Happy Birthday to ME!

OK, it’s tomorrow. But since I don’t usually post on Saturdays, and I’ll be busy doing birthday stuff anyways, I’m doing the birthday post today. And if you’ve been following this blog for the last two years, you know what I post on my birthday.

The tune is “Tule Ton Son Ton” by Honeyboy Slim & The Bad Habits, which if you ask me fits Timothy’s crazy Cajun Bayou dance like a glove. Enjoy, and have an awesome Labor Day Weekend!

Quote of the Week

Previously unbeknownst to us, Romeo Carey, upon his first visit to the [Dead Flowers] exhibition in Philadelphia, revealed the origin of one of Timothy Carey’s signature “dances,” first devised for the camera in Bayou (1957, directed by Harold Daniels, re-released in 1961 as Poor White Trash), and revisited in other noteworthy Carey performances such as Beach Blanket Bingo (1965, William Asher) and The World’s Greatest Sinner. Arriving in New Orleans to shoot Poor White Trash, Carey apparently asked a cab driver for a recommendation as to where he might learn a distinctive Cajun dance. He was promptly driven to Leon Prima‘s 500 Club on Bourbon Street, where he witnessed The Cat Girl [Lilly Christine], considered the most publicized Burlesque performer of her time, and rendered the experience into one of his most characteristically eccentric performances.

Lia Gangitano, “Afterword and Acknowledgements,” from Dead Flowers (Participant Press/VoxPopuli, 2011)

Artwork by Scott Ewalt

Artwork by Scott Ewalt from the Dead Flowers exhibition at Vox Populi, Philadelphia, 2010

Timothy’s Bayou dance, with music by Honeyboy Slim and the Bad Habits

Video of the Week: Honeyboy Slim & The Bad Habits

Now this be more like it! Our video for this week is Timothy’s wild Cajun dance from Bayou (1957), set to “Tule Ton Son Ton,” a classic Clifton Chenier tune performed here by the awesome Swedish R&B band Honeyboy Slim & The Bad Habits.

This is exactly the kind of music that Tim’s dance demands. Smokin’ hot in every respect! Laissez les bon temps rouler!