Analog Computing Magazine July 1986: “RAMcopy!”

I took a stroll over to The Mothership this afternoon and found that she was down for unknown reasons. Thinking that my FireFox bookmarks might be corrupted due to the recent upgrade, I googled The Blogmocracy and clicked that link. No dice.

Instead I found an amusing blast from the past by Robert Stacy McCain in 2012. Down in the comments, “Jacobus” posted a link to this:

The last phrase in that self-description says a lot.

So 33-year-old Magical Jazzy played with Chicago in 1986? News to me, so I searched the BRC Archives. He never once mentioned the band, and he’s not listed anywhere in their lineups. Go figger.

130 Comments on “Analog Computing Magazine July 1986: “RAMcopy!””

  1. Bunk X says:

    Flight delays happen, so Daoirí Farrell, Geoff Kinsella and Robbie Walsh made the most of it.

    • KGB says:

      It’s OK to be white. Sometimes it kicks ass.

      • Octopus says:

        It’s all I’ve ever known, being white. Has its pros and cons, to be honest. All the guilt, for instance…such a heavy load of guilt, knowing my impoverished ancestors came to America seeking a better life, and worked their asses off, fought for their new country, went to church on Sunday and made sure the kids did their homework, and then everybody (just about) ended up prosperous and relatively happy. Except for the guilt, of course. That weighs a ton. 😆

  2. Bunk X says:

  3. dudebro says:

  4. rightymouse says:

    Chicago isn’t mentioned in his Wiki entry either. What a surprise!

    • Bunk X says:

      He was scrambling for auditions in those days. Chicago dumped him. Zappa dumped him. Duke hired him, then dumped him. See the pattern?

  5. Minnowredux says:

    Charles Johnson a liar!!??

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha – we have all known this for years!!!

  6. Octopus says:

    Chicago’s brilliant guitarist, Terry Kath, played big chunky notes and masterful solos. Chunky plays with himself, solo. Never the twain could ever meet. Nice try, Fatass! 😆

    • rightymouse says:

      Their trumpet players were/arethe best!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Octopus says:

        I know! No rock band ever incorporated horns better than Chicago, and that includes the band that claims (somewhat bitterly and butthurt) they inspired the much more popular Chicago, that being Blood, Sweat And Tears. I liked that band, too, thanks to my much-older siblings’ record collection, but they were never as great as the early Chicago, though they definitely had their moments. Like this one:

        The horns were great, and David Clayton Thomas had a powerful voice, but they didn’t sustain the songwriting much beyond their few great popular hits. “Spinning Wheel” is the other one that comes to mind. Chicago spun out several albums of masterful stuff before Kath accidentally offed himself, and they came back to life as a ballad-heavy pop band. No soulless noodling from Chunky McDumbth ever cursed one of their efforts, thankfully.

        • Octopus says:

          I really loved this one too, as an impressionable kid:

          Heavy stuff, eh?

          • Octopus says:

            Might as well the last part of their awesome pop trilogy hurrr:

            They were an awesomely talented group, and ahead of their time. But then, all the great innovating musicians of the Sixties were ahead of their time, and creating a new music that is unmatched for the most part to this day. Rap, punk, techno, neo-folk and whatever, it all derives from the mad experimentation that occurred in the mid-to-late 60’s and early 70’s. Drugs played a part, but not the only part. Creativity was valued and fostered by the industry for a brief moment in time, before commercialism and mimicry took over.

        • Bunk X says:

          Cliff Nobles preceded Bill Chase.

          The Bill Chase Band preceded Chicago Transit Authority.

      • Bunk X says:

        Pete Metzgar loved these bands. Jack Wagner didn’t.

  7. Octopus says:

    Lena Dunham is a parasitic hypocrite who believes all women’s reports of rape, unless it’s her friend who did the raping.

  8. Octopus says:

    Gus is going to be fighting with moonbats today. Always his most entertaining twitterwars. Chunky never retweets him on these things, oddly enough.

  9. dezes157 says: Oh man, every time I think old fat Chuck cant be a bigger fake, he tops himself.

