poison to the mind


this life is for squirrels

We haven't had anything by a cartoonist yet this week, have we? Not that I've got an endless supply, but might as well keep it a running theme for as long as I think of it...

Walt Kelly, after early years working on corporate properties, spent several decades exploiting his own creation as much as possible. Pogo Possum and the other denizens of the Okefenokee Swamp appeared not only in a newspaper strip, but also their own comic books, all manner of merchandise, knick-knacks, foofooraws, and what-have-you. And on more than one occasion, on record. Here we have They Might Be Giants, at an instore in Newtown four years ago, covering "Lines Upon A Tranquil Brow" from the LP Songs Of The Pogo - plus their own introduction to the song, affectionately dissing Kelly's original vocal performance.

TMBG - Walt Kelly intro [instore]
TMBG - Lines Upon A Tranquil Brow [instore]

In the intro above, you'll hear John Flansburgh suggesting Ebay as your best source for Songs of The Pogo. No longer! Some enterprising fans have achieved a CD reissue of the album, generously padded out with various 45s, rehearsal tapes and extra Kelly.
You can buy CDs and shirts and mugs and loads and loads of MP3s (studio records and entire concerts) and other stuff besides, straight from TMBG.

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