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Chas McFarland’s “Coach” Prosser tattoo is conveniently timed?

April 15, 2010

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Chad McFarland's "Coach" Prosser tattooACC Basketball fans are by now well aware of Wake Forest’s graduating Center, Chas McFarland.  His, as our own GingerHead Man once put it, “peacocking around, flapping gums, chest bumping, and flopping at the slightest hint of contact” was never acceptable, despite its entertainment value, and the fact that Chas simply wasn’t very good just made matters worse.  He won’t be missed.

Obviously, the same couldn’t be said for former Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser, who passed away unexpectedly back in July of 2007.  Prosser recruited McFarland, coached him during his Freshman season, and now, as you can see above, has been honored by this rather curious tattoo that Chas apparently shared on his Facebook page the other day.

Why curious?  Well, for one, I’m wondering why the word “Coach” is in quotes, and whether or not Skip’s image is on that cross being hoisted out of the sky by those hands with the cloud sleeves, but I’m sure there are plausible explanations for that. 

Moreover, given that this appears to be a back tat, and the fact that Chas checks in at about 7’1″, 235, I imagine this is also taking up quite a bit of real estate for a coach that had a hand in maybe just 25% of McFarland’s college basketball career, but then who’s to say what kind of impact Prosser had on Chas’ life.

What might be the most curious bit, however, is the timing.  Just seems odd to get a massive, permanent memorial to Coach Prosser inked on your back nearly three years after the fact, not to mention pretty much simultaneously with the firing of his successor (Dino Gaudio) and subsequent hiring, however puzzling, of new coach Jeff Bzdelik.

Is someone trying to tell us something?  Chas?  Coach Prosser?  Anyone?

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Jam of the Wednesday: Big Star

March 17, 2010

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Guess what, Frumpsters. After life, there is death. Death after life, or something. Shocking, we know.

When we honored Mark Linkous in our last “And on the 7th Day…God Created Jam,” we noted that it was an exception (those Jams are typically reserved for “contemporary” music (90’s onward)). We make an exception today as well in this “Jam of the Wednesday” (the posts that usually focus on the 90’s onward). Alex Chilton, of The Box Tops and Big Star “fame,” has passed away, and we figured it was pretty much a necessity that we bend the rules a bit with this Wednesday’s Jam(s).  Though Chilton’s work with The Box Tops is nothing to scoff at, especially The Letter, we’re gonna be focusing on Big Star.

Believe it or else, if you weren’t aware already,  the influence Big Star’s work has had on alternative and indie rock/power pop music has extremely few rivals.  Don’t take our word for it, though.  Let’s see:   “[Big Star is] the quintessential American power pop band…and one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll.” – Allmusic; “[Big star produced] a seminal body of work that never stopped inspiring succeeding generations.” – Rolling Stone. “September Gurls was and is the sine qua non of power pop; a glorious, glittering jewel with every facet cut and shined to absolute perfection…a peerless, aching distillation of love and longing. [It] may not actually be the greatest song ever recorded, but for the duration of its 2:47 running time, you can be forgiven for believing it is.” –The Ultimate Power Pop Guide.

We’ll let you judge for yourself.  Make the jump for a few more cuts from Big Star and Alex Chilton.  RIP.

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And on the 7th Day…God created Jam: Sparklehorse

March 8, 2010

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Frumpzilla's classic jam of the week features Tommy Bolin

Typically we reserve our classic jams feature for stuff pre-1990. However, given the loss of Mark Linkous over the weekend, today we’re gonna make an exception. Linkous, probably most readily known for his work as Sparklehorse, apparently committed suicide outside a friend’s home in Tennessee on Saturday (shot himself in the heart). Sad day, and a shame he won’t get to see the official release of Dark Night of the Soul, which, after a highly publicized bout of legal problems, is finally supposed to hit the market this year.

As a memorial, here’s three cuts from Linkous as Sparklehorse, including two from the Dark Night of the Soul album (featuring Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys and The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, respectively). Rest in peace.

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