    • Octopus says:

      Given the pannus and moobs he’s dragging around, maybe he’s not lying about his heart going blooey. On the other hand, he’s never shown any sign of having a real heart, just parroting other people’s opinions and pretending to like obscure and ridiculously twee musicians.

  10. Octopus says:

    There’s only one Top 25 matchup in football this day, and the vaunted defenses of UM and Wisconsin are living up to their billing. It’s 7-7 at the half, and I suspect it will be similarly suffocating in the second. Michigan has yet to score a “signature win” under the highly-paid and messiah-like (when he arrived and for a year or two after — the religious aspect of his tenure is now under some fan scrutiny) Harbaugh. If he can pull this off today, on the road against unbeaten and 5th-ranked UW, it’s going to go over bigly around here.

  11. rightymouse says:

    David Cassidy may be dying. 😦 Ugh. He was my heart-throb when I was a teenager.

    • Octopus says:

      Opposite ends of the musical spectrum, but we also lost the great Malcolm Young of AC/DC today. Wrote the songs and played fantastic rhythm guitar. Also suffered from the fast-moving kind of dementia that is killing Cassidy, and claimed one of my uncles.

      • rightymouse says:

        So sad. 😦

        • Octopus says:

          It is a terrible illness, but I still think the “other kind” of dementia is worse, the one that destroys your memory but leaves your body functioning for many years, or decades. I have a friend whose mother suffers from that, and the process of caring for her has bankrupted him and broken up his marriage, after 30 years of being mostly happily married. The stress of the whole thing was just too much. They started fighting after several years of trying to deal with the mess, and then they just gave up.

          My uncle had the fast kind of dementia, and it took only 4-5 years for him to pass from a vibrant, intelligent, retired book-editor and agent to first a grumpy, sometimes abusive man-child who hit his lovely, understanding wife, and then an invalid, and soon gone. He was also my godfather, who lost his first wife to cancer, and remarried to an incredibly sweet, kind woman. She sent me a big box of his belongings after he died, which were mostly items and clothing marked with our family name, or artistic interpretations of same, which is “Griffin.” He had already sent me a good-sized wooden sign he had carved, sporting the mythical creature — it graces the landing of my stairs to the basement.

          • rightymouse says:

            Hubby & I have the ‘pillow’ agreement if either of us gets the big “A” or “C”.

          • Octopus says:

            We have the same agreement, here. Might be hard to pull off, but we both have valid Living Wills on file. Also, if we get the C, instructions to obtain the best drugs money can buy to ease the transition into our heavenly abode, or the other place. 😯

          • rightymouse says:

            Yep. The last year of my mother’s life was miserable. Bed-ridden with dementia. Don’t want someone feeding me or changing my diaper. Not gonna happen.

  12. windbag says:

    Carefully examine his claim: he is currently playing with Chicago. So….he turned on their album and is playing along with them in his lonely bedroom? I’ll buy that. Charles could also claim that he played on their album. Yes, it’s true. He set a copy on the floor, stood on top of it, and strummed his guitar.

    Irrelevant loser.

    • Octopus says:

      “25 Or 6 To 4″…hundred pounds, that is. And that was sometime ago.

    • Octopus says:

      My brother used to play along with albums like that, on his electric guitar. He’s a doctor now, but he could put on his resume that he played in his youth with Nugent, Hendrix, Boston, The Doobie Bros, and a number of other famous rockers. He wasn’t good, either….just like Chunky. 😆

    • Bunk X says:

      Yep. Gets the ponytail out of his lie by default.

  13. Octopus says:

    Chunky contributed his rockin’ guitar talents, all of them, to this recording:

  14. Octopus says:

    That was when the Empty Suit, aka the Unicorn Messiah was in office. Had no talents for anything but reading scripted words off a teleprompter, and was a miserable failure in office. Now we have a guy who survived decades of competition in cutthroat business, social and entertainment realms, who is revamping the judicial system, cutting taxes and dealing firmly and honorably with international cohorts and enemies. It’s freaking awesome, to be honest.

