Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pheaturing Harry Shearer

Hey kids, welcome to the Phile... how are you? Let's start off with some good news, shall we? Martin Shkreli is headed to jail. Martin Shkreli, the infamous hobgoblin known as Pharma Bro, has been found guilty of several counts of fraud. Known for drastically raising the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent overnight, was convicted of two counts of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud, facing up to 20 years in prison. He was convicted by a jury of his peers...

Hahahaha. I hope they surprise Shkreli and increase his sentence by 5000% overnight. Martin Shkreli is just Jared Kushner without dry-cleaning. That's all I am saying about him. Moving on...
Oh no! "The Little Mermaid Live!" musical planned to air on ABC on October 3rd, has been canceled. "The Wonderful World of Disney: Little Mermaid Live" musical was to be a two-hour special that would be part live-action and part animation. Now we’ll never get the pleasure of seeing it. Sadface. "USA Today" reports that they decided to cancel the Disney live musical because of budget constraints, though actors were about to begin rehearsals and sets had already been built. Originally, the project was postponed, with an ABC spokesperson telling TV Line, "We love the idea of doing a live musical and want to make it wonderful. The project is so unique that we are making best efforts to do it next year and want to give it all the attention it deserves." This isn’t the only live TV musical project that was bumped: though not canceled, NBC’s production of "Bye Bye Birdie Live!," starring Jennifer Lopez, was postponed due to her schedule. Other live events coming up include "Jesus Christ Superstar," "A Christmas Story," and "Rent." A live-action big screen version of The Little Mermaid is currently in the works, with Lin-Manuel Miranda and composer Alan Menken attached to write new music.
Japanese organizations are apparently pretty well-known for their creative promotional mascots, and that's where this story begins and ends. Meet Kan-chan. Kancho is the Japanese word for enema.

Kan-chan works for Tokyo-based Ichijiku Pharmaceutical Co., according to the Verge, and Ichijiku designed it after releasing their home enema kits. Still, according to RocketNews24, the "company insists she's actually a penguin, and that what looks like an enema cap on the top of her head is actually a hair accessory." In case you've never had the pleasure of seeing an enema in real life, I took the liberty of doing a Google Image search on your behalf...

Compare that very clinical enema kit to the pink very pink Kan-chan. There's a strong resemblance. That'll be because about a year ago, Ichijiku Pharmaceutical "held a contest to create a new mascot for the company." Don't hide who you are, Kan-chan. The world needs your pink smile now more than ever.
Former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden have a bromance so pure that if you still cry from time to time thinking about how much you love them together, I won't judge you at all. So in honor of Obama's birthday, Joe Biden took to Twitter to share a sweet message, alongside the cutest dang photo of them ever.

The photo is really everything an Obama-Biden fan could have hoped for in a birthday post. They're laughing, Obama is gazing at Biden with love in his eyes, and they both rolled their shirt sleeves up to match each other. Twinsies! Can you imagine Donald Trump and Mike Pence sharing a moment like that? No, no you cannot. Sigh. It's going to be a long four years.
Someone hide Donald Trump's phone, because the president is not going to like this new cover of "Newsweek."

Yikes. The cover accompanies a larger story entitled "Trump, America’s Boy King: Golf and Television Won’t Make America Great Again." Here is a particularly brutal excerpt from the article, [He] sits and stews, like Al Bundy, the shoe-selling protagonist of 'Married … With Children,' the sitcom of roiling white discontent that predicted Trump better than any political scientist or pundit. Unsatisfying job, ungrateful children, all around him a nation in decline. Bundy dreams of the days when he was a high school football star; Trump, of his election-night romp through the Upper Midwest." So how long until Donald Trump calls "Newsweek" "fake news?"
Hey, it's Sunday... instead of doing this blog thing I should be listening to this record...

Ever go to Goodwill? You can buy some interesting things there, like this...

I bet I would look good in those. Hahaha. I think Mark Hamill, who is Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies is one of the wittiest celebrities I know when it comes to signing his autograph... check it out...

That's brilliant. So, if you are thinking of cheating on your loved one you might wanna think twice after seeing this...

Damn! I like to follow the rules in life, but someone people just take it a little too far...

Hahahaha. I was in the book store the other day and I saw this "Sweet Valley High" book and I was like what the hell are they teaching kids?

