Song-Off Jr.: Magical Modes of Transportation

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Nighttime and an electrical storm in the Mexican heat flashes, high on acid, the lightning breaking out – there! – there! – and the electricity flows through him and out of him, a second skin, a suit of electricity, and if the time was ever now it is – Now! – and he hurls his hand toward the sky to make the lightning break out where he points – Now! – we’ve got to close it, the gap between the flash and the eye, and make it, the reentry into Now … as Superheroes … open … until he falls to the beach and Mountain Girl finds him holding his throat and choking as if he is gagging on sand …

Beyond acid. They have made the trip now, closed the circle, all of them, and they either emerge as superheroes, closing the door behind them, and soaring through the hole in the sapling sky, or just lollygag in the loop – the loop of the lag – Almost clear! Presque vu! – many good heads have seen it – Paul telling the early Christians: hooking down wine for the Holy Spirit – sooner or later the Blood has got to flood into you for good – Zoroaster telling his followers: you can’t keep taking haoma water to see the flames of Vohu Mano – you’ve got to become the flames, man – And Dr. Strange and Sub Mariner and the Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic Four and the Human Torch prank about on the Rat walls of la casa grande like stroboscopic sledgehammer Cassady’s fons et origo ::::: and it is either make this thing permanent inside of you or forever just climb draggled up into the conning tower every time for one short glimpse of the horizon:::::

–from The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

The Beatles – “Magical Mystery Tour”

The Who – “Magic Bus”

Steppenwolf – “Magic Carpet Ride”


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Last week voters chose Craps as their favorite method of losing last week’s wages, as Rush’s “Roll the Bones” took 32 percent of the vote, followed closely by Blood, Sweat & Tears’ “Spinning Wheel,” which took 27 percent. Next week we celebrate having summer in full swing with a few of my favorite songs about surfing.




  • http://www.kenshane.com kshane

    This was a very tough competition. In the end I chose the Beatles, though I could have easily chosen either of the others.

  • http://www.wingsforwheels.net dslifton

    Was about to go with The Who, then I remembered Entwistle describing why he hated playing it live.

    “It's 8 minutes of A.”

    Beatles it is.

  • http://www.bullz-eye.com DavidMedsker

    I love the Beatles, but I gotta take the magic carpet.

  • http://jackfear.blogspot.com Jack Feerick

    The actual vehicle used for the Magical Mystery Tour was also a bus, presumably a magic one, so I'm thinking that 2/3 of this poll is a distinction without a difference.

    Also, the Pudding's version of “Magic Bus” – released a full year before the Who's – is fucking hysterical.

  • http://jackfear.blogspot.com Jack Feerick

    The actual vehicle used for the Magical Mystery Tour was also a bus, presumably a magic one, so I'm thinking that 2/3 of this poll is a distinction without a difference.

    Also, the Pudding's version of “Magic Bus” – released a full year before the Who's – is fucking hysterical.

  • http://www.bullz-eye.com DavidMedsker

    I love the Beatles, but I gotta take the magic carpet.

  • http://jackfear.blogspot.com Jack Feerick

    The actual vehicle used for the Magical Mystery Tour was also a bus, presumably a magic one, so I'm thinking that 2/3 of this poll is a distinction without a difference.

    Also, the Pudding's version of “Magic Bus” – released a full year before the Who's – is fucking hysterical.

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