  15. Octopus says:

    Fortunately or otherwheeze, you can’t afford Starbucks coffee. You can barely afford Safeway Instant. So, don’t sweat the small stuff, Fatass. 😆

  16. Octopus says:

    I heard this song the other day on NPR, which I sometimes listen to in the afternoon when they’re done preaching socialist cant and focusing on alternative music. You hear some gems, then. This one nearly made me cry. I’ll post the one that did make me tear up a little, shortly.

    This is just a monster lyric by Carole King, that she immortalized on “Tapestry.” How talented was that girl? 😯 I still get waylaid occasionally by songs from that album.

      • Octopus says:

        One more song that made me verklempt this week, from the great REM album, “Automatic For The People.” This album meant a lot to me during a stressful time in my younger life, and this song, which I thought was just okay at the time, suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks the other day when I heard it. We had some good skinny-dipping times, in the pond near our local neighborhood dive-bar. Apparently, so did REM, in their early days. I was a big fan of the early REM stuff, and “Automatic” was their greatest album, imho. Never mind the politics! They had a great sound, and Stipe was capable of great vocal performances, like this one. The band never sounded better than they did on this album, stripped-down from their jangly, twangy earlier rock sound that I also liked a lot.

        • KGB says:

          Automatic For The People also contains “Everybody Hurts”, which is one of the most whiny pieces of shit that I’ve every come across, with a video to match. REM peaked with Lifes Rich Pageant, Stipes vocals were slightly more intelligible and Buck’s guitar playing took on a raspy, gain-filled quality. Overall, the sound and the song-writing were as strong as anything REM would accomplish.

      • rightymouse says:

        Carole King was YUUUUUUUGE the year I graduated from HS in ’71. I was but a mere child of 16. Listened to her on the radio.

        • Bunk X says:

          Carole King’s songs were good, but I couldn’t stand her sappy stuff that the stoner weenies bought into. Locomotion was the exception. (Sorry Little Eva.)

          • Octopus says:

            Being just a young weenie when my older sisters were cranking “Tapestry,” I have to admit I fell for it all. Love the whole album. Mondo nostalgia, now. Same with some of Joni Mitchell’s albums…okay, here’s my man-card. I’ll take my suspension.

    • rightymouse says:

      I LOVE this version by Winehouse. Made me cry. Dammit.

      • Octopus says:

        Isn’t it great? Nobody else could touch the original.

        • rightymouse says:

          Her voice was fabulous. So sad that she got into drugs and booze. Also married an a-hole.

          • Octopus says:

            There was hope when that toxic marriage to the horrible Blake Fielder-Civil broke up and she went into rehab at last, but it didn’t work for her. She was allowed to live alone, insulated by her money, and drink/drug herself to death. She needed an intervention, but there was nobody who could control her, which is the death knell for so many addicted stars.

  17. Octopus says:

    I’m, like, TOTALLY freaking out here, Jim! Because Trump is an insaniac, or whatever. He wants to kill us all, because he’s a murderous orange lunatic, with a wighat. I wish the Unicorn Messiah was still president, because all he did was give money and concessions to the world’s leading dictators building their nuclear weapon systems. That black guy was cool!

  18. rightymouse says:

    • rightymouse says:

      Gussy doesn’t watch TV.

      • rightymouse says:

        He really, really doesn’t watch TV.

        • rightymouse says:

          It’s a good thing Gussy doesn’t watch cable either.

          • Octopus says:

            Funny thing is, Gus says the same things about Twitter all the time, and still he persists. 24/7/365.

            You see, Gus, most of us have these things where we have to leave our homes daily, work all day at jobs that tire us out and stress us, and then we might like some mindless TV entertainment we can half-watch while talking with family and browsing the internet. Some shows are even pretty good, believe it or not. Not many, but a few. “The Shahs Of Sunset,” for example– incredibly entertaining! 😆

            Note on TWD: I’m glad the tiger got et by the walkers. And the king got humbled. That plotline had “jump the shark” all over it.

