GETTING MORE TALE #576: “Why’d You Lick My Pee-noose?”
The Sausagefest 2017 Countdown
By the time it was all over I fairly surmised that, personally speaking, Sausagefest 2017 (the 16th annual) was the best one yet.
There are many reasons for this. One happened by pure change.
The weather reports for the weekend were changing daily. I contacted Uncle Meat on Wednesday to tell him they were calling for rain all weekend. He responded, “No they’re not, are you new?” But they were! And the next day, the forecasts had changed again.
By our Friday departure the skies were partly cloudy, but we’ve seen worse. After we arrived and set up our tents it started pouring for a short while. The old fire pit was flooded. When the rain stopped the decision was made to move the location for the Countdown, uphill on dry land. This was the first time the actual location had ever been changed after 15 years down by the river. It turned out that this was the best possible decision. The new location was wide open, more conductive to mingling and conversation, and as you have seen, provided some beautiful photographs. The new location will be permanent from now on.
I felt one of the reasons things went so well for me was good preparation, but that may not be the case. Uncle Meat also had a great time, and was so ill-prepared that he only arranged a tent to sleep in when we were halfway there! Way to be ready, Uncle Meat!
The vibe was right from the get-go and the Countdown began on time.
Highlights from the first night included some lesser-heard tracks:
- Queen – “We Will Rock You” – the “fast” version
- Deep Purple – “Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic”
- Kiss – “Shock Me” – live version from Alive II with solo
- The Beatles – “Helter Skelter” – mono version
- Queen – “My Fairie King”
- Mercyful Fate – “Into the Coven”
There were lots of cool tunes this year: 87 in total including tributes (more on those later). “Indians” by Anthrax was a perfectly appropriate song this year too, since I pulled a large chunk of my own recorded bits from the Brocket 99 CD, a spoof of Indian reservation radio stations. (I voted for “Indians” as #22 on my list.)
And plenty more! You can check out the Countdown list yourself. It was also a treat hearing Ray Charles’ “Mess Around”, which you probably know from John Candy in Planes Trains and Automobiles. Rainbow’s “Light in the Black” was a personal favourite for my air guitar workout.
The comedy sketches were on-point, and I had tears streaming down my face laughing so hard. The Lord of Lamb, Zach Britton, wrote a sketch regarding my insistence that a Bacon Big Mac is not the same thing as a Big Mac. Bacon is not in the Big Mac song, therefore a Bacon Big Mac is not the same thing. Britton rebutted me successfully, and hilariously. “Loosey Goosey” is now a catch-phrase. As a peace offering, he gifted me a bottle of Big Mac sauce.
The first night it rained, but it mattered not as we huddled in our waterproof tents. We were up by the crack of 10:00 to grab breakfast at the Spatula – not the “Flying” Spatula anymore, please note. They have officially changed the name of the place, but still offer the “Flesherton Fill-up” for breakfast. Not as large, nor as good as it was in the past. On the way up, Uncle Meat yelled “Loosey Goosey!” at anyone we passed on the road.
You have to give credit to our Spatula server Heather. I sat with Max “I’m kind of a big deal” the Axe, and I got to witness him working his magic on Heather the server. He promised her the last CD copy in existence of one of his albums. What a deal! Max told me I had a good singing voice. Was he hitting on me, too? Wayne also had a golden line at the store Top of the Rock, with the girl who was distributing bags of ice. “Are you the ice lady? Ice to meet you!”
There was a new exciting twist this year at the 16th Sausagefest. Submitting lists (aka “paying your rock and roll taxes”) has long been a problem. Some people are always prompt. Those people were rewarded with an extra song, a “tribute” this year. Mine was The Police – “Next to You”. That was a blast for air guitar. You can see by the list at bottom, only eight people got tributes. That means only eight people got their lists in on time without nagging! Due to the amount of time it takes to compile the votes and actually record the Countdown, it was decided that this time, you must vote for 2018’s songs by the end of the weekend. And so Saturday afternoon was spent socially compiling lists. It was weird seeing a bunch of guys at Sausagefest with clipboards and pens, furiously writing, colluding and discussing. It was also successful. All lists are in. There will be a whole year to compile and record for 2018!
The second evening had more great rock. Ghost, Dunsmuir, The Sword, Iron Maiden, CCR, Floyd, Purple, Tenacious D, Sabbath and Zeppelin…all building up to the top ten. Not only building up to the top ten, but also setting up the very first Sausagefest live theater….
There were plenty of fake-out tracks in the top ten, as they pretended they couldn’t read the songs written on Uncle Meat’s upper thigh. Sabbath, Rush and Metallica were played eventually. After the #2 track “The Immigrant Song” (Zeppelin), there was an announcement made.
Tom, father of four, the co-founder, the Captain himself, wanted to take a step back. Recording the Countdown was no longer possible for him, due to family demands at home. This made sense, since the guy does have four rugrats and was absent from some of the top ten due to a supposed argument with his wife about it. They saved the announcement for the #1 spot. Only one person was told in advance, and that was the immortal Lord of Lamb himself, Zach Britton. As the song lyrics state, “He is the reason we still do this shit.” He was given a 20 minute heads-up to collect his emotions.
