the great American cities this week…Montreal, steady looking for that vintage vinyl. Seriously, it is shocking how much American culture dominates this French-Canadian territory. I mean, just like America, the people are rude-as-shit, hippies begging for cash on the corners, and each restaurant greasier that the previous one. I’ll tell you what though, Montreal has something that you will never find in the good ole US of A (well, maybe in Vegas, but I disowned Vegas in 2003). Michael Jackson street performers! I shit you not. On every corner too. I can watch that all day. Most would say that Michael Jackson is a great American export, although I would disagree (I have a problem with alleged kid-diddlers and convicted ones too). Here are a few others you can thank us for:
1. The Simpsons (Love it so much that it’s all I’m watching while in Montreal, AND IT’S IN FRENCH!)
2. Ice (They look at me here like a lunatic when I ask where the ice machine is. So American)
3. Great zombie movies (I will explain)
So it appears that they are filming a zombie movie or television show outside my hotel. I realized it when I woke up, opened the curtains, looked down, and saw about 50 zombies creeping down the street. I flipped. Thought the end was near. I asked the concierge about the zombies (“Is this a Montreal thing?”) and he said no worries, just filming for TV. Whew! Thought I was done for. So my mind started to wonder: wouldn’t it be great if there was a “Zombie Circus”? A real travelling circus, just with zombies. They would do trapeze, high wire walking, etc. They could stick their heads in the mouths of lions, and when the lions bite off their heads, they keep performing headless. I would go see that.
So to mark my trip to Montreal, here are a few cuts from Eek-A-Mouse’s superb 1988 album “U-Neek,” produced by Gussie Clarke for Peace Posse, including “Rudeboy Gone A Foreign.”. If you don’t have this one, track it down…it’s a killa. Hard to find though.
One note, I get tears in my eyes when I listen to the first one here “Let The Children Play.” An elementary school in Moore, Oklahoma was decimated today by the devil’s tornado. Multiple casualties. Unspeakable.