Sunday, July 12, 2009
Johnny Dodge & the 440s.
Johnny Dodge did have an imitator...
SCRIPTURE. Sorry, Steve. We're still waiting for your minions to tell us that the punk writers of South Street had nothing pertinent to say about Obama's demolition of America. Irrelevant and fuzzy, eh? Here's what may be the first ever punk story, even before Shammadamma, by the greatest star in the history of Punk City, the one and only Jersey boy, Johnny Dodge. Of course, it's impossible to see the story except through the filter of critics, namely the Thomas Naughton who's been so equivocally characterized by Lynn Wyler. But this is the only context in which we've been allowed to see this story, so we do have to accept the literary analysis offered by professors who cared to study the words:
Despite his role as the catalyst for the entire punk writing movement, there is little in the way of extant manuscripts to show that Johnny Dodgeói.e., Samuel Dealeyówas ever much of a writer. He is celebrated in punk history, it would seem, more for his skill as a warrior and for his apparently constant loyalty to the various kings of Punk City. Much as it overstates the glamour and significance of the punk community, there is an obvious, perhaps even self-conscious, analogy between Johnny Dodge and the Lancelot of Arthurian myth. Like many others, Johnny Dodge is rumored to have been in love with the unwedded queen of Punk City, Alice Hate, and if St. Nuke may be compared, however risibly, to King Arthur, the first kingís roundtable of punk motorcycle knights could never have been established without the strong right arm of Johnny Dodge, who fought on St. Nukeís behalf when the king was too crippled by wounds to fight for himself, who tried to throw his own body between St. Nuke and the assassin who slew him, who single-handedly avenged the kingís murder, and who ensured the continuity of Punk City by lending his support to Kobra Jones, St. Nukeís successor. Interestingly, Johnny Dodge is perhaps the only punk to be associated with a place of origin, i.e., New Jersey, which makes him, like Lancelot, the outlander in what is otherwise a local story. Also like Lancelot, Johnny Dodge is reputed by legend to have died in the battle that ended his kingdom, which makes poor illiterate Sam Dealey the most prominent punk to have endured for the whole of Punk Cityís history, such as it was. With respect to the early punk piece here included, it should be noted that the automotive theme is consistent with the legendary image of Johnny Dodge as a South Jersey motorhead. The ď440,Ē incidentally, was a large V-8 engine produced by the Chrysler Corporation. An overpowered gas hog, it was already obsolete at the time this piece was written, and it is now as extinct as the punks of South Street.
Hit and Run
by Johnny Dodge & the 440s
JohnnyI want to say one thing.
The 440s†Lay some rubber, get away. 440s go, boomers stay.
JohnnyI just want to say one thing.
4† Some night youíll be out walking, maybe with your girl, and itíll be dark like on those streets between Headhouse and the† Ritz where those cute little houses are that cost a hundred grand, and youíll be all dressed up and thinking everythingís just fineóand then youíll hear me.
5† Youíll hear me coming.
The 440sLay some rubber, get away. 440s go, boomers stay.
JohnnyItíll be a funny kind of noise, something you didnít hear for ages.
8† Kind of a rumbling howl thatíll echo off the bricks and seem like itís coming from around the corner or from nowhere, straight out of nowhere at all.
9† And that noiseíll be my 440, revving up.
The 440sLay some rubber, get away. Time to go, boomers stay.
JohnnyAnd it wonít be like no† four banger Krautmobile, or some Swedish diesel living room on wheels.
12† Itíll be like power, man, mean and deep and all around, like whatís gone for good but good and mad and coming home.
13† And youíll be standing there, all alone in the dark, not knowing why 440 cubes are firing right at you.
14† But why wonít matter. Not at all.
The 440sLay some rubber, make your play. 440s go, boomers stay.
JohnnyAnd I only got one thing to say.
17† One night youíll be out walking, and Iíll be on my way. And you canít stop me.
18† Your Gucci loafers canít stop me.
19† Your Jordache jeans canít stop me.
20† Your† American Express Card canít stop me.
21† Your Sony Betamax canít stop me.
22† Your Club Med vacation canít stop me.
23† Your Calvin Klein whore canít stop me.
24† Canít nothing stop me or my 440.
The 440sLay some rubber, say goodbye. 440s go, boomers die.
Yeah, but we like this story. So, Steve, tell us how this has nothing to do with the end of America envisioned by Obama. Bearing in mind that we all just love the Honda Insight commercials which suggest that life will be great when we're all exactly the same.
For the most fun, play the audio file WHILE you're watching this.