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  1. Surprised there wasn't more comparison with A Clockwork Orange (beyond the underage comment). They both really had a central theme about the system and how an individual who doesn't fit is treated.  I would even say they both attempt to take the easy way out from their sentences with serious consequences.  A Clockwork Orange dwells a little more on the after while Cuckoo's Nest is more blunt with the Lobotomy and pillow bit.  

    I did a term paper on Burgess way back when and seem to remember stories of him travelling to Leningrad (the drunk and stowaway parts seem to not have been true) where he was treated nicely and came to the conclusion that people are good by the system was bad.  Perhaps that doesn't come across as clearly in the movie?   It's been a while since i've seen either.  

  2. The refugees in the Philippines would have been ARVN (South Vietnamese) who were our allies. They would have fought against other Vietnamese and not Americans in the war. So beyond basic reliving war experiences I don’t think they would have been anything particularly notable about having to film scenes fighting against US troops. That was a bit of a fishing trip to find something by which to be offended.


    Also, the Vietnamese fought many wars: the thing we call ‘The Vietnam War’ is sometimes called the American War to distinguish it from the ones against the French, the Chinese, World was II (and they had to eventually roll into Cambodia to end the Khmer Rouge nonsense). I’ve read quite a few return to Vietnam stories from Vietnam vets and they are always surprised by how warmly they are greeted by former NVA and VC opponents. Of course, it’s easier to be mangnamous when you win...

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  3. My buddy played Baritone Sax and I remember the day came in and had discovered Morphine. Completely blown away there was a band with a bari and just bari, bass, and drums.


    I will say David Lowery from Camper Van sorta got a bit of revenge when his Cracker song named Low was a big hit. You take our electric mandolin, we will take Low. (I know Lowery isn't the mandolin player and that guy didn't make it to Cracker, but still)


    I was waiting for it on one of Lance's demo tracks and couldn't believe it never came!


    I was all "I'm pretty sure Les Claypool was around by then" when Scott called Meek Mills the best bass player ever. But then I heard the demo track. Suck it Les!


    *That was an actual autocorrect once where I tried to type Mike Mills and it switched it to Meek Mill. Oh, 2018.

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  5. Hey, I have a question. How likely is it that on their major television debut that not only would they replace a band member with a session musician but basically advertise him to the viewing audience like he's a permanent member?




    And if Mr. White is all about image, why does he let the session guy play under his ridiculous name Wolfman? Even the TV producer's like, 'Whoa, too scary' but even then the name 'WOLFMAN' is forever enshrined as a member of the band.


    Make him Chet. Or George. Yeah, George.


    And why don't anyone back home in Pennsylvania say to their television "shit, where's Tee Bee Player gone"?


    Why isn't it just like when No Doubt plays and everyone just pretends the rasta horn players aren't really part of the band? They could have done that. Or GONE ON AS A THREE PIECE, unless they're not lip syncing.


    I did like that this helped us avoid having to put the bass player's name up on screen. Nice work, Hanx.


    Still. Thoughts on Wolfman?


    I'm late with this, but i'm not so sure it would have been so strange to have a different member for the TV appearance. This old Buffalo Springfield clip has a figure with his back to the camera playing bass, because the bassist had been deported to Canada. Not exactly the same situation, but they felt they had to have someone playing bass, and since they are lip synching to a recorded track, they just go with it.



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  6. This one is a real stretch, but I could be convinced Ice-T was playing himself in the future as a reincarnated kangaroo-man fusion in Tank Girl. I mean, he says he was a cop, but he's played a lot of cops on TV...


    Angry Anderson and Issac Hayes are in Beyond Thunderdome and Escape from New York respectively, but I don't think there's any evidence either is supposed to be themselves in any form.