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This week, we welcome back folk singer Bob Dylan. Bob last appeared here in Framed #43, back in the days when Framed was really good...talk about water under the bridge! This time around, he's singing "Jokerman," a cut from his 1983 album, Infidels. The song is rich in imagery, and so is the video, which is simply loaded with iconic figures from history.
As great as Bob was--and is!--he was coming off a string of cranky Christian albums with Infidels, and sales weren't all that great. As for critical opinion...well, at the time, famous rock critic Robert Christgau opined that Dylan had "turned into a hateful crackpot."
Dylan wouldn't really return to great critical and commercial success until 1997's Time Out Of Mind, but we think "Jokerman" is pretty good, and an important part of the Dylan canon. Please feel free to post your thoughts on this important American musician so that other humans can read them!
Important blog note! Last week, for the first time in the history of our blog, we changed a caption at the request of the powers that be at Y! Music. Our original caption, which was over-the-top hilarious, was seen as a bit too adult for general distribution.
Since we respect--no, revere--the evenhanded advice of Y! Music, and like getting paid, we were OK with the change. We invite you, our ever-inventive readers, to imagine which picture it was, and the general drift of the caption.
They just better keep their hands off Gummo.
Next week: Indie Britpop, Pumpkinhead's fate and more!
1 -- Why, somebody should write down this fellow's story. It would make for a Good Book.
2 -- "And I also perform such hits as 'Stairway To Heaven.' But you must order now!"
3 -- "Forecastle? Dude, it's pronounced folksul. As a boatswain, I know these things."
4 -- Hey! If this guy was black, he'd look just like the president!
5 -- President Palin deeply regretted the tragic, accidental destruction of Levi Johnston's home, and the loss of the other trailers, too.
6 -- Hell also has the entire Creed catalogue on a continuous loop!
7 -- "That's one small step for a man, one giant hoax on the imbecilic citizens who think we've actually landed on the freaking moon."
8 -- Shalom! Framed is even better on Y! Music Hebrew!
9 -- "You know, boys, I haven't seen our old friend Dion DiMucci anywhere."
10 -- "Mr. Gorbachev, yo Mama's favorite food is seconds!'"
11 -- "My greatest albums? Well, there was Self Portrait, of course...Saved...Knocked Out Loaded...and Down In The Groove. Yep, that would be it."
12 -- "Observing Framed's readers through this high-powered instrument confirms they are indeed uniformly good-looking," noted Gummo, The Sentient Bubble.