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2012-07-25 02:08:50 PM
I am pretty sure I saw him down at Willow Farm back in the day
 
2012-07-25 02:12:05 PM
Yes.
 
2012-07-25 02:12:32 PM
So he was "movin on up" offscreen as well....Got it.
 
2012-07-25 02:14:54 PM
Some of those Gentle Giant records have aged remarkably well.
 
2012-07-25 02:15:15 PM
I met Sherman Hemsley at a music industry trade show. He was hanging out w/ Jon Anderson at the time.

Hemsley was a really great guy and was eager to meet everyone and hang out.

Jon Anderson's speaking voice is just like his singing voice.

/csb
 
2012-07-25 02:22:00 PM
I would have sworn that headline read "George Jetson". . . .
 
2012-07-25 02:26:47 PM
As a matter of fact, I did know that. He hoped to make a prog epic album with Jon Anderson. Alas, this was one of many of Jon's projects that never actually gets off the ground.
 
rpl
2012-07-25 02:32:01 PM

Lipspinach: I am pretty sure I saw him down at Willow Farm back in the day


You're full of ball.
 
2012-07-25 02:32:52 PM
I'm pretty sure Acid and Prog Rock are like Peanut Butter and Jelly, Coffe and Cigarettes, Hookers and Blow, one doesn't always have to involve the other, but it's oh so wonderful when it does. So the guy had his hidden hit stashed away for a rainy day, so what? It's a shame he didn't get one more ride before the end.

/Joe Satriani , Lucy, and i have had some fun times.
 
2012-07-25 02:39:37 PM
I feel ashamed of myself for not knowing this
 
2012-07-25 02:44:01 PM

Close2TheEdge: As a matter of fact, I did know that. He hoped to make a prog epic album with Jon Anderson. Alas, this was one of many of Jon's projects that never actually gets off the ground.


That would explain his interest (at the time) in mixing consoles and why he and Jon were at a pro audio tradeshow together.
 
2012-07-25 02:44:12 PM

rpl: Lipspinach: I am pretty sure I saw him down at Willow Farm back in the day

You're full of ball.


Aren't we all.
 
2012-07-25 02:50:35 PM
FTA:

Coming down the corridor from the plane, I see this black guy with a whole bunch of people running after him trying to get autographs. Anyway, we get into this stretch limousine with Sherman and immediately there's a big joint being passed around. I say, 'Sorry man, I don't smoke.' Sherman says, 'You don't smoke and you're from Gong?'

Hahahahahaha.

So let's recap: he was a black, gay acidhead prog geek. Take out the black part and that's me.

karmaceutical: Some of those Gentle Giant records have aged remarkably well.

This is a masterpiece:
ecx.images-amazon.com

/RIP Sherm
//Master inner voices
 
2012-07-25 03:00:21 PM
I remember hanging at his place, tripping. He'd always play that "Lemon Teakettle" record or whatever it's called.
Anyway so we're just there hanging out: me, Sherm, Richard Nixon, Billy (aka 'Billy'), some of the local gang from the sand bar and a few girls we picked up on the strip. One of the girls had a baby and I recall Sherm saying that he could "rip the arms off a monkey and it wouldn't even feel it" and he was kinda repeating it over and over, like it had become a mantra for him. All the while he's staring at this baby and I was starting to feel nervous because Sherm's done some pretty wild things in his time and you could never be sure what sort of thing might trip his wires.
By now, the mantra had reached a fever pitch and he suddenly stood up and shouted "That's it! I can't take another second of this!", ran to the kitchen and returned with one of the sharpest and scariest-looking bowie knives I'd ever had the misfortune to be in proximity to. Some of us were standing up, backing away and saying "Easy Sherm."
Quick as lightning he turns around, grabs a watermelon and in about 10 minutes has carved up a beautiful Tibetan-style mountain monastery scene into the top of said melon.
Well, I can't say we weren't impressed and relieved. We sat around enjoying the delicate artwork and complimenting a rather satisfied looking Sherm when, with a big grin, he calmly stood up, brushed off his hands and said "Now where's that monkey?"
 
2012-07-25 03:01:17 PM

millia: Yes.


I think I see what you did there.
 
2012-07-25 03:04:34 PM
I don't even have that one, I'll have to check it out. I "ripped" Acquiring the Taste and Octopus to put on my ipod... and have been enjoying them more than I remember in the past. Acquiring the Taste in particular.
 
2012-07-25 03:04:59 PM
All that and signing the Declaration of Independence? Nice.
 
