Monthly Archives: July 2010

Gaylord: A Man’s Man

Here’s a little bit of trivia about Hall of Fame starting pitcher Gaylord Perry. In 1972, Perry appeared in 41 games. His record? An amazing 24-16: He had the decision in all but one of the games he appeared in. (In comparison, Cincinnati’s Mike Leake is 7-1 in 19 starts so far this year, and LA’s Clayton Kershaw was 8-8 in 30 starts last year; both cases are hardly abnormal for the current generation of pitchers.)

So then I was wondering: What happened in the one game in which Perry didn’t get the W or the L? Was it just a run-of-the-mill no-decision? Was he ejected for throwing spitters?

It turns out it was April 30, 1972. It was a 16-inning game. And when Cleveland pulled ahead of Texas in the top of the 16th, Gaylord Perry came in from the bullpen—even though two days earlier he’d just pitched 7 innings (for the loss), and two days later he’d pitch 7.2 innings with 12 strikeouts (for the win). He came in from the bullpen, and he earned the save.

41 games. 24 wins. 16 losses. And 1 save. (Oh, and 342 innings pitched and 29 complete games, 7 of which were 10 innings or more.) Sorry, Wilbur Wood. I know you almost threw 400 innings that year, but Gaylord’s gotta get that Cy Young.

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AC/DC, “Jailbreak” (1974)

In which Bon gets shot in the back by his bandmate. Never trust a bass player. Or Malcolm Young. I can’t tell which one did it, not that I haven’t watched this like ten times in the past three days. They’re wearing the same hat, see.

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Hall and Oates, “She’s Gone”

From Abandoned Luncheonette, 1973. Hall lip-syncs on the choruses and doesn’t even bother with the verses at all. Really it’s more important that he just smokes. And if you stick around for the whole thing, at the end you’ll see the top-secret technique that Oates uses to achieve his signature guitar sound. It involves the devil. And flippers.

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Candy Timeline

I started making this list last summer, when for some reason I was suddenly very keen on determining the golden age of American mass-market candy manufacturing. I guessed it would be the early 1900s, but it turns out it was the 1920s, which makes sense (perhaps due to cheaper bulk ingredients; advances in machinery, transport, and advertising; and, as my friend Jamie has suggested, the continuing development of preservatives) and the 1930s (quick, cheap energy?). Really the whole thing is an apt reflection of the 20th century’s mores and like-it-or-not progress: the Atomic Fireball in the 1950s, of course, and Tic Tacs (they looked like mother’s little helper and the Pill) in the 1960s. The 1970s are suitably colorful and outsized; the 1980s likewise predictably cold (Wrigley’s Extra), pretentious (Skor), and cracked-out (Nerds).

My source was often wikipedia, so I’m not claiming this is the end-all-be-all of confectionery factual accuracy. (I did try to use the candy companies’ official sites when possible.) But at the same time, the detailed history of Chuckles is generally the kind of thing that wikipedia gets right.

1893 – Good & Plenty
1893 – Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit and Spearmint
1896 – Tootsie Roll
1899 – Chiclets
1899 – Dentyne

1900 – Hershey bar
1907 – Hershey’s Kisses

1911 – Clark bar (hard to say; definitely by WWI, but probably earlier)
1912 – Necco Wafers
(as we know them; really since 1847)
1913 – Pep-o-mint Life Savers
1914 – Wrigley’s Doublemint
1914 – Mary Jane
1917 – Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews

1920 – Oh Henry!
1920 – Jujyfruits and Jujubes
1921 – Baby Ruth
1921 – Mounds
1921 – Chuckles
1922 – Charleston Chew
1923 – Butterfinger
1923 – Milky Way
1923 – Cadbury Cream Egg (not mass-marketed until 1971)
1924 – Bit-O-Honey
1925 – Sugar Daddy
1925 – Mr. Goodbar
1925 – Goobers
1927 – Raisinets
1927 – Pez (in Austria; introduced to U.S. in 1952)
1928 – Milk Duds
1928 – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
1928 – Dubble Bubble (first bubble gum!)

1930 – Snickers
1930 – Zagnut
1931 – Tootsie Pop
1931 – Heath bar
1932 – 3 Musketeers
1932 – PayDay
1932 – Mars bar
1935 – Kit Kat
1935 – Five Flavor Life Savers
1936 – 5th Avenue
1938 – Krackel
1938 – Nestle Crunch
1939 – Chunky (approximate date)

1940 – Mike and Ike
1941 – M&M’s
1942 – Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip
1943 – York Peppermint Pattie
1945 – Dots
1946 – Almond Joy (replacing the similar Dream bar, created in 1936)
1946* – Bazooka (comics introduced in 1953)
1949 – Whoppers (replacing the similar Giants, created in 1939)
1949 – Junior Mints
1949 – Smarties
1949* – Jolly Rancher

1952* – Pixy Stix
1954 – Atomic Fireball
1954 – Peanut M&M’s

1958* – Candy necklace

1962 – Fruit Stripe Gum (approx.; site says “early 1960s”)
1962 – Now and Later
1962 – Lemonheads
1962 – Red Hots
1963 – SweeTarts
1964 – Trident sugarless gum
1966 – Razzles
1966 – $100,000 bar
1969 – Tic Tac

1975 – Bubble Yum
1975 – Freedent
1976 – Big Red
1976 – Starburst (introduced in Europe in 1960)
1976 – Cadbury Caramello Bar
1976 – Willy Wonka’s Everlasting Gobstoppers**
1977 – Reggie!
1977 – Bubblicious
1978 – Whatchamacallit
1978 – Reese’s Pieces
1979 – Skittles (introduced in Europe in 1973)
1979 – Twix (introduced in Europe in 1967)
1979 – Wrigley’s Big Red
1979 – Hubba Bubba

1980 – Big League Chew

1981 – Skor
1983 – Nerds
1984 – Wrigley’s Extra
1985 – Sour Patch Kids

* source kinda sketchy
** but non-name-brand gobstoppers have been around for much, much longer

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Paolo Conte, “Gelato al Limon” (live)

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Your only source

So put some frickin information, films, and music on the Internet, then, already.

Assholes.

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The Beach Boys, “Cool, Cool Water”

The Beach Boys, “Cool, Cool Water,” from Sunflower (Reprise/Brother, 1970)

I first heard this Smile-era song on the Good Vibrations box set, where for some reason it is but a minute and thirteen seconds long. Here, in honor of a great trip I just took to California, is the album version: five-plus minutes of swooshy, analog-synth-enhanced rumination on how cool that water is and how thorougly it’s cooling me. I’m just going to close my eyes now and try to forget how hot it is in Brooklyn…

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Everything Is Everything, “Witchitai-to”

c. 1969. Last night I found a copy of Pepper’s Pow Wow at the curb on 12th Street in Brooklyn—it’s a 1971 record fronted by Jim Pepper (1941-1992), an Oregon-born reedman of Kaw and Creek Indian heritage. From my very cursory scan of Pepper’s career, this seems to be his signature tune: It’s the opening cut on my LP, with megacats Larry Coryell on guitar and Billy Cobham on drums, and over the years it would be covered by a lot of different people. But here’s the earlier, more concise version (the one on Pow Wow is totally sweet but stretches to eight minutes), which was an outside hit in the late sixties for Pepper’s band Everything Is Everything.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg9LT4qR_Dw&hl=en_US&fs=1]

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