Sunday, January 21, 2007

Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner

It's not my intention to post music videos, since they're everywhere-- but here goes.
This is from the late great Warren Zevon, and I love almost everything he's done. His music is often understated, with tons of social overtones. From "Lawyers, Guns and Money" (getting caught in a bad drug deal in Central America) to "Carmelita" (heroin addiction), his songs were covered by other artists from Linda Ronstadt to Prince.
"Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner" is one such epic piece; European mercenaries steered into a double-cross hit by the CIA, with Roland's wandering ghost seeking revenge-- eventually ending up in the famous bank robbery by the SLA and Patty Hurst. Enjoy....

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