Thursday, October 12, 2006

Art Bell RAWKS

In a recent post in a Coast to Coast fan forum in a thread discussing how the inimitable late night radio host Art Bell's politics seemed to have changed, The Great One Himself paid a visit to set the record straight on some of the fans' observations and speculations. Here's what he had to say:
"First please return to the start of the show and review the moment when I said "I am going to play the devil's advocate" after digesting that line, know this:

The Bill of Rights and the Constitution can only be enjoyed by the living, the 3000+ who died on Sept 11th no longer enjoy them.

Much of what I said was as Devil's Advocate, much of it was exactly what I believe, I simply over did the part I was playing to expose the extreme positions being taken on the other side, how many of you have been roasted by your bedsprings? Or perhaps toased by your cell phone?

Listening to a talk Host agree with everything a guest says is the worst
Sin in Broadcasting, BORING. I am not a one trick pony, never was, never will be.

1. I do not believe our own Gov't killed it's own people.

2. I do believe that as in WWII ( We are at War) and times have changed, that SOME lines need to be crossed with oversight or many of us will have to have those rights inscribed on our tombstones to have them recalled.

3. Why do peole write angry letters to me saying they do not listen to me anymore, and by the way.....last nights show really sucked?

Art Bell"

I so wish he would have added:

"P.S. And stay the hell off of my lawn!!"

But he didn't. I can hear him saying that though. If I was slightly more shallow, I'd say "Art, Baby, don't ever change!" But one of Art's greatest qualities is his ability to change. To roll with what life throws at him, and question everything. The guy is the epitome of smooth. Somehow he has transformed hobbies and interests that many equate with socially handicapped geeks into Sheer Unadulterated Cool. He makes being smart "sexy". He defies convention in ways that rock stars wish they could. When he purrs his signature invitation, "Wanna take a ride......???", it's not the voice of a pocket-protector wearing dweeb with his glasses taped together on the nose bridge. It's more akin to the irresistable menace of Marlon Brando in "The Wild One" . He defies convention. What's Art Bell rebelling against? I bet his answer would be, "Whaddaya got?".

Mission Statement, or "Why Are We Here?"

How many of you have heard that MX-80 Sound song "Why Are We Here"?

That's what I thought. No matter. Just one of those cheery little Ralph Records ditties that Cecil and I like to sing to ourselves as we putter about the house. "Why are we here? Why are we here?" I understand John Cougar Mellencamp hated MX-80 Sound "back in the day". But that's neither here nor there. That's not why we're here.

We are here pretty much for our own entertainment, but if you're reading, welcome, and please feel free to join in. For the most part, I'll just be jotting down things that my old man Cecil and I have heard on the talk-radio programs "Coast to Coast AM" and "Coast to Coast Live" that entertain us, for better or for worse. They're both very thought-provoking programs, although not always thought-provoking for the right reasons. Coast Am and Coast Live on the weekends are uniformly excellent with hosts Art Bell and Ian Punnett, respectively. The weeknight shows are hosted by George Noory, and while some are not bad, Cecil and I spend a lot of time poking fun at them while trying to figure out what in God's Name is going on in the host's mind.

If you want to leave comments, by all means knock yourself out. Feel free to say nasty things about me if you like, I probably won't mind. I might ignore or delete anything outstandingly stupid or mean-spirited, but I might not.

And one more thing - if any of you have a lot on your mind concerning host George Noory and his capabilities, or the show in general, you're welcome to send it to me via email ( ) and I'll consider putting it up here on the main page crediting you (or your nome de plume) as a guest writer. Or you can just leave it as a lengthy comment.

That's it. That's all. Welcome to our nightmare.