So, the Democrat party has a new slogan but I am not sure it's the best slogan...

Hmmm. Man, some people in Florida have the worst choices for license plates...

So, do you remember Ice Cube? This is how he looks now...

Feel old yet? Hahahahahaha. That's sooooo stupid. That's as stupid as...

Speaking of "The Simpsons" today's guest, Harry Shearer, does a shit load of voices on that show. I was at the store the other day and I saw this inspirational Simpsons poster....

Hahaha. That's very true. So, a lot of people get on the Internet and look at porn... you might be reading this blog and think to yourself you wanna stop and look at porn. So, I thought of a way to keep you here and still show you porn. The problem is that blogspot won't let me show porn and not only that you might be at work and won't be able to see porn anyway. I have a solution for that as well, kids.

Happy? So, it's summer and in the past I have shown you some bathing suits or bikinis you might see at the beach this year. Like this one...

Shoppers were shocked to find a topless Disney princess on a child's swimsuit in British retail giant Asda at the Ventura Retail Park, in Tamworth. The Little Mermaid's Ariel was seen without her trusty shell bra due to a suspected manufacturing issue. An Asda spokesperson said, “We're sorry for the printing error on the Little Mermaid swimsuit, which was caused during the production process. It only affected a small number of the swimsuits which were available from George, and we'd like to reassure our customers that we have removed all stock from sale and will ensure this doesn't happen again.” Where are the nipples? And now from the home office in Port Jefferson, New York, here is...

Top Phive Things What "The Mooch" Is Doing Today
5. Checking job sites to see if there are any openings for "Clueless Loudmouth Assholes."
4. Calling Reince Priebus to apologize for calling him a "fucking paranoid schizophrenic," when he meant to call him a "spineless shit for brains."
3. Taking his hair in for its annual oil change.
2. Telling everyone he had "the weirdest dream" about being the President's communication director.
And the number one thing that "The Mooch" is doing today is...
1. Seeing if he can cancel that order for business cards.

This is kinda stupid I admit. If you spot the Mindphuck let me know. It's kind of a stretch. So, are you going on a date this week or to work? Well, you might need something to talk about so that's where I come in. I am here to help. So, once again, here is the Phile's most popular new pheature...

Phact 1: In 1956, the U.S. government set many containers of beer next to two atomic bombs that were detonated to determine if the beer was still drinkable. In the event of a nuclear war, beer is perfectly safe to drink.
Phact 2: While a Westboro spokeswoman was boasting about how the church foiled Anonymous on a radio talk show, an Anonymous spokesman called in and hacked the church's website in real time on air.
Phact 3: Record for the highest score during an association football game is 149-0, in match between two arch-rival teams in Madagascar. The losing side scored 149 own goals during the match protesting a controversial referee decision in the previous game.
Phact 4: The Pledge of Allegiance in schools was conceived by a businessman who wanted to sell flags. Also, before Nazis used to salute that is now commonly referred to as the "Hotler salute." Americans did it whole saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
Phact 5: If Bart Simpson had aged normally, he'd now be 34, the age Marge Simpson was in the first season. "The Simpson's" has literally been on the air for an entire generation.

Are you lazy? If so, I bet you're not as lazy as the person who did this...

I wonder if that actually worked. So, some people know how to win at life and are lucky. That's why I have a pheature called...

Today's ribbon goes to... order Mexican president Vicente Fox Quesada, because he dropped the fuckin' F-bomb on live TV. The fuckin' former president of Mexico is not afraid to match Trump's bombast and catchphrase skills when it comes to the issue of the #FuckenWall. Fox appeared on CNN a few days ago and got heated talking about Trump's proposed billion dollar ineffectual monument to anti-Mexican racism, A.K.A. the wall. Fox wasn't afraid to swear and swear he did.
Fox's name promptly started trending as people were psyched to hear a politician tell it like it is (even though that's what got us into this mess in the first place).

And now for some sad news...

Ara Parseghian 
May 21st, 1923 — August 2nd, 2017
Die like a champion today.

