I’ve blogged about the Dead Pigs before, and our epochal performance at the faculty show of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, where I taught math from 1980 to 1982..
And now Andy Warren has put two Dead Pigs clips on Youtube. In the clip above, which I think is the better of the two, we’re doing our encore number, a version of “Duke of Earl,” perhaps better called “Duke of Pigs.”
Daddy sent me to Randy-Mac.
He bought me a horse and a Cadillac.
I sold the car and bought me a brain.
Now I’m half grown up and I’m goin’ insane.
Duke duke duke, Duke of Earl
duke duke, Duke of Earl,
duke duke, Duke of Earl.
I was still a mathematics professor there at that time (although I knew I wouldn’t be back the next fall) and I went to meet my Calculus section the next morning. I’ve never had so attentive a class! But then I started talking about Calculus, as usual, and the glamor wore off.
In the other clip we’re first doing an (improvised) warm-up called “Dead Pigs” — I kept trying to get the band to start in on the second song, which is something like “Louie Louie.”
Apparently a guy who was interviewing to replace me as math professor was in the audience with the math department chairman at the show. I remember laughing about this with Mike Gambone, he was imagining the chair saying, like, “And, um, here’s Dr. Rucker, whom you’ll be stepping in for…”
We had a few other songs, that we played in rehearsals and in our one other live show—such as the original “Year after Year,“—but I don’t think we ever thought to record those. I still can hear them, though…
On another front, Charlie Jane Anders put a nice write-up about my novel Postsingular on io9, the vibby new SF blog.