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Take ‘Er Easy Thursday: Hot Shorts

Welcome to another edition of Take ‘Er Easy Thursday, loyal reader. You’ve almost made it through another work week and your reward is a tribute to a man who doesn’t believe in work. An’ I’m talkin’ about The Dude here. The Dude…in Los Angeles. He’s high in the running for laziest worldwide, and that’s just one of the things we find so durned innerestin about him.

Now, if you’re a Dudeist, maybe you already live a life full of driving around, the occasional acid flashback…you know, the usual. However, if you’re not that lucky and you still have to go to a job every day, know that you’re not alone. There are many Dudeists out there who don’t have the necessary means for The Dude’s life of leisure. Still, we probably think every day about leaving our job and never going back.

 

Hot Shorts has written an anthem for us called ” I Don’t Want To Do My Job Anymore.” I mean the title says it all, but of course you can’t have a song that’s just a title. Then the band comes up with a line like “I’m not even that good at it.” Can I get an “Amen”? My only beef with this song is that it’s too short. But then, work – even when it’s recording a song – is hard. Which is why we celebrate The Dude. Who am I to blame the band for a short song about hating work when it says everything it needs to say? Because after all, any criticism I might have about the length of the song is just – like – my opinion, man.

Well, that about wraps ‘er up. Until next time, you take ‘er easy. I know that you will.

Take ‘Er Easy Thursday: Jim Gaffigan

Welcome to another edition of our weekly celebration of The Dude, or His Dudeness, or El Duderino…if you’re not into the whole brevity thing. Now, I know you’re expecting a song that celebrates the ethos of The Dude, but I do like to change things up from time to time and do something different. Instead of music this week, we have comedy that is a celebration of laziness. I don’t know if Jim Gaffigan is a Dudeist, but he sure sounds like one in this bit. In fact, if The Dude is high in the running for laziest worldwide, then Jim Gaffigan is some of his best competition. And let’s face it, even if you’re expecting music today, is there ever a bad time for Jim Gaffigan? I don’t think so.

That about wraps ‘er up for this edition. I’ll catch you later on down the trail. Until next time, you take ‘er easy. I know that you will.

He ain't got a boss. How about you?

Take ‘er Easy Thursday – Mojo Nixon Ain’t Got No Boss

I’ll admit it, loyal reader. I kind of thought that I might follow the tenets of Take ‘er Easy Thursday and skip writing a post for today, particularly after transcribing half of one of the interviews for the spring issue. But well, I guess I found some inspiration in listening to Mojo Nixon. Mojo has long been a favorite of mine because he is truly rock n roll.

The title of this song is probably a dream for a lot of people. I mean, who hasn’t dreamt of a situation where answering to someone is a thing of the past. The story of this song, however, is even better than the title. It really is something to aspire to. It’s hard to not feel some jealousy when Mojo sings about not being a slave and not working another day in his life. Clearly, Mojo Nixon was The Dude before The Big Lebowski became a part of the parlance of our times. He’s got the right idea, realizing that he doesn’t like his job or his boss and just riding off into the sunset. I’m willing to bet that all of us have pictured ourselves in the scene described in this song. Let’s face it: that dream is why the lottery exists.  Of course, if you do decide to call off work and go have some fun – even if it’s just for one day of playing hooky – don’t blame me if you get busted. That aggression will not stand, man.

That about wraps ‘er up for another edition of Take ‘er Thursday, don’tcha think. Wraps ‘er all up. Until next time, you take ‘er easy. I know that you will.

Tattoo it on your for'ead

Take ‘Er Easy Thursday: Robert Earl Keen

Sometimes there’s a song – and I don’t mean a #1 hit – but sometimes there’s a song and it’s the song for it’s time and its time and place. You see, earlier this week I was browsing YouTube for Robert Earl Keen songs, and I came across this song. Now, you might say it’s an easygoing song -quite possibly the most easygoing song you’ll hear today, but if you ask me the song fits right in there on a Take ‘Er Easy Thursday.

Remember when The Dude is being chastised by The Big Lebowski and he just puts his sunglasses on and says, “Fuck it!” The Big Lebowski is so uptight that he tells The Dude to tattoo it on his for’ead.

I suppose some people might be offended because they think the message is vulgar. But you know, sometimes the message delivered by The Dude and in this a-here song I’m about to unfold is the best one. You know, when bad things seem to pile up, but in the grand scheme of things don’t mean anything, sometimes you just have to say…look at me. I’m ramblin’. I done innerduced it enough. Anyway, I think you’ll agree that Robert Earl Keen does it better than me. That about wraps ‘er up. I’ll catch ya later on down the trail. Until next time, take ‘er easy. I know that you will.

Yes! F--- it! That's your answer! That's your answer for everything!