2012-07-25 03:12:30 PM

Porous Horace: I remember hanging at his place, tripping. He'd always play that "Lemon Teakettle" record or whatever it's called...


Not too shabby, equal to spentmiles on a bad day. You got a lot of work to do before you can get to PocketNinja's level, though.
 
2012-07-25 03:14:14 PM
Couldn't find the Dinah Shore clip referenced in TFA but here he is dancing briefly to Nektar's "Show Me The Way"
 
2012-07-25 03:18:05 PM

theorellior: Porous Horace: I remember hanging at his place, tripping. He'd always play that "Lemon Teakettle" record or whatever it's called...

Not too shabby, equal to spentmiles on a bad day. You got a lot of work to do before you can get to PocketNinja's level, though.


Piss off.
Don't compare me to your sacred cow(s).

It's crap like this that prevents people writing.
 
2012-07-25 03:18:19 PM
Isn't everyone?
 
2012-07-25 03:26:50 PM
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
 
2012-07-25 03:32:55 PM

Lipspinach: I am pretty sure I saw him down at Willow Farm back in the day


Share his peace, sign the lease.
 
2012-07-25 03:37:11 PM
Puerto Ricans LSD laboratory? We've finally tracked down the source of the Brown Acid!
 
2012-07-25 03:39:52 PM
That's like finding out your grandma farked the pool boy in the 60's.

But he was still a cool dude
 
2012-07-25 03:45:33 PM
dallylamma: Puerto Ricans LSD laboratory? We've finally tracked down the source of the Brown Acid!

Hahahahaha, definitely worth a click on the FUNNY button. I haven't heard the full quote in ages, but it's a classic:

To get back to the warning that I received. You may take it with however many grains of salt that you wish. That the brown acid that is circulating around us isn't too good. It is suggested that you stay away from that. Of course it's your own trip. So be my guest, but please be advised that there is a warning on that one, ok?

Sherman Hemsley would have appreciated the warning, I'm sure.
 
2012-07-25 03:47:07 PM

Porous Horace: It's crap like this that prevents people writing.


Backhanded compliments for ironic CSB posts on Fark.com keep people from writing? Those people need to branch out a little in their venues, maybe start keeping a daily journal or their own blog.
 
2012-07-25 03:48:06 PM
Yes I did.
 
2012-07-25 03:50:13 PM

Porous Horace: I remember hanging at his place, tripping. He'd always play that "Lemon Teakettle" record or whatever it's called.
Anyway so we're just there hanging out: me, Sherm, Richard Nixon, Billy (aka 'Billy'), some of the local gang from the sand bar and a few girls we picked up on the strip. One of the girls had a baby and I recall Sherm saying that he could "rip the arms off a monkey and it wouldn't even feel it" and he was kinda repeating it over and over, like it had become a mantra for him. All the while he's staring at this baby and I was starting to feel nervous because Sherm's done some pretty wild things in his time and you could never be sure what sort of thing might trip his wires.
By now, the mantra had reached a fever pitch and he suddenly stood up and shouted "That's it! I can't take another second of this!", ran to the kitchen and returned with one of the sharpest and scariest-looking bowie knives I'd ever had the misfortune to be in proximity to. Some of us were standing up, backing away and saying "Easy Sherm."
Quick as lightning he turns around, grabs a watermelon and in about 10 minutes has carved up a beautiful Tibetan-style mountain monastery scene into the top of said melon.
Well, I can't say we weren't impressed and relieved. We sat around enjoying the delicate artwork and complimenting a rather satisfied looking Sherm when, with a big grin, he calmly stood up, brushed off his hands and said "Now where's that monkey?"


[manclapping.gif]

That was fantastic!
 
2012-07-25 03:53:49 PM

barefoot in the head: Isn't everyone?


While not everyone really digs it, I've come to the conclusion that the only people who truly hate prog are oldschool punks who still believe Johnny Rotten's "I hate Pink Floyd" shirt was ballsy and rebellious (I think it was stupid), and a specific kind of hipster douchebag that only listens to music Steve Albini says is cool.

/As far as I'm concerned good music is good, s#@ty is s#@ty. Who cares who made it what instruments and why?
 
2012-07-25 03:59:47 PM

Porous Horace: theorellior: Porous Horace: I remember hanging at his place, tripping. He'd always play that "Lemon Teakettle" record or whatever it's called...

Not too shabby, equal to spentmiles on a bad day. You got a lot of work to do before you can get to PocketNinja's level, though.

