EVIL SQUIRREL: So, did you have a nice Halloween, Scratchy?
SCRATCHY: Dude, I got so wasted at that party Saturday night, I can’t even remember what costume I wore… and it wasn’t on me when I woke up Sunday morning! Unlike your lousy ass disguise.
ES: Excuse me?
ES: Oh, you mean this?
SCRATCHY: I’ll bet you were a killer witch. What color striped tights did you wear?
ES: I was a MALE witch, better known as a warlock, OK? And I was handing out candy to trick or treaters…. well, I would have if any showed up. I must have made my yard too spooky looking and frightened away the kids!
TINA: You can say that again, Uncle Evil! I was TERRIFIED!
ES: It must have been the giant inflatable Zeeba!
TINA: As if!
ES: Or the bleeding guts replica of Buster!
TINA: That really WAS Buster! And nope! Can’t scare me with that!
SCRATCHY: I’ll bet I know what it was that frightened my poor niece. Did you have to cover your ears?
TINA: Yes, Aunt Scratchy! And it still gave me nightmares!!!!
ES: I didn’t have any spooky sounds playing in my yard! Just “Ghostbusters” on loop….
TINA: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! I’m having flashbacks of that AWFUL 80’s muzak!!!!!
SCRATCHY: Figures… that’s the lame old Evil Squirrel I know!
ES: If I really were a warlock, I’d turn you both into toads right now. Let’s just get this next request going…
SPONKIE 2: The next Shelf critter request is from….
SPONKIE 1: Ricky!!!
SCRATCHY: Well, this day’s shot to hell…
DEVIL: You’re up, Jesus freak!
RICKY: I’m not going to let you distract me from my prayers for this Shelf’s salvation…
DEVIL: Time’s a wastin’, altar boy! We don’t have all eternity….
Ricky, with his freshly sporked buns, hobbles his way up to the stage…
SCRATCHY: Just warning you, there’s no fucking gospel in my collection!
RICKY: I’m sure a heathen like you listens to nothing but Satan’s music.
ES: Lighten up, Ricky…. it’s All Saints Day after all!
RICKY: As if that means anything in this den of sin. Let’s ask The Lord what he thinks of this unholy place…
RICKY: Lord, can you hear me?
RICKY: Your humble servant Ricky is praying for your divine guidance in cleaning up the act on the Shelf.
RICKY: I agree, my Lord. This place is beyond salvation.
SCRATCHY: Either this guy’s got a screw loose, or God is really Mr. Fox.
RICKY: You wish to smite the evil on this Shelf? I completely understand, Lord. Please cleanse this Shelf of that which needs destroying!
ES: Shall I ask Troll to fetch a bucket of holy water from the toilet?
RICKY: That won’t be necessary. Just see to it this martyr gets a feast day on the calendar and that my last request gets played…
The name may not roll off the tongue when you think of the great singer/songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s… but Norman Greenbaum is the author of one of music history’s best known and beloved one hit wonder songs. In 1969, he decided to pen a spiritual song and set it to electric guitar and a rock beat… and though his label hated the song, they reluctantly released it as a single in 1970 and watched it become a worldwide hit. Let’s give it up for the “Spirit in the Sky”…
Although Greenbaum is Jewish, Jesus was just alright with him as he wrote his masterpiece with clear undertones of Christianity. This song captured the imagination of a generation, including my Dad who turned it up every single time it came on the radio. That fuzz box distorted guitar riff in the intro is immediately recognizable and one of the best…
I shall continue doing the Lord’s work with another request next Monday! Which Lord, you ask? Well, that’s debatable…
the most played song at all air guitar contests… love it!!!!
The spirit in the sky would want it that way!
Didn’t know he’d written this one to be spiritual although of course I should have known with the words “spirit in the sky” in there…..It was on the radio CONSTANTLY though – I do remember that. I must say that the name “Norman Greenbaum” is not your usual rock star type name.
If Norman had been a rock star, you’d bet he’d have had a stage name… because nobody would ever buy a record by someone named Norman Greenbaum!
Good job, Ricky. Finally something that isn’t all random noise.
ES, How about a tribute to Jay Black of Jay and the Americans who just passed on.
None of the critters picked one of their songs. I do like “Come A Little Bit Closer,” but almost equally loathe that weirdly named song where he’s trying to channel Pavoratti at the beginning…
I used to hear this tune EVERY morning at the same time while on the commute dropping my ex off at the Naval base in San Diego in 1969. And yeah, I turned it up as loud as the speakers allowed. No wonder my hearing is diminished these days!
Who needs hearing when there’s closed captioning. Turn it up!
Cool episode! and I love the chosen song – in fact I still have my 45 record of it. haha that little guitar playing kitty is so cute. 🙂
I threw that kitty in an old post a long time ago, and he popped up when I searched guitar on my blog.
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Well, after all, Jesus was also Jewish, so I’m sure he felt entirely at home with Greenbaum.
I’m sure Jesus would have approved of this song… as well as the guitar, and maybe the “herbal ambiance” surrounding it…
Great song. I grew up with the remake by Dr and the Medics but heard this one later on a 60s/70s compilation.
If it weren’t for them playing the video on VH1 Classic once a long time ago, I wouldn’t know that version existed. None of the covers of this song were hits in the US…