Take ‘Er Easy Thursday: Days n Daze

Yes, I know. It’s been a while since my last Take ‘Er Easy Thursday post. Let’s not dwell on the past. Instead, let’s focus on this moment, which is another celebration of the ethos of The Dude. Now, I should say that this is a little different than some of the other songs we’ve featured for Take ‘er Easy Thursday. However, the title of this song is not only something The Dude says in the movie, but also something that The Big Lebowski recommended that The Dude tattoo on his forehead.

Certainly, The Dude is not the first guy to utter the words. But let’s face it. There is a lot of power in those two little words. Days n Daze realizes the power and the freedom in those words. Just check out the lyrics of the chorus.

Life’s a game

Life’s a joke

Fuck it! Why not go for broke?

Trade in all your chips and learn how to be free.

Why abstain? Why jump in line?

We’re all living on borrowed time.

Do what you like…

If that’s not Dudelike, I really don’t have any idea what is. The Dude certainly traded in his chips and learned how to be free to drive around, have the occasional acid flashback. Plus, we all know that The Dude doesn’t abstain: from drinking, recreational drug use, coitus, or telling off rich guys in their own homes. Think about it. When The Dude says “Fuck it!” it’s the ultimate battle cry of freedom. At that point, all The Big Lebowski can do is lecture him as The Dude walks out of the room. That right there is the power of those two little words. Well, I guess that wraps ‘er up. I’ll catch you later on down the trail. Until next time, you take ‘er easy. I know you will.

Take ‘Er Easy Thursday: Laurie Morvan Band

The Dude says, "No working during drinking hours."

The Dude says, “No working during drinking hours.”

Yes, I know. The posts have been sporadic this week. They (for better or worse) will probably remain that way for a while as I make some changes here at Incognito HQ. Obviously I couldn’t let anything stand in the way of another Take ‘Er Easy Thursday post. That’s right. I have been working on some other things, but I won’t let those other things interfere with our weekly tribute to the ethos of The Dude.

The thing about these Take ‘Er Easy Thursday posts is…I have no idea if these artists are Dudeists. What I do know is that these artists are great at capturing the Dudeist ethos in song. Take Laurie Morvan for instance. She basically wraps ‘er up with the first line of this song: “Ain’t nobody working during drinking hours.” Think about it. The Dude’s drinking hours are basically when he’s awake and you can bet your boots he’s not going to be working. And there’s a lot to be said for that. After all, do you think The Dude is going to choose being a cubicle jockey over fixing himself a White Russian whenever he feels like it? Not likely.

Now, I realize that Laurie Morvan goes on to sing about the working stiff who has worked hard all week and now the drinking hours (the weekend) have arrived. But let’s face it. No one would choose to be that working stiff instead of The Dude, whose most strenuous activity (when he’s not pursuing nihilists) is “driving around and the occasional acid flashback.” You tell me who has it figured out. That about wraps ‘er up, don’tcha think? Don’t let work get in the way of your drinking hours. And until next time, you take ‘er easy. I know that you will.

Take ‘Er Easy Thursday: Skavenjah

The more you can relax...

The more you can relax…

Greetings again, loyal reader. It’s Thursday once again and you know what that means. That means it’s our weekly celebration of the ethos of Jeff Lebowski aka The Dude, Duder, His Dudeness, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing. Sure The Dude might be someone the square community doesn’t care about, but he’s got it pretty well figured out as far as takin’ ‘er easy for all us sinners.

It seems that Skavenjah, a ska band from Regina, Saskatchewan, also has it pretty well figured out with just the first line of “Relax.” (Click the link to hear the tune.

Relax by Skavenjah

Dig these lyrics: “The more you can relax, the easier your life gets.” Tell me that doesn’t sum up The Dude. He takes it easy enough for all of us and let’s face it, he has it pretty easy. He bowls, he drinks, he drives around, and more than all of that, he doesn’t ever sit in a cubicle. I mean, it’s a pretty good life. To take it even one step further, the only time The Dude doesn’t take it easy is when he gets uptight about the whole Bunnie case. Ultimately, The Dude finds his center again and realizes that indeed the more he relaxes, the easier his life gets.

Frankly, it’s a lesson we can all take to heart. Sure, there’s the job where it seems like you spend most of your time and all the other things that threaten your happiness on a daily basis. But when you feel yourself getting uptight, just remember the words of Skavenjah and relax. Your life will probably improve once you can master that. Well, that about wraps ‘er up, don’tcha think. Until next time, you take ‘er easy. I know that you will.

Take ‘Er Easy Thursday: Lazy Man Blues

Chuck Mathieu: bluesman, Dudeist

Chuck Mathieu: bluesman, Dudeist

Welcome to another Dudesday, loyal reader. If you’re just joining us, this is our weekly celebration of the ethos of my favorite movie character: The Dude. Yes, The Dude is a lazy man, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate him. And today’s song…if it wasn’t written about The Dude, well, it was written by someone who is firmly on the path of Dudeism. Just look at the title: “Lazy Man Blues“ (click the link to hear the tune).

