Sneaky Dragon Episode 330

by David Dedrick on March 31, 2018

Hola, Sneakers! Welcome to Episode 330 of Sneaky Dragon! The show that gives you, the listener, 330% more talk about 1920’s reading speeds; saving Buster Keaton; the origin of the Mason jar; sneaky bonding; finding the silver lining to Green Lantern; re-thanks; chart placings in publishing; orange peelings; hiding places in publishing; stamp valuations; hand-written letters; good speling; big-personality journalists; brain candy; an unexpected loss; good news for a friend; glory hounds; inappropriate jokes; relative cheapness; dead man pants; the death of the undershirt; the lovely Isle of Dogs; a little love for the WarAmps; the Top 5 car songs as requested by Nigel; and, finally, Dave can’t answer a Beatles trivia question!

The Top 5 car songs as chosen by Dave:

1) “Cars and Girls” by Prefab Sprout from the 1988 album From Langley Park to Memphis.
Here is a quick pic of the cover to the 12″ single of the Sprouts’ “Cars and Girls”. (Note form Dave: “I’m really glad a bought this single because I actually prefer the two B-sides “Nero the Hero” and “Vendetta” to the A-side!”)

2) “High School Heirarchy” by Local Rabbits from the 1998 album Basic Concept.
As Dave mentioned during the show, Local Rabbits purportedly took their name from the elaborate cover for the Jethro Tull album Thick as a Brick. Here are some pictures of Dave’s copy of the album (not exactly mint condition):
The cover – unfolded, but you can see by the crease where the 12″x12″ cover would be:

The “St. Cleves Chronicle” opened and you can see one of the many references to rabbits in the article about the escape of non-rabbits. (There are twelve pages to this elaborately packaged album. Those were the days!)

Here is a close-up of the inspirational “local rabbit”.

3) “Park My Car” by Miles Over Matter from the 2016 compilation Another Splash Of Colour: New Psychedelia In Britain 1980-1985.
4) “English Roundabout” by XTC from the 1982 album English Settlement.
5) “Crawling from the Wreckage” by Dave Edmunds from the 1979 album Seconds of Pleasure.
And bubbling under, what Dave likes to call the “n’est plus ultra” of car songs:
6) “Hot Rod” by No Fun from the 1975 album NO FUN.

Thanks for listening!

Please enjoy this little “Making of” video for the wonderful Isle of Dogs:

Well, gosh darn it! There was a video for “High School Heirarchy”!

Aw, what the heck. Here’s Dave Edmunds with the rest of his Rockpile compatriots performing “Crawling from the Wreckage”:

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

n. matsumoto April 1, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Re: Beatles Jeopardy, my guess for the second song was “She’s So Heavy.”


David Dedrick April 8, 2018 at 4:10 pm

Well, you were closer than I was!


Nigel April 7, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Hey! Good job with the picks! I’d never heard any of those songs before, and the No Fun one was a great capper. Thanks. 🙂

As an aside, I recently met another Nigel, and we briefly commiserated over that XTC song. I don’t find it particularly annoying (and it’s a good song), but it’s the #1 go to for Nigel jokes. I even got it once at a book signing:

On the other hand, the bossa nova cover by Nouvelle Vague is amazing.



Nigel April 7, 2018 at 8:03 pm

(If the embed code doesn’t work, here’s the link: )


David Dedrick April 8, 2018 at 4:17 pm

A great song is a song that can please in many styles! Thanks.

Glad you enjoyed the song picks. And I’m pleased you hadn’t heard my choices before! (Although that’s not what I’m aiming for, it’s still pleasing to introduce cool music to cool people.)

Obviously the image embed worked, and I also embedded the YouTube video ’cause what the heck.


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