It's not raining anymore...

It's back to being "sunny California"... But today, one of the more remarkable cases of Pythonic serendipity occurred.

I was standing in my favorite coffee shop, KRUST, in Burbank, a man was standing in line waiting for his 'to go' order. We got to chatting, I had asked if he was a writer,as I had noticed the voice recorder in his hand. He said 'no'... he was a musician.

I cannot remember how the conversation turned to my involvement with the Official Monty Python web site, but he looked about ready to fall over. You see, he just happened to be, Randy Guss, the drummer from the band "Toad the Wet Sprocket"...

Any Python fan worth their salt will know, the name "Toad the Wet Sprocket" comes from a Monty Python skit (see below)

Rock Notes
Monty Python's Contractual Obligations Album (1980)
Performer/Writer: Eric Idle

Rex Stardust, lead electric triangle with Toad the Wet Sprocket has had to have an elbow removed following their recent successful worldwide tour of Finland. Flamboyant ambidextrous Rex apparently fell off the back of a motorcycle. "Fell off the back of a motorcyclist, most likely," quipped ace drummer Jumbo McCluney upon hearing of the accident. Plans are already afoot for a major tour of Iceland.

Divorced after only eight minutes, popular television singing star, Charisma, changed her mind on the way out of the registry office, when she realized she had married one of the Donkeys by mistake. The evening before in LA's glittering nightspot, the Abitoir, she had proposed to drummer Reg Abbot of Blind Drunk, after a whirlwind romance and a knee-trembler. But when the hangover lifted, it was Keith Sly of the Donkeys who was on her arm in the registry office. Keith, who was too ill to notice, remained unsteady during the short ceremony and when asked to exchange vows, began to recite names and addresses of people who also used the stuff. Charisma spotted the error as Keith was being carried into the wedding ambulance and became emotionally upset. However, the mistake was soon cleared up, and she stayed long enough to consummate their divorce.

Dead Monkeys are to split up again, according to their manager, Lefty Goldblatt. They've been in the business now ten years, nine as other groups. Originally the Dead Salmon, they became for a while, Trout. Then Fried Trout, then Poached Trout In A White Wine Sauce, and finally, Herring. Splitting up for nearly a month, the re-formed as Red Herring, which became Dead Herring for a while, and then Dead Loss, which reflected the current state of the group. Splitting up again to get their heads together, they reformed a fortnight later as Heads Together, a tight little name which lasted them through a difficult period when their drummer was suspected of suffering from death. It turned out to be only a rumor and they became Dead Together, then Dead Gear, which lead to Dead Donkeys, Lead Donkeys, and the inevitable split up. After nearly ten days, they reformed again as Sole Manier, then Dead Sole, Rock Cod, Turbot, Haddock, White Baith, the Places, Fish, Bream, Mackerel, Salmon, Poached Salmon, Poached Salmon In A White Wine Sauce, Salmon-monia, and Helen Shapiro. This last name, their favorite, had to be dropped following an injunction and they split up again. When they reformed after a recordbreaking two days, they ditched the fishy references and became Dead Monkeys, a name which they stuck with for the rest of their careers. Now, a fortnight later, they've finally split up.


Well, needless to say, I was impressed. Meeting another Python fan in such a strange way...
Although I shouldn't be surprised, it happens all the time...

I invited him here to check in from time to time, and to share with us his favorite Python bits and bobs.

So, the next time you're at a coffee shop, strike up a conversation with the person next to you... they might just be a Python fan, just like you... (and have been in a REALLY cool band to boot).

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scottp: Had no idea about these sprocket dudes being tied to the Pythons, how cool is that!! we would love to invite this dude to the hang, Nothing like a toad to liven up a party!!

"Its a small world, but i wouldn't want to paint it!!"


RGHunt57: You've got to get them on here as soon as possible. How have their lives been changed by being 2-1/2 degrees removed from the Python legacy? Are they sorry they didn't name the band "Albatross" or "Whizzo Assortment" instead?

gna42 at 10:34 pm December 01

I'm not the only one who wants to know the answers to mind-numbing questions...

RGHunt57 at 10:39 pm December 01

having a numb mind is kind of like ESP, isn't it?

gna42 at 10:46 pm December 01

a rhetorical question... wasn't it...?

RGHunt57 at 11:19 pm December 01

...means you should already know the answer...

gna42 at 11:31 pm December 01

look! behind you!

RGHunt57 at 11:40 pm December 01

Siamese twins always walk side by side.

But so did the Monkees.

BroMaynardG at 9:52 am December 02

Not if they are joined at the head!

There! I ran rings 'round you, logically!

BTW does anyone remember Frank Zappa appearing on The Monkees? He had a chainsaw and sledgehammer (No, not Peter Gabriel's!) with which he and Mike Nesmith (who's mother invented White Out - a "Mother of Invention" so to speak) took care of a car onstage.

Also look for Liberace destroying a harpsicord with a gold-plated sledge hammer in another episode.

gna42 at 8:14 am December 02

back to something Pythonic?...

OK, I give up...