Piss off.
Don't compare me to your sacred cow(s).

It's crap like this that prevents people writing.


The good ones take it as Inspiration, and Challenge. Pick up the gauntlet, or pack up your bags.
 
2012-07-25 04:06:26 PM
Hear ye, hear ye:

I hereby offer 6 months of totalfark, on me, to anyone who can find a clip of Sherman dancing to Gentle Giant on the Dinah Shore show and link it to this thread.

He who does so will fulfill my one purpose in life.

Thank you.

Love,

Gil
 
2012-07-25 04:11:07 PM
this isn't the requested link but I found this in my quick search, check Sherman's moves:

whoa
 
2012-07-25 04:11:55 PM

karmaceutical: Some of those Gentle Giant records have aged remarkably well.



I'm listening to "The Power And The Glory" right now, so I'm really getting a kick, etc.
 
2012-07-25 04:21:24 PM
He worked his interest in prog rock into at least one episode of The Jeffersons. Here's George Jefferson dancing to Nektar.
 
2012-07-25 04:22:13 PM

Porous Horace: I remember hanging at his place, tripping. He'd always play that "Lemon Teakettle" record or whatever it's called.
Anyway so we're just there hanging out: me, Sherm, Richard Nixon, Billy (aka 'Billy'), some of the local gang from the sand bar and a few girls we picked up on the strip. One of the girls had a baby and I recall Sherm saying that he could "rip the arms off a monkey and it wouldn't even feel it" and he was kinda repeating it over and over, like it had become a mantra for him. All the while he's staring at this baby and I was starting to feel nervous because Sherm's done some pretty wild things in his time and you could never be sure what sort of thing might trip his wires.
By now, the mantra had reached a fever pitch and he suddenly stood up and shouted "That's it! I can't take another second of this!", ran to the kitchen and returned with one of the sharpest and scariest-looking bowie knives I'd ever had the misfortune to be in proximity to. Some of us were standing up, backing away and saying "Easy Sherm."
Quick as lightning he turns around, grabs a watermelon and in about 10 minutes has carved up a beautiful Tibetan-style mountain monastery scene into the top of said melon.
Well, I can't say we weren't impressed and relieved. We sat around enjoying the delicate artwork and complimenting a rather satisfied looking Sherm when, with a big grin, he calmly stood up, brushed off his hands and said "Now where's that monkey?"


Me gusta!
 
2012-07-25 04:43:39 PM
Wow....had no idea.
 
2012-07-25 04:45:31 PM
All of this makes me sorry he's gone. Didn't care for The Jeffersons but he sounds like a pretty cool guy.
 
2012-07-25 04:47:46 PM
I used to watch The Jeffersons religiously when I was like 5. I loved that shiat, honkey. Great show. Dealt with a lot of racial issues no one else would back then.
 
2012-07-25 04:49:29 PM
Yup.

I'd heard Sherman Hemsley was Gong's biggest fan before I'd heard any of their music. Big thumbs up to Nick DiGilio on WGN radio for telling the story numerous times. When I saw a cheap various-artists compilation with a couple of their songs {Opium for the People and The Pot Head Pixies) along with some Hawkwind, Spooky Tooth, Pink Fairies, etc., I snapped it up and dug it.
 
2012-07-25 05:12:42 PM
I knew about the LSD thanks to the classic Wayne Brady skit on the Chappelle show.
 
2012-07-25 05:17:06 PM
This is GREAT news.
 
2012-07-25 05:21:35 PM

Porous Horace: I remember hanging at his place, tripping....


i27.tinypic.com
 
2012-07-25 05:22:20 PM
I can respect a guy that has that sort of legacy....he had his bit and he liked what he liked.
 
2012-07-25 05:30:34 PM
According to this... yes

Link
 
2012-07-25 05:40:54 PM
ec1.images-amazon.com
 
2012-07-25 05:44:17 PM
I have this over my fireplace.

img502.imageshack.us
 
2012-07-25 05:44:40 PM
www.matadorrecords.com
 
2012-07-25 05:45:56 PM
Back in the 70s, I was about 8 years old, and man I loved me some Jeffersons.

One day my parents and I were driving around, and some guy walked in front of our car and almost got creamed. As we passed him, I yelled out the window, "WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING, HONKEY!"

My mom was horrified and gasped, "Gil! You don't call people that!"

Genuinely confused, I answered her, "Why not, Mom? George Jefferson does it all the time."

She had no answer to that.

/CSB
 
2012-07-25 05:49:22 PM
i796.photobucket.com
 
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