- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Or is it Annie?

Via Stereogum, I pass on to you this intriguing interpretation of the Band’s classic track “The Weight.” Among other factoids - Robbie Robertson had been heavily influenced by Bunuel at the time; who knew? — this very knowledgeable Band-head clarifies the refrain’s Fanny/Annie conundrum that had plagued me for years. Sort of like “Kiss this guy” vs. “Kiss the sky,” only much less homoerotic.

Anyway, since I don’t have anything sum-uppity to say on this Wednesday, I’ll share a couple more links.

Here’s the new Michel Gondry-directed video of Paul McCartney’s latest single, “Dance Tonight.” It stars Natalie Portman, which is never a bad thing — and, best of all, the song’s pretty cool. Go Macca! (If you dig Gondry’s insouciant surrealism, treat yourself to this clip too.)

Finally, readers may recall my acute allergy for the climate of hysterical overprotection that hovers over modern American parenting. Here, Brink Lindsey fondly recalls the past while poking gentle fun at the present.

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