"The Washington Post" has obtained transcripts of two of President Donald Trump's absolutely batshit conversations with foreign leaders back in January. Some heroes embedded in the White House shared the records of Trump's chats with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and they're wild. Not in a good way. Highlights include Trump whining to Peña Nieto, "If you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that." He also is corrected by Turnbull that the Boston Bombers did not come from the Middle East. A particularly meme-able moment comes from Trump ranting about refugees to Turnbull, insisting that they will be bad people, not ones who will "go on to work for the local milk people." "Local milk people," presumably means DAIRY FARMERS, not farm-to-table restaurateurs. Whatever it means, it's a moo point.Read the whole transcript of Donald Trump's crazy calls to foreign leaders here... For your own safety, please wear a helmet, because you'll be banging your head against the desk.

The 64th book to be pheatured in the Phile's Book Club is...

The author and Phile Alum Gary Gerani will be the guest on the Phile in a few weeks.

Bart Simpson
Bart Simpson is an animated television character who, like his biggest fans, has been a 10-year-old boy for over two decades.

This is so fucking cool... today's pheatured guest is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, writer, musician, director and producer. He is known for his long-running roles on "The Simpsons", his work and the comedy band Spinal Tap. His latest CD "Can't Take a Hint" is available on iTunes. Please welcome to the Phile the fantastic... Harry Shearer.

Me: Hello, Harry, welcome to the Phile. It's such an honor to have you here. I can't believe it. How are you, sir?

Harry: I'm good. Thanks for having me.

Me: Okay, so, I know you don't want to talk about "The Simpsons," Harry, but you have been a cast member in that show since the beginning. Just tell the readers which characters you play.

Harry: Sigh. Okay. Mr. Burns, Smithers, Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman, Reverend Lovejoy, Ned Flaunders...

Me: Ned is one of my favorite characters on the show. Okay, let's talk about your latest album "Can't Take a Hint." Can't take hint about what?

Harry: The fact that the first two records I released got Grammy nominations and the last one didn't. 

Me: Hahaha. There's an interesting mix of musical styles on the record... gospel, county, New Orleans jazz, is that all your personal taste in music?

Harry: It's reflective of the fact that I have no personal style of my own. The songs are written in the style that seems to fit the subject or the idea of the song. I go stylistically where the idea of the song leads as opposed to having a personal style at all. I do my best to work in the restraints of the box of that particular style.

Me: You have some very cool guests on the record... Dr. John, Fountains of Wayne, Jamie Cullum... did you have these people in mind when you were writing the songs?

Harry: No, the songs are always written just for me to do. When we got around to putting this record together that thought occurred that maybe we should get better singers than me to do them. Especially the ones that are wackily outside my range. The songs suggested who should do them rather then songs being written for particular people. Jamie was the obvious choice for that kind of swinging "hey, don't blame me" song. The Fountains one is the one inspiration where the group inspired the song in sense. I've been listening to "Welcome Interstate Managers" in the car one morning and the song occurred to me because I read something in one of the Hollywood trade papers about Madonna signing a deal to pitch vodka. The headline said, "Madonna Joins Ranks Of Celebrities Booze Endorsers." I didn't know they had ranks. I didn't know there was such a job. That phase just immediately sang itself to me and as I have been listening to the Fountains it came out as somewhere between a homage and piss-take on a Fountain song.

Me: I love the Fountains of Wayne, and I love that song. So, the record seems to have a theme am I right?

Harry: A lot of the songs on these record are about where we are as a culture, not to be too pretentious about it. "A Few Bad Apples" is really about people at the top have made themselves a deal where they don't have to be accountable for the major fuck-ups that they do anymore. With "Celebrity Booze Endorser" it's basically rock and roll was a thing you could do to avoid the corporate world and how we got to the point where rock and roll and hip are businesses you can get into so you CAN be enthralled in the corporate world.

Me: One song that makes me laugh on the CD is "Deaf Boys." Were you afraid people were thinking you went over the line?

Harry: I think I know by this time where the line is and to me you never make fun of victims in any tragedy or heinous event. It seemed to me that the obvious target here was the guy. I just thought the cool, goofy, weird, interesting thing to do is to try to write a song from his point of view. It's something Randy Newman specializes in... writing songs in a point of view of really awful people. I'm not comparing myself to Randy Newman but I'm just saying it's not a stylistic choice I'm not the first to make.

Me: Was it planned to be an a cappella song, sir?

Harry: I've written the words and I was trying to find out a musical setting for it and no instrumentation seemed to work. Then I realized then it should be Gregorian chant meets doo-wop. It wasn't written to be an a cappella song. It just came out that way.

Me:  Your songs are written in first, second and third person even, am I right?