  19. Octopus says:

    Hysterical ranting on a Sunday afternoon. 😆

  20. Abu Snagglepuss says:

    My Bears trail the red-hot Lions after a half. The score is irrelephant as Chicago has their allowed points. There it is. I hope they remain bad enough to draft in the top 7. Six, even.

  21. Octopus says:

    Yes, by all means. Replace the disgraced Franken with the CAIR spokesperson, the most liberal man in Congress, and the most “moderate Muslim” ever to promote Islamist principles from within the unhallowed halls of DC. 😆

  22. Octopus says:

    Yes, you should have. 😆

  23. Octopus says:

    If only they’d had dreamcatchers back in Chunky’s youth…

  24. Bunk X says:

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  26. Bunk X says:

    2 to go for the clean sweep of the sidebar.

  27. Bunk X says:

    AND… DONE.

  28. Octopus says:

    I RAMcopy!’d this song for youse. Puddles Pity Party, ladies and germs:

    • rightymouse says:

      Talk about a Freudian slip!!
      “His show, “Hardball with Christ Matthews,” has aired on MSNBC since 1999.”

  29. rightymouse says:

    HE SAID, “NO.”
    HE SAID, “YES.”
    HE SAID, “NO.”
    HE SAID, “OK.”


  30. dezes157 says:

    Its almost as bad as LGF!

  31. OLT's Ring Given Freely says:

    Wow, the (well-deserved) criticism of Lena Dunham’s hypocrisy turned racist quickly.

    I’m enjoying the Left Clowarding and Pivening themselves to death. I hope my laughter doesn’t interrupt or distract them.

  32. rightymouse says:

    Peter Daou is such a Beta male weeny. 😆

  33. rightymouse says:

    Octo’s post about Carole King in 1970’s made me think of HS and even in Bangkok, we teens were hip. This song reminded me of my Junior year when I snagged my first boyfriend.

    • rightymouse says:

      And I would hope some hunky guy would take pity & ask me to slow dance to this great hit! 😆

      • Octopus says:

        Both songs were very original and haunting. Good calls!

        Note: I think Billy Whitepants is excited to slowdance witcha. 😉

      • Bunk X says:

        That was the themesong to our H.S. senior prom. My date dumped me one week prior, but then Adrianna C. danced me into the parking lot.

  34. ISTE says:

    Things have gotten stupid.

    Possible scenario.

    *ring… ring…. ring* (I pick up the phone in the office)

    Me: “Good morning! This is XXXXXXX XXXXXXX corporation, how can I assist you?”

    Female person on the other end of the line: “I would like to speak to the accounts payable department”

    Me: “Can I have your name please”

    Her: “Why do you need my name?”

    Me: “well there is no one in that department at the moment so I will have to get them to call you back. What is your phone number?”

    Her: “I am not giving you my phone number, I don’t know who you are!”

    Me: “Please, I just need your name and your phone number”

    Her: “Are you stalking me?”

    Me: “No, not stalking you. I would really like to have your name and phone number so I can get someone to help you with any problems you have!”


    Me: “Thank you for calling XXXXXXX XXXXXXX corporation and have a nice day”

    A glimpse of the future.

  35. Octopus says:

    The sheer number of grody sexual assault and harassment claims coming out against Demoncraps these days is getting overwhelming, to the point where people are going to tune it all out. This dynamic might save a couple of these shits’ careers, come to think of it. That’s too bad, but I’m glad the truth is getting out there, about where the real “rape culture” exists.

  36. Octopus says:

    You just know Lena Dunham is rashy with rage that nobody has ever tried to feel her up or jam their tongue down her throat, on the job or off. Yes, she made up that lie about “the only campus Republican at Oberlin” date-raping her, but that was a really sad, flimsy lie, that fell apart completely with the most cursory investigation.

  37. Bunk X says:


    And this.

    Oh yeah. And this.

  38. Bunk X says:

    The worst thing about sweet potato biscuits is that if someone you love makes them for you, you have to eat them.