Ah, The Beat Farmers

Stumbled upon this video today via a link on a news site in my RSS feed (love that Internet whimsy)… The Beat Farmers were one of my favorite bands in the 80s and early 90s. I deeply regret never seeing them live before the death of their key member Country Dick Montana (here on drums) in mid-performance at the Longhorn in Whistler.

Two of their albums “Tales of the New West” and “Van Go” are usually in heavy rotation on my “chuck’s favorites” iTunes playlist. Good times.

Here are two Country Dick Classics for you “Happy Boy” (the only Rock & Roll song to feature a Kazoo & Gargle solo) and “Big Ugly Wheels”

(Bad copy of the original music video here.)

4 thoughts on “Ah, The Beat Farmers”

  1. I never saw them live either, but I love the song “Happy Boy.”

    I also have fond college years memories of the Dead Milkmen, Happy Flowers and Spot 1019.

  2. The local radio station KPIG ( one oh seven oink five ) (www.kpig.com) used to sponsor an entry in the ‘Worlds Shortest Parade’ (Aptos, CA) with listeners wearing ‘pig snouts’ and carrying boom-boxes. They would air Happy Boy repetitively for the duration of the march down the main street. Good Fun!

  3. “Happy Boy”…rock and roll? OOOOOOOk…….???

    In any case, I think I now know how some feel when I say I like John Denver’s non-Top 40 stuff.

    It takes alll kinds!


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