Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Something clever from Stew

I thank my friend Susie for pointing me to this YouTube video by singer Mark Stewart, a.k.a. Stew. The song is “Black Men Ski.” It’s a bone-dry satire about racial stereotypes.

Stew earned a rep in L.A. with his rock band, The Negro Problem. Nowadays he seems to be focused on theatrical and cabaret-style writings and performance. Hey, whatever it takes...

As for this vidclip, please suffer through the cryptic commercial at the beginning.

7 comments:

jena6 said...

"Black Men Ski" sort of has this "Chocolate Rain" thing about it.

I liked the "Walden Pond" reference and the pun on Thoreau when Stew goes something like: "The cleansing blood of Jesus, but he couldn't do a thorough job."

Speaking of racially evocative band names, earlier today I came across a band called "Bigger Thomas." How can you NOT think about "Native Son" when you hear it?

daughterofthedream said...

the Times or some such paper did a piece on him fairly recently I want to say

dez said...

I saw The Negro Problem several times back in the day and they were fantastic. Not as fond of Stew's solo work, though.

Undercover Black Man said...

In my fantasy world, I own a cabaret where I book acts like this.

Roberto Rivera said...

Many years ago, in my first job out of law school, I got this guy Super Bowl tickets through my best high school buddy who was an NFL player.

A few months later, this guy organized a ski trip and didn't invite me. When he was confronted on his ingratitude his no-sh*t answer was "I didn't think Puerto Ricans would be interested in skiing."

Brought back memories, UBM.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ When he was confronted on his ingratitude his no-sh*t answer was "I didn't think Puerto Ricans would be interested in skiing."

What did he think you were, Mexican? ;^)

I sure hope he expressed his gratitude some other way, eventually.

dez said...

Hey, man, this here Mexican skis (not well, but still). Of course, since I'm only half-Mexican, maybe I don't count.