And the first line is, “Don’t feel like doin’ nothin’.” Well, you don’t need me to tell you that describes The Dude perfectly. He doesn’t feel like doin’ nothin’ except bowling, drinking white Russians, and listening to Bob. He follows that line with “Don’t want no part of workin’” You’re not alone there, Mr. Mathieu.

Then Chuck Mathieu gets to the heart of Take ‘Er Easy Thursday when he sings

There’s workin’ folks that just can’t relax

They’re working hard and breakin’ their backs

One day, they’ll all be dead from heart attacks.

Brothers and sisters, friends of the revolution, can I get an AMEN for Mr. Chuck Mathieu? Yea verily, he speaks the truth! He has seen the light just like The Dude, who is expert at taking it easy, and he sure isn’t gonna break his back working for The Man. And why would he when he can spend all his time at leisure?

Mathieu also has his own version of “Careful, man! There’s a beverage here!” when he warns against going too fast because he might fall and break his glass. Clearly, this is a man who follows the righteous path of Dudeism. And I take comfort in that. It’s nice to know that lazy guys like this are out there takin’ ‘er easy for all us sinners. That about wraps ‘er up. Until next time, you take ‘er easy. I know that you will.

Take ‘Er Easy Thursday: Todd Snider

Sometimes, loyal reader, I just have to give myself a head slap. This is one of those times. After all, how many installments of Take ‘Er Easy Thursday have I done? And I’m just now getting around to featuring quite possibly the most Dudelike singer out there: Todd Snider. To make up for this glaring omission, I’m going to give you two songs by Todd Snider.

The first is “All Right Guy.” In this song, Todd Snider discusses some behaviors that others see as foibles, but that ultimately he feels like he’s an all-right guy.

Likewise, The Dude does a lot of things that the square community doesn’t approve of. He doesn’t have a job. He smokes dope. He probably drinks too much. He curses excessively. He’s late on his rent. He drinks while he’s driving (OK, so that one is a valid complaint by the square community). He has casual sex (he’s just helping her conceive, man!).

But then look at the other side. He’s not trying to scam anyone. He doesn’t want a lot – just compensation for his rug that was micturated upon. And his Creedence tapes. He tells his landlord Marty that he will be there to witness Marty’s interpretive dance cycles. And then he follows through. He is very complimentary of both Jacky Treehorn and The Stranger. He helps Maude conceive.

So yeah, The Dude has his foibles and shortcomings. But you know something? Deep down he really is an all-right guy. After all, Walter might have your back in a fight, but The Dude will help you avoid a fight altogether.

Now, this second song has the potential to be a little more controversial. I avoid politics like the plague, but this song…well, you might say it fits right in there. I mean, it’s called “Hippies Like Me,” and that’s right up The Dude’s alley. Todd Snider describes himself as a “tree-hugging, peace-loving, pot-smoking, porn-watching, lazy-ass hippie.”

Now tell me that isn’t a summary of The Dude. He spent his college years occupying various administration buildings. He enjoys the occasional acid flashback. He wants Walter to take it easy. He does a J right in Mr. Lebowski’s home. And as for the porn…Logjammin’ anyone? Like I said, the song fits right in there. It is the song for The Dude’s time and place – no matter what side of the fence you fall on - and it’s not even by CCR.

Well, I guess that about wraps ‘er up. Until next time, you be an all-right guy or gal, and take ‘er easy. I know that you will.

Take ‘Er Easy Thursday: The Apple Scruffs

The Apple Scruffs with a funky version of "Just Dropped In"

The Apple Scruffs with a funky version of “Just Dropped In”

Welcome again, loyal reader, to our weekly Dudesday, where we celebrate the ethos of The Dude and things related to The Big Lebowski.Not long ago, loyal reader, I featured Murder By Death’s cover of “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” for Take ‘Er Easy Thursday. Well, in perusing Bandcamp, I found another great version of this song.

Ask yourself this question. What makes a great cover song? If you ask me, a great cover song is where a band takes the original and puts its own stamp on the song. The Apple Scruffs most certainly have put their own stamp on this song by making it a funk song. I’m willing to bet this song has never made you want to dance like this particular version. I don’t know about you, but I wonder what kind of dream sequence The Dude might have had if this version of the song were used in the movie. Specifically, I wonder what kind of dance moves we might have seen from The Dude if this song were the accompaniment. But then, maybe that’s…lost my train of thought there. Anyway, I done innerduced the song enough. Give it a listen, and until next time, you take ‘er easy. I know that you will.