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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:56 PM

Muskrat love..........Wtf?

Seriously...... wtf was up with that? I can blame my baby boomer generation parents for lots of things. Yet that one I just look at them askew. (Cursed earworm........ I banish thee with hard-bop)

On edit: thats right up up there with "up up and away in beautiful balloon." Some more phenobarbitals anyone? -Sure, with a double Canadian Club on ice.

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Reply Muskrat love..........Wtf? (Original post)
Joe Shlabotnik Aug 2012 OP
NYC_SKP Aug 2012 #1
texanwitch Aug 2012 #2
malthaussen Aug 2012 #3
chknltl Aug 2012 #4
Joe Shlabotnik Aug 2012 #5
chknltl Aug 2012 #8
Yavin4 Aug 2012 #6
Doc_Technical Aug 2012 #7
SnohoDem Aug 2012 #9
pokerfan Aug 2012 #10

Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:12 AM

1. Right here:

~~very disturbing~~



CAPTAIN AND TENNILLE
"Muskrat Love"
(Willis Alan Ramsey)

Muskrat, Muskrat, candle light
Doin' the town and doin' it right in the evenin'
It's pretty pleasin'
Muskrat Suzie, Muskrat Sam
Do the jitterbug at a Muskrat Land
And they shimmy, Sam is so skinny

And they whirl and they twirl and they tango
Singin' and jinglin' a jangle
Float like the heavens above
Looks like Muskrat Love

Nibblin' on bacon
Chewin' on cheese
Sam says to Suzie
Honey, would you please be my Mrs
Suzie says, yes, with her kisses
Now, he's ticklin' her fancy
Rubbin' her toes
Muzzle to muzzle
Now anything goes as they wriggle
Sue starts to giggle

And they whirled and they twirled and they tango
Singin' and jinglin' a jangle
Floatin' like the heavens above
Looks like muskrat love


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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:15 AM

2. I love that song.

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:20 AM

3. The Wikipedia article is very funny...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muskrat_Love

Sang it before QE II in the White House? That one slipped under my radar at the time.

When it came out, I had the same reaction as you, for about 2 seconds. Then I realized they were just being silly. Joe, all I can say is you hadda be there.

And I hope you get another hit.

-- Mal

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:43 AM

4. Its called mu-sic.

Although I was much more into rock, prog-rock and metal back then, I never took issue with other types of music. I am not sure if that song by the Captain and Tennile fit into a particular type but if asked I would guess '70s Pop That said, unlike the nightmare unleashed upon our ears which could also be classified as '70s Pop, (Seasons in the Sun), I never found Muscrat Love to be objectionable.

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Response to chknltl (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:49 AM

5. I remember hearing seasons in the sun

while sitting in the waiting room for my psychiatrist. I mentioned him to him, thank god I'm not suicidal. What an awful tune! (I think of every pet I've ever owned and sob when I hear it)

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 02:59 AM

8. That was the nefarious intent of the terrorist who wrote it.

Last edited Thu Aug 2, 2012, 02:04 PM - Edit history (1)

But WHO were these terrorists?

Now I know you are gonna think that I, (chknltl), am nuts but please consider these converging circumstances concurrent with the re-release of that damned song:

We were freshly home from that debacle known as Viet Nam.

(Well not me, I (chknltl), was in the army over in Germany.

Nixon was not yet a crook.

Gas prices had risen and stabilized slightly above 50 cents a gallon.

Golden Hawn was between husbands.

One could still purchase an ounce of pot for around $10.

(but hash-hish could be purchased at around a buck a gram and acid was still wicked powerful over in Germany).

Seasons in the Sun was causing the destruction of radios across all of Western Civilization.

As you can plainly see, something very peculiar must have been going on in the world in 1974.

It took me a few years to put it all together but one day while having a beer with this unshaven hobo....oh hell what was his name....I guess it does not matter but I do recall him being overly impressed with the beer I bought him....I recall him wanting very much to have the name of that beer so I asked him if I bought him another would he please just go far FAR away? He eagerly agreed and I have not seen him since telling him it was a Dos Equis, but I digress.

So here I was all alone (finally!), drinking my beer, (a fine product of German brew masters and not that cheep imported swill that hobo had been raving over), and while pondering the oddities that went on in 1974 it hit me. "No, the Saudi Arabians could not have had anything to do with any of this. Gas prices stayed way too level between 1974-'79, the Saudi Arabian connection simply had to be a ruse, a cannard, there was no way they had anything to do with the suspicious events of 1974!"

No, Nixon was still in power so it had to be the Republicans, those damned Republicans who mastermineded this plot.
(With hindsight we now know that it is ALWAYS the republicans who are to blame for all of the worlds ailments.)

First the republicans commissioned that damned Seasons In The Sun song to be re-released as a prelude to their demonic plot. Then as the citizenry were distracted-as they collectively held their hands over their ears shrieking in pain and disbelief, the republicans sent a team of fake burglars into a Washington Hotel.

Just when everyone was at the peek of distraction, using his powers as Commander in Chief of all things military, President Nixon, (a well known republican operative), send word down the chain of command to keep PFC. chknltl stuck in Germany thereby preventing me from spending hours and hours and hours outside of my beloved Goldie's home!

Now I have no bones against that Kurt Russell guy, but had them damned republicans not been such assholes, things could have been far different between me and my little blonde apple dumpling, far different indeed.

So now you know why I (chknltl) hate THAT song.

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:36 AM

6. OKay, People Did A Lot of Drugs in the 70s

If you're stone cold sober of course that song makes no sense.

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 01:48 AM

7. There is a Dr. Demento parody song called Hamster Love

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:23 AM

9. Willis Alan Ramsey

wrote it in '72. It's the worst song he ever wrote (at least of the ones I've heard) but it made him the most money by far.


Here's a song he wrote about Woodie Guthrie. You may not like his style of music, but 'Muskrat Love' was the least of his efforts.

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 04:06 AM

10. Songfacts

This was written by the Texas singer Willis Alan Ramsey in 1972, who recorded it as "Muskrat Candlelight." America recorded the song on their 1973 album Hat Trick before Captain & Tennille recorded their hit version in 1976.

This song really is about 2 muskrats making love. It's not to be taken seriously, and even contains synthesized sound effect to simulate the muskrat copulation. This sound was played at the end of the song and included in the end groove of the 45 single, so when the record ended, it played the muskrats on a loop until the record player was attended.




For you youngsters, a 45 single was a small type of phonograph that held about three minutes of music. Then you flipped the damn thing over for another three minute song.

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