What do you think of when I say “Greatest Hits?”
I’m just going to say it, I’m not a fan of boxing. My dad loves it, I have friends who love it – I can’t handle it, the sweat, blood and spit; the swollen shut eyes; the way people lay there after they’ve been knocked out. It’s too much and it turns my stomach.
Except this one fight. I would call this the fight with the two greatest hits I’ve seen in the ring – a tap from the left and an overhand right. Again, not that I’ve seen a lot.
Have you ever been told a story and the person telling you is laughing so hard they can barely finish the story? You can’t even understand what they’re saying but you start laughing right along with them because their laughter is contagious? Well, the friend who introduced me to this video was that person. We were sitting in his apartment and he starts talking about a street fighter from North Carolina who thinks he could be a boxer. My friend is quoting the analyst and announcer to me, “This man, Brian Sutherland, has no business in the boxing ring” and that’s about all I could understand.
Then he pulls out a VHS tape of the fight and has us watch it. It is as hilarious as he describes – primarily because of the conversation being carried on about the fight. Also because when Brian is dealt the blow that knocks him out, he’s stunned and the video seems like it’s slipped into slo-mo for about 3 seconds. Also because the announcers keep talking about how bad he is. And finally, because at 2:33 his opponent is laughing, for the second time in a less than one-minute fight.
I have tried to find this video over the years but haven’t been able to. Then tonight when I read the theme of this week’s Mix-Tape: Greatest Hits, I immediately knew I had to try again.
Lucky for me, putting “Brian has no business in the boxing ring” in quotes worked. So it’s here. You can fast forward to 1:30 when the fight starts just to hear what the announcers say. The fight is over pretty quickly but stay until at least 3:15 to hear, “the overhand right, that’s all she wrote.” He kind of sings it.
The Man from Shelby
I wanted to list all of the hilarious quotes from the commentators but I think it’s time I got onto the Mix-Tape. You probably don’t need me to tell you…the theme is greatest hits. I tried to choose five songs that I listen to a lot and that I haven’t already chosen for another mix-tape.
My five musical greatest hits, in no particular order:
Lovely Day, Bill Withers
I. LOVE. THIS. SONG! I listen to it almost every day. No lie.
Soulshine, Gov’t Mule (The Deep End, Vol. 1 version)
I have been listening to a live version of this song and it’s amazing. We got a new car last week and, of course, I needed a playlist for my 20 minute drive home from the dealership and grabbed this version by mistake. My drive was so fast and my list was so long that I didn’t even get to this song. The next day I was driving one of my sons to school, we were talking and this song starts. I didn’t recognize it right away, but Jack and I both were just kind of mesmerized by the piano at the beginning. I cannot explain it except to say that it stopped us in our tracks, ended as we were pulling up to school and we had enough time to agree “that was a great song!” I listen to this one almost every day, too.
September, Earth, Wind & Fire
I have no idea why. I just need to hear it sometimes.
You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Rolling Stones
This reminds me of my sister, two of my closest friends and The Big Chill.
Happiness is a Warm Gun, The Beatles
This one’s a repeat but that’s going to have to be okay.
So, now it’s your turn. What would your Greatest Hits be? Something current or classic? Live or studio? Does it have a story? I’d love to hear all about it!
Today’s post is part of Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesday hosted by Jen Kehl. You can check out more mix-tapes by clicking the link or clicking below.