Thursday, March 5, 2009

see no, speak no, hear no

three wise monkees.

The modern English word 'evil' (Old English Yfel) and its cognates such as the German 'Übel' and the Dutch 'Euvel' are widely considered to come from a Proto-Germanic reconstructed form *Ubilaz, comparable to the Hittite huwapp- ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European form *wap- and suffixed zero-grade form *up-elo-. [Etymology c/o Wiki]

e•vil |ˌiːv(ə)l| |-vɪl|

the evil eye a gaze or stare superstitiously believed to cause material harm : he gave me the evil eye as I walked down the corridor.
the Evil One archaic the Devil.
put off the evil day (or hour) postpone something unpleasant for as long as possible.
speak evil of slander : it is a sin to speak evil of the king.

Actually. Just a favoured tune from a highly favoured monkee.

MICHAEL NESMITH: RIO from "From A Radio Engine To The Photon Wing" LP (Pacific Arts) 1977 (US)


The Wolfmen said...

I do love that song - as much as the pistols are the sour sound of summer, Mike Nesmith, Alessi, Joyce Sarney and Carole Bayer Sager are the sweet end of 77

Peewit said...

This always reminds me of the Innes book of records with Neil Innes doing his Max wall cabaret host impersonation. Innes does a lovely pastiche of this song

ib said...

Wolfmen: nice to hear Carole Bayer Sager given mention. I can't quite forget her TOTP performance from that year, for better or for worse.

Peewit: I was quite a fan of the Innes Book of Records, but I don't recall his pastiche of Rio. I can see it would suit his radio days vocal style perfectly, though.

Blank Stares and Cricketclaps said...

Oh yeah, bravo sir! Just got a great Nesmith LP last week with 'Roll With The Flow' on. I've made a note to do a Nesmith post asap. Love this song, thanks.