Drinking, Fighting, Fucking and Crying Title

Drinking, Fighting, F*&king, and Crying

Iwan Rebroff Na SdarowjeI don’t remember exactly how it happened. I suspect at some point in our early 20’s, Joup’s Sonny Vitkauskas must have found an old copy of Iwan Rebroff’s Na Sdarowje on vinyl in his grandmother’s record collection. Something like that. He borrowed the piece and brought it home, saving it for a time when he could spring this record on his friends in the heat of intoxication. Why? You ask. That’s the cover I’ve embedded here – look at this guy! He is PIED. tell me if you came across that in your house you wouldn’t be intrigued. Liar! Of course you would – we certainly were. So on one stoned night in the early-90s Brown, Sonny, and I huddled around a turntable and laughed our asses off. I mean, this Rebroff guy is DRUNK. Not only is he drunk, he’s celebrating being drunk. He’s getting drunk to celebrate being drunk.

That’s awesome.

Years later, Mr. Brown came to visit me and brought me a copy of Na Sdarowje as a gift. We imbibed and had a good laugh and then something weird happened – in listening to the vinyl now, older, we both simultaneously realized that this record is awesome! I mean, you have to be in the mood to be able to listen to Mr. Rebroff’s grandiose approach to Eastern European traditional folk songs (if that’s what they are – I’m kind of out of my league in categorizing this), but if the mood strikes me, now when I put on Rebroff I’m no longer laughing at his expense. I’m still laughing, but more from the absolute absurdity that I’ve found a place for this amazing music in my life. That space however, is definitely exclusive to when I am drinking. And I seriously doubt Iwan Rebroff would have a problem with that.

Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

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