Thursday, May 26, 2011

Guns as Big as Steers & Shells as Big as Trees

Back again after Memorial Day weekend. This year, as it happens, the Monday holiday also falls on the actual holiday, which is May 30. It's fitting to remember the war dead of this country, of course, but also spare a moment for the servicemen of allied nations, such as the sailors on the HMS Hood, lost 70 years ago this week.

With that in mind, here's an unusual version of "Sink the Bismarck." I didn't know the Blues Brothers did a cover of the song, a bit of folk history originally written by Johnny Horton and Tillman Franks, but they did. Apparently the Blues Brothers' version was to have been in the movie The Blues Brothers, but it didn't make the cut.

Also, a scene from the 1960 movie Sink the Bismarck!, depicting the loss of the Hood. No CGI, but better for it. If you hear your inner Patsy whisper, "They're only models," the right thing to do is say shhhh!

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