As the announcement was made, they said there would be no #1 song this year. They’d play it first in 2018. Instead, they played the traditional “Happy Trails” by Van Halen as Tom clinked glasses and shook hands with attendees. And then Zach got up to make a speech. He was obviously still shocked and upset by this sad turn of events.
His speech began as expected: melodramatic, sad, and stirring…until it was interrupted.
There was a 4 minute 30 second gap built into the Countdown…specifically timed for Zach to start his speech but not finish. All part of the pre-planned “live theater”. Then….
“ZACH BRITTON!” boomed the speakers.
Suddenly the Countdown recording continued, as a pre-recorded Bucky urged Zach to shut the fuck up and sit back down because he had just been pranked! Tom wasn’t retiring. Zach didn’t have a clue, nor did any of the rest of us! We all bought it, hook line and sinker, even though Tom has 12 months to record for 2018. It seemed so believable especially with that supposed “argument” with his wife built into the recordings. So I raised my goblet of Romulan Ale to Zach “the Lord of Lamb” Britton for being a great sport and a diamond geezer! The “live theater”, the first ever attempted at Sausagefest, was a tremendous success. As Uncle Meat said afterwards, “They will never ever trust us again.” It easily could have gone sideways, if Zach didn’t stand up to make his speech. They were counting on him and he fell right into it. Brilliant live theater!
The actual #1 song, played after the live theater, was “Cygnus X-1” by Rush, a fantastic song on which to close.
The following morning, we packed up to go home. As per usual, Uncle Meat kept singing and repeating one sentence. This year, it was a ditty called “Why’d You Lick My Penis (Rectum)”.*
“Why’d you lick my pee-noose…why’d you lick my pee-noose, rectum…” Over and over again. You can hear this on the Sausagefest video.
We made our way home, but for many of the guys, it was time to rock again. Five Alarm Funk played a free show in London on Sunday night, and a few tired ‘Festers trekked out to party some more. Totally fitting, since Five Alarm Funk had three songs on this year’s Countdown.
What a Sausagefest! Best one ever? Until next year, maybe….
|2||The Immigrant Song||Led Zeppelin|
|4||Heaven and Hell||Black Sabbath|
|5||La Villa Strangiato||Rush|
|6||Sweat||Five Alarm Funk|
|8||When the Levee Breaks||Led Zeppelin|
|10||Rocky Raccoon||The Beatles|
|12||The Chain||Fleetwood Mac|
|13||Quick Death in Texas||Clutch|
|14||Muffin Man||Frank Zappa|
|15||Cloak of Feathers||The Sword|
|17||Consolers of the Lonely||The Raconteurs|
|18||Space Truckin’||Deep Purple|
|19||Zenith Escalator||Five Alarm Funk|
|20||Pigs (Three Different Ones)||Pink Floyd|
|23||Wasted Years||Iron Maiden|
|25||The Mob Goes Wild||Clutch|
|27||Time Travelling Blues||Orange Goblin|
|29||46 and 2||Tool|
|31||Money For Nothing||Dire Straits|
|32||The Lemon Song||Led Zeppelin|
|34||Hung on the Rocks||Dunsmuir|
|35||Cosmo Bozo||Orange Goblin|
|36||Layla||Derek and the Dominoes|
|39||Catholic Girls||Frank Zappa|
|41||Nautical Disaster||Tragically Hip|
|42||Skullduggin||Black Joe Lewis|
|43||Squash That Fly||Fu Manchu|
|45||I Should Have Known It||Tom Petty|
|46||Great Gig in the Sky||Pink Floyd|
|47||Heart of the Sunrise||Yes|
|48||Inside Looking Out||Grand Funk Railroad|
|49||Boston Rag||Steely Dan|
|50||Lady Writer||Dire Straits|
|51||Helter Skelter||The Beatles|
|52||My Fairie King||Queen|
|53||Into the Coven||Mercyful Fate|
|54||After the Gold Rush||Neil Young|
|55||Watcher of the Skies||Genesis|
|58||Domino||Masters of Reality|
|59||The Soft Parade||The Doors|
|60||Smoke 2 Joints||Sublime|
|61||Cosmic Fiend||The Black Crowes|
|62||London Calling||The Clash|
|64||Light in the Black||Rainbow|
|65||Wha Cha Want||Beastie Boys|
|66||Mess Around||Ray Charles|
|67||500 Miles||John Garcia|
|68||Ted the Mechanic||Deep Purple|
|70||We Will Rock You – Fast||Queen|
|71||Everyday People||Sly and the Family Stone|
|72||(NOT SURE?)||(Uncle Meat??)|
|73||Our Only Master||Dunsmuir|
|74||We All Scream||Five Alarm Funk|
|76||She Caught the Katy||The Blues Brothers|
|77||Take Off||Bob and Doug McKenzie|
|79||Low Hanging Fruit||Tenacious D|
|ALFRED||Old Time Rock and Roll||Bob Seger|
|LADANO||Next to You||The Police|
|MICHAEL||Don’t Fear the Reaper||Blue Oyster Cult|
|FRANK||Ride Captain Ride||Blues Image Ltd.|
|TYLER W||Belly of the Beast||Anthrax|
|ROB A||Tricky||Run DMC|
*Search terms on that one oughtta be funny.