For those overseas readers not hip to the oft opaque and confusing aspects of America's public culture, today is perhaps the most important secular holiday in the US calendar.
That's right! This March 10th, shops are shuttered, all but the most essential services are shut down, schools are quiet, and even non-violent offenders are given their traditional one-day leave to join their families in celebration.
For this single day out of the whole year, we leave our homes and meet our neighbors in the streets. People share traditional American fare, like Jell-O and pimento cheese-spread finger sandwiches. We laugh and we cry. Some of us will pour out a little of our malt beverages out for the dawgs who couldn't join us.
Then, as night rolls in, we all wrap ourselves up in toilet paper and do a violent dance called the Kirk.
Why? Oh, foolish not-Americans. It's because today marks the vinyl reissue of the classic '90s garage revival landmark The Mummies Play Their Own Records, by none other than the Mummies!
Second only importance only to Klaus Schaffenberger Day, The Mummies Play Their Own Records Vinyl Reissue Day is a joyous occasion, not unlike the UK's Happy Boiled Meat Day or France's own semi-annual Festival of Burning Peugeots.
Enough jibber jabber! Let's get to celebrating!
Here's the Mummies doing the song I married my wife to (by which I mean, this is the song I had in my head when the organist was playing "Tis a Gift to Be Simple"): "Stronger Than Dirt."
the mummies- stronger than dirt (funtastic) from rob downs on Vimeo.
And here's the Mummies classic "You Must Fight to Live (On the Planet of the Apes)":
the mummies- you must fight to live on the planet of the apes (funtastic) from rob downs on Vimeo.
Happy The Mummies Play Their Own Records Vinyl Reissue Day!