Rock and Droll

SosfDavidO here! Sorry about today’s snoozer, I didn’t know we were going to be forced to go back to history class. Still, learning things about the early days of rock and roll beats being in a small room with Les and Ghost Wife or being stuck with Creepy John or Mopey Pete.

Today’s strip is like watching wallpaper dry. Why are we here? How is this advancing the strip at all? Who are half these people, and why should we even care?!


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11 responses to “Rock and Droll

  1. What is more, why are we given a distorted version of events that makes Elvis look like a worse person than he actually was? Why are we expected to praise Batiuk for dragging us through a man-child’s garden of misinformation?

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Hmmm, history is usually interesting to me. Having Batty tell us what he saw while on vacation is not interesting in the least.

    • bad wolf

      Weeks like this just make me suspect the cartoonist took a vacation and wanted to write it off on his taxes. “Research!”

  3. Chyron HR

    “And this was the very spot where Elvis stole the black man’s music.”
    “That’s just like what happened to the creators of Starbuck Jones!”

  4. Hannibal's Lectern

    Well, this is just weird: on the far left of the panel, we have what looks like a family group posing in front of the “Tin Roof.” On the far right, we have somebody apparently aiming a camera at them. And in between, the Bedside Manure Band. Does this make any sense at all?

  5. billytheskink

    TB: “So my thought is we’ll do a two-week travelogue of Memphis. I went on vacation there last year, you know. It’ll be like that Rick Steves, except… you know that black guy who plays in the Bedside Manor band and never says anything? He’s gonna be the tour guide of sorts because I’m making him a former Memphis resident with big connections to the blues scene down there. In fact, I’m bringing Dinkle and the rest of the band along too! I had started something a while back about them raising money to record a CD, so I figure, how about if they record their CD at Sun Studio in Memphis? And they’ll get to see all of the cool stuff in Memphis that I saw! There were lots of brick buildings and photo-reference-able signs for you to draw. So, what do you think?”

    Burchett: “My checks will still cash, right?”


  6. Epicus Doomus

    Ummm, yeah. BanTom doing a guided tour of Memphis’ rich musical history is like Mr. Rogers doing a walking tour of 1980s New York hardcore punk clubs. “And they called this new music “the blues” because it embodied how depressed they were”…fascinating stuff right here. Informative too, as before today I, like most people, assumed that Grand Funk Railroad invented rock and roll. Go figure.

    • LTPFTR

      Except Mr. Rogers respected his audience and took their concerns seriously. I like to believe that he would have found the bottom of his well of graciousness and told Batiuk that this stuff is ridonkulous.

    • batgirl

      To be fair to Mr. Rogers, he did an excellent breakdancing segment, treating the youngster who demonstrated with respect and interest. I don’t think the man was capable of smirking. Thinking of TB portraying that situation….agh.

  7. Professor Fate

    I’m sorry – that’s not even close to way it happened. Not one little bit. Other than the song was by Arthur Crudup and Elvis recorded it. But that’s it. The short version was they were trying to record something but nothing was working so they took a break, Elvis started fooling around with That’s All Right and Scotty Moore (guitar) and Bill Black (Bass) joined in – Sam Phillips hearing this leaded his head out of the control booth – “what are you doing?” he asked.
    “we don’t know” they said. “well find a place to start and do it again” Phillips said and started running tape – not sure how many takes later they had the song.

  8. hitorque

    1. When did a bunch of lily-white Westview denizens get this interested in the blues and blues history?

    2. Weren’t they supposed to be recording a record? How do they have time to tour the whole city? Isn’t studio recording time, you know, really really expensive? Don’t they all have numerous medical issues which require regular medical supervision?? Isn’t a bunch of assisted-living seniors going to Memphis to cut a plate *REALLY* big news? Like big?? Shouldn’t there be some beaming proud kids and grandkids somewhere??

    3. Who knew a bunch of 70- and 80-somethings could easily take a walking tour of Memphis in the dead of winter? Meanwhile Funky can’t even power-walk for 100 meters without grabbing oxygen?

    4. It’s funny because to this day I don’t think it has ever been specified what kind of music the senior band plays…

    5. As god-awful as it is, at least it isn’t those sepia-colored jaggoffs from 1955 at Bantom Comics or Masone Jarre or the Flash Museum or communist sympathiser on Viagra Cliffe Angere…

    6. I hate to remind folks, but Starsuck Jonez: The Prequel to the Sequel to the Trilogy was nominated for every major Academy Award like 6 months before it ever got released… So I guess we know what the February/March storylines will be…