Harry: "Celebrity Booze Endorser" is written in third person because it was influenced by a Fountain song. "When the Crocodile Cries" is written in the second or third person, but I do find in more interesting challenges writing in the first person of these people you may be concerned with. Currently when I'm writing spoken word pieces I always try to write inside these characters, opposed to standing outside going he stinks. That just seems lame and futile to me but something interesting happens of you get inside their heads it seems.

Me: In the video for "Deaf Boys" is very effective. You can only see the bottom half of your face... was that your idea?

Harry: Yeah, I thought getting rid of the eyes was such a crucial step. It wasn't consciously done I don't think. It gives you the effect of looking at somebody from the other side of the confessional. 

Me: I love the track "Autumn in New Orleans," sir. Dr. John plays so great on it. What made you include that song which is a serious song on a comedy album?

Harry: I just like the song. My job it seemed to me was to pick the best songs that I've written in the last little while that I liked best, that I thought were the best songs and the most valued to me. I didn't draw any thematic lines or specifications as to what the songs would be. I was very happy with that song and happy that Dr. John wanted to do it and I could get Nicholas Payton and some amazing jazz musicians of the age to be part of it... that whole band was so amazing. The fact that it wasn't a satirical song is sort of a lame reason for keeping to off the record. It was basically up to me, there was no one else making the choice, so I thought might as well. Songs come to me... and I don't want to be acting as a nasty gate-keeper when they do. I don't say they don't fit, I just let them in.

Me: Did you make a lot of demos for these songs, sir? How are they different from the tracks on the album if so?

Harry: I do pretty detailed demos then the producer who does most of these tracks, CJ Vanston in L.A. takes them and I say those are the ideas have at 'em. Obviously in the demos in the modern age I play everything myself... the idea is to get some real players in and walk all those ideas upstairs to make it sound like real music at that point. For example, the demo for "A Few Bad Apples," had all synth horns and stuff but we have real horn players and a real drummer on the record. CJ and I have worked on four records together and he is also the music director of Spinal Tap when we do live shows. He has worked with Chris Guest on some of his records and he works with real musicians as well. He's absolutely brilliant and what I love about him is I can't throw a stylistically approach at him that has him baffled or not knowing the rules of that particular style so we can go anywhere it seems.

Me: Many of the songs were written for your podcast "Le Show," right?

Harry: That's the only thing that makes me write.

Me: Do you always have a subject in mind that you want to address?

Harry: Yes, I don't write a song just for the sake of doing it. A phrase, like "celebrity booze endorser," something happened in my head. That's a singable phrase and funny phrase. Normally it's phrases and ideas that make me want to write a song. 

Me: I know you play bass but didn't know you played pano. Did you learn piano at an early age? 

Harry: I was changed to the piano at an early age.

Me: Hahaha. Is that the instrument you use for songwriting?

Harry: Yeah, you can't really write a song on bass, it doesn't go anywhere. One song you can write on bass and that's "Big Bottom." The piano is where my songwriting happens.

Me: Your wife, Judith Owen, is also a pianist and songwriter... do you bounce a lot of ideas off her when you write and vice versa?

Harry: She bounces them off me because she likes to work that way. She'll have a song in progress and would ask me to play bass on it. I'm very much the opposite. I don't let anybody else into the process until it's done and I sit quivering hoping that she likes it. She's a serious and talented musician so I don't bother her with my little songs.

Me: You mentioned "Big Bottom," how did that song get to be written on the bass?

Harry: With the idea of a song called "Big Bottom" where everybody in the band played bass. It was about girls with big butts. We knew we wanted to write that song and I don't remember of I came up with that first bass riff to start it off or if we wrote the song first and then we started to play it and that riff came. I think we wrote the lyrics first, then wrote a chord chart, and then started to play it and we all went to our basses and I played that riff and everybody filled in their parts around it. The basic skeleton for the song came before that.

Me: Did all you guys write the songs for Spinal Tap?

Harry: Totally. The four of us would usually come up with a title first and a sort of an idea what the song is about, and either Michael would go away and either sketch out a musical notion for it or we'll write the lyrics first. In conceiving the lyrics we were all four sitting around, having laughs.

Me: Were the songs written for the movie?

