The Brute fan club

Flanagan's fingerprints; trouble afoot; so long, Jackie and Lou
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 30, 2013

Phillipe and Jorge believe we saw the fine hand of our old pal Bill Flanagan in October 20 edition of CBS’s wonderful Sunday Morning show. Bill was a former colleague of P&J’s in Little Rhody when we were all working for a succession of local “alternative” papers, but after years of writing tremendous music stories and various books at the national level, he became executive vice president of the Viacom Music Group and editorial director of MTV Networks. He has also been contributing usually brilliant essays to Sunday Morning since 2001, and we believe he does it just to show P&J up. What other reason could there be?

All three of us have long been fans of the cult icon, Brute Force (nee Stephen Friedland), famed for songs like “To Sit On a Sandwich,” “Tapeworm of Love” and, most notoriously, “The King of Fuh.” (You can all work out where that title was heading lyrically.) Brute made his Biggest Little performing debut at the late, lamented Leo’s in the 1970s, and did a brief star turn at the Jamestown Art Center a few years ago.

There’s your set-up. During that previously-mentioned Sunday Morning, there was a segment on one of P&J’s most admired artists, René Magritte. In it they showed “The Listening Room,” his renowned painting of an apple inside a small room, which you’d recognize if you saw it, trust us. It was then pointed out that this painting inspired the Beatles’ famed Apple logo, and a copy of a 45 with the iconic Apple in the middle flashed on the screen. But in the brief three seconds the graphic was displayed, hawk-eyed P&J noticed the record was “King of Fuh,” which was one of the first and surely most obscure releases on the Beatles’ then-new label.

Since “King of Fuh” had a minimal pressing, almost no distribution, and absolutely no air time for obvious “Fuh King” reasons, the disc turning up as the exemplar of early Apple makes us believe that Mr. Flanagan somehow found a way to sneak one of his rarest records into the graphic, since you wouldn’t find it lying around next to other early Apple releases by James Taylor or Badfinger.

You’re busted, Flanagan. Come out with your vinyls up.


P&J love the Red Sox, and thus follow their every step as they pursue the World Series crown. So we ran across an interesting description of third baseman Will Middlebrooks in Urinal sportswriter Brian MacPherson’s explanation of how the controversial “obstruction” call gave the St. Louis Cardinals Game 3 in the bottom of the ninth.

“It didn’t appear that Middlebrooks intentionally obstructed Craig,” wrote MacPherson. “The third baseman kicked his back feet [our italics] in the air, but his feet weren’t what tripped up Craig.” Well, no wonder Middlebrooks couldn’t handle the throw that led to the controversial call, since he obviously had the glove on one of his front feet. Actually, Middlebrooks would probably be very comfortable at our State House, where many of the pre-Neanderthal pols who bash gays and immigrants, have apoplexy over abortion issues, and French-kiss the rifle barrels of the NRA are still working on the ability to toddle around on their hind legs.

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