RIP Anthony (1957-2018)
Released in 1987, “Shore Leave” was Yung Wu’s only album. However, the members of Yung Wu were incredibly active!
Yung Wu was one of three 1980s side-project bands consisting of members from the legendary group The Feelies. Dave Weckerman had joined The Feelies in 1984 as a percussionist, but on “Shore Leave” he was Yung Wu’s lead singer and songwriter. Glenn Mercer (guitar), Bill Million (guitar), Keith DeNunzio (bass), and Vinny DeNunzio (drums) retained their roles from The Feelies, and John Baumgartner was recruited to play keyboard from the (awesomely named) group Speed The Plough.
Yung Wu featured a more down-to-earth vibe than The Feelies, but “Shore Leave” retained the group’s joyful, post-punk pop that made their sound unique. Their album was out-of-print for some time until Bar/None Records reissued it last spring. You can listen to the full album below, purchase it from Amazon, and stream it on any major music service.
*Tip of the Hat* to Jason Hartley for the recommendation!
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“If you ever drop your keys in a river of molten lava, let em go, because, man, they’re gone.”
“Instead of trying to build newer and bigger weapons of destruction, mankind should be thinking about getting more use out of the weapons we already have.”
“Most people don’t realize that large pieces of coral, which have been painted brown and attached to the skull by common wood screws, can make a child look like a deer.”
“Probably to a shark, about the funniest thing there is, is a wounded seal trying to swim to shore because JUST WHERE DOES HE THINK HE’S GOING?”
“If I had a mine shaft, I don’t think I would just abandon it. There’s got to be a better way.”
“I remember how my great-uncle Jerry would sit on the porch and whittle all day long. Once he whittled me a toy boat out of a larger toy boat I had. It was almost as good as the first one, except now it had bumpy whittle marks all over it. And no paint, because he had whittled off the paint. No paint.”
“I think a good gift for the president would be a chocolate revolver. And since he’s so busy, you’d probably have to run up to him and hand it to him.”
“When this girl at the art museum asked me whom I liked better, Monet or Manet, I said, “I like mayonnaise.” She just stared at me, so I said it again, louder. Then she left. I guess she went to try to find some mayonnaise for me.”
“I guess I kinda lost control, because in the middle of the play I ran up and lit the evil puppet villain on fire. No, I didn’t. Just kidding. I just said that to help illustrate one of the human emotions, which is freaking out. Another emotion is greed, as when you kill someone for money or something like that. Another emotion is generosity, as when you pay someone double what he paid for his stupid puppet.”
“One thing a computer can do that most humans can’t is be sealed up in a cardboard box and sit in a warehouse.”
“If you’re in a war, instead of throwing a hand grenade at some guys, throw one of those little baby-type pumpkins. Maybe it’ll make everyone think of how crazy war is, and while they’re thinking, you can throw a real grenade.”
“To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.”
“I bet a funny thing about driving a car off a cliff is, while you’re in midair, you still hit those brakes. Hey, better try the emergency brake!”
“Most of the time it was probably a real bad thing being stuck down in a dungeon. But some days, when there was a bad storm outside, you’d look out your little window and think, ‘Boy, I’m glad I’m not out in THAT’.”
“I wish I would have a real tragic love affair and get so bummed out that I’d just quit my job and become a bum for a few years, because I was thinking about doing that anyway.”
“As the light changed from red to green to yellow and back to red again, I sat there thinking about life. Was it nothing more than a bunch of honking and yelling? Sometimes it seems that way.”
“If you go to your boss’s house, wouldn’t you think a good costume would be to dress up like the boss’s wife? Trust me, it’s not.”
“If God dwells inside us, like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas, because that’s what He’s getting.”
“If you make ships in a bottle, I bet the thing that really makes your heart sink is when you look in, and there at the wheel is Captain Termite.”
There’s also the amazing obituary Jack Handy wrote for himself. Originally published in The New Yorker.