Friday, September 12, 2008
These are for you, McNulty.
Having just finished watching the final ninety minute episode of the final season of The Wire, I dedicate this week's Random 10 to detective Jimmy McNulty, a drunk, a liar, inconstant to the women he loved, unobliging to those under whom he served, a man so full of sin it becomes impossible to list them all.
But if you watched the show, you pretty much had to love McNulty, because his greatest sin was this. McNulty gave a fuck, even when it wasn't his turn to give a fuck.
McNulty was natural po-lice.
He was true murder po-lice.
And so, this week's Random 10 starts with the song played at McNulty's wake.
The Body of an American The Pogues
Valse #3, in F major (Chopin) Claudio Arrau
Veteran’s Day Matthew Hubbard
Hello Mabel Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
In The Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett
You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby Kirsty MacColl
Three Little Maids From School Are We Shirley Henderson, Dorothy Adkinson and Cathy Sara
There’s A Place The Beatles
Shabby Doll Elvis Costello & the Attractions
Three Little Birds Bob Marley & the Wailers
All over the place this week. Valse #3, Three Little Maids, Three Little Birds is a cute little coincidence. And that guy in the third spot, whoever he is, I'm sure that fits in somehow. The One True Living Elvis shows up twice, since he produced The Pogues' song in the lead-off spot. Kirsty MacColl makes her second appearance in as many weeks, covering a tune from the Smiths that sounds like it was written for Caribou Barbie.
And as for Bob Marley telling us not to worry about a thing, don't worry, WORK! There's less than eight weeks until the election. Get off your butt and do something.
As for the title of this post, it comes from this scene from the very first episode of The Wire, one of the many scenes that let the public know that this cop show was going to be different, and by different, I mean better.
And don't forget the dots. The deputy likes dots.