Harry: Oh, yeah. We were trying to represent the grand panoply of a mediocre bands catalogue. So, we knew we wanted a pretentious, pseudo-historical epic, hence "Stonehenge." We wanted a song that reflected the very simple rock and roll... hence "Give Me Some Money." Which of course reflected their status in the business at that point. We knew conceptually what kind of songs we needed to fill out this sense that this band has been going on for awhile, chugging along on two cylinders.

Me: With the 60s sounding music like "Cups and Cakes" and "(Listen to the) Flower People," did you study that kind of music before writing those songs?

Harry: Well, unfortunately we were old enough to remember it. We didn't have to study it, we were there. We were just pulling out the stuff that made us laugh the first time around.

Me: Were you influenced by Neil Innis' the Rutles stuff a few years earlier?

Harry: I have nothing but admiration for Neil and great love for the Rutles project. We were very aware of it, but we were very aware that we were doing something different, because The Rutles was very plainly, very extravagantly about an alternative universe version of a specific band. We were not. We were about a purely fictional band that one moment might remind you of one band and another moment might remind you of another. We admired it, but we thought we were doing something different.

Me: My dad, show as Lonesome Dave in Foghat, always said that the look of Derek Smalls was copied from Foghat's Craig MacGregor... they both look similar. I have a pic of Craig and my dad to show you...

Me: Anyway, is that true?

Harry: We were not being specific, we were taking little bits and pieces and turning them into a particular band of its own. That's cool about who your dad was, I'm a big fan.

Me: Did Rob Reiner help write the songs, Harry, as you said you had four writers?

Harry: Yeah, he was sitting there with us writing lyrics. He didn't have much to say on the musical side but on the lyrical side he was absolutely part of the collaboration.

Me: Was the writing process the same for the "Break Like the Wind" album?

Harry: There was no real tab in the interim to stockpile the songs. We had gotten together in I think '90 or '91 and the thing had been big enough for us to do what we always anticipated the last stage of the project which was a proper tour. We then decided to do a second record so that'll it be enough songs for a show if we just did the songs for the soundtrack and said, "good-night" you would not have some happy people. Some of the songs for "Break Like the Wind" were written in the original style of all three of us sitting together. And some of the songs on that record and "Back From the Dead," that we did a few years ago, were individuals songs from sort of their characters perspective. Chris came with a wonderful Nigel song called "Clam Caravan" which is still one of my favorite Tap songs. I came in with a couple of songs, Michael came in with a bunch of songs and we all worked together on them to get them into shape to play.

Me: I have to ask you about A Mighty Wind. The Folksmen was a band before the movie, right? 

Harry: Well, yeah, we've been doing The Folksmen since 1984 when we did them on an episode of "Saturday Night Live." Then we played a few actual folk festival gigs as The Folksmen just to mystify people. "I kinda remember them, but I kinda don't." people said. Really it was the same thing we did with Tap... getting our feet wet playing to crowds before they knew who were were or what we were doing, just to get the sense of what that band would be like what that band would be like in performance. There's only one way to find out and that is to do performances. We did a couple of shows at a festival at Royce Hall at UCLA so we knew pretty much The Folksmen pretty well by time the movie came along. It's why I was amazed by the people in the other two bands in A Mighty Wind. We had a running start, they were starting from scratch and they got up there very fast. I mean, the musical performances in the movie are basically undoctored. They weren't pre-recorded and we didn't go to post and fix them. Chris said we were going to use what you do that night. He told us not far in advance. So, there was a fear/adrenaline factor with people. I think that's why he wanted that, he wanted that for the drama of the film. Man, I was watching what the other people were doing just being amazed because the New Main Street Singers had never existed days before that concert. Nor had Mitch & Mickey. I was in awe with what went down that night.

Me: John Michael Higgins was born to sing "The Good Book Sing," right?

Harry: Well, Higs is one of the most delightful people in terms of music. I think Chris created the New Main Street Singers because during Best In Show anytime they weren't shooting Higgins was button-holing two or three cast members, teaching them the parts. He loves to sing, and he loves to do group singing, and he has a great ear for vocal arrangements. Teaching them to otter people and getting them to sing with him, he's just a natural.

Me: So, did you have Michael McKean in mind when you wrote that song?

Harry: Michael and I were just writing a couple of songs that seemed to for the general tin pan alley's version of folk music. One was "Never Did No Wondering," 'cause there were lot of wondering songs, and there was always some good time gospel songs. We just threw them into the pot and we hadn't really thought about who was going to sing those songs.

Me: My favorite song from the movie was "Old Joe's Place." That song always makes me smile. Was that song fun to write, sir?

Harry: Yes. For the "Saturday Night Live" piece the bit was about the band having been hired to perform on "Saturday Night Live" and having an argument about which of their songs they were going to perform. So we had to write three or four fragments of songs for them to propose. They didn't want to do "Old Joe's Place" because "Old Joe's Place" was their only hit. They though we are not going to do that again, it's "Saturday Night Live." We want to show that we are more than that goofy novelly song. So they are arguing and arguing and arguing and finally ladies and gentlemen, the Folksmen and they cmd out and do "Old Joe's Place." It was the first song we had written for them where we wrote a complete song and we wrote it specifically to be that kind of annoyingly, catchy that they caught a bit of gold dust with one time and looked down on for the rest of their career.

Me: I love your album "Songs Pointed and Pointless" which I downloaded from iTunes. I know it came out ten years ago, but the songs are still relevant. The Beach Boys sounding "Waterboardin' USA" is great. That's a political album and holds up to this day I think, am I right?

Harry: I've always been a fan of Brian Wilson. When I wrote it then and now we were finding people justifying what everyone knows is torture, coming up with different justifications for it. It means to me, and still means to me, the only one the serious people left out is it's fun. So, the whole idea of "Waterboardin'" was to say, "oh no, it's fun." Of course the word "water" and "fun" just dictated that it'll be a Beach Boys style song. You can either call it innocent or dumb about early Beach Boys songs that seem to be an effective counterpoint to the sinister nature of the subject matter. I just couldn't resist. My ear was okay enough to hear the vocal harmonies. Jeffrey Foskett, Brian's musical director, who is a brilliant singer, came in and did those harmonies.

Me: Back to writing with Michael McKean and Christopher Guest, are you guys competitive with the writing? With three funny guys are you all trying to out funny each other?

Harry: The thing I like about working with those guys is we all do seem to have, when we decide on a notion, we all seem to agree what the notion is therefore serving the idea is pretty much our common goal. We are three very, VERY different individuals, we are three pretty smart guys, and are blessed with some talents. I don't ever feel as though we have something to prove with each other. We fall in love with an idea and we want to try and get the best version of it done. There's pulling and tugging along the way but I could look back over it now and think there have been things not ideal about the relationships because we are human beings but it's not like improve night where you think I have to get the best laugh. It's nothing like that. I think partly the nature of Chris's movies shows that. There's never amount where people feel oh, shit, I've been in this scene of two minutes and I haven't done anything funny yet. There's none of that. It's all about serving the story of that particular scene and Chris and the cast trust each to do that, and we trust him to find what he needs in the editing. It's very much not a competitive world... it's like playing basketball together. We are passing the basketball to each other and whoever has the best joke gets the shot. What do you know about basketball? I've seen you Brits play.

Me: Hahaha. Have you gotten any more projects you are working on for the future or thinking about?

Harry: I am working on a Derek Smalls solo album right now, writing songs for it. Maybe I'll do some shows when it comes out. Living with a singer and watching what singing does for her I never really experienced that until I went out with Michael and Chris a few years ago when we did a tour together called Unwigged, where we came out as ourselves. We weren't in character. Singing every night for two and a half months, or something like that, how great it felt. Not just being on stage and singing and getting laughs but the vocal chords vibrating in your body... just how good that feels when they're in shape and when you're doing it right. Why wouldn't you want to do that if you can? 

Me: Harry, thanks so much for being here on the Phile. I know you are so busy with everything you do.

Harry: Thanks. I did have some free time, but free time to someone in show business is not a good thing. There's a wonderful documentary about the late Joan Rivers. It's very naked, the desperation... it's ballsy. She's looking at her diary one month and there's nothing on the pages and she shouts, "I might as well kill myself!" That's what it's like.

Me: Well, thanks so much, Harry. I hope Derek Smalls will come on to the Phile. I hope this was fun.

Harry: It's been a pleasure.

That about does it for this entry of the Phile. Thanks to Harry Shearer for a great interview. I could of asked him better questions though. The Phile will be back tomorrow with musician Ric Gordon. Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye.

Not if it pleases me. No, you can't stop me, not if it pleases me. - Graham Parker

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