Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Spurgeon's General Warning: Songs About Richard

Posted By on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Richard Harrow, Dreamboat

Have you guys been watching Boardwalk Empire this season? It's really good! We've got the exceptionally coked-up antics of Al Capone, the feud between Chalky White (yay!) and Dr. Narcisse Valintin (boo!) and, uh, whatever Nucky gets up to ... hanging out in Tampa, I guess? Of course, my favorite character is disabled veteran/occasional murderer-for-hire/hopeless romantic Richard Harrow. His gentlemanly nature and talent for sharp-shooting despite faulty depth perception have won my simple woman's heart. Remember his happy-family dream book? Remember when he almost killed himself in the woods? Remember his killing spree to save that unfortunate-looking child? Please find below a short tribute to HBO's best character.

Frances Langford and James Cagney, "Over There"

James Cagny is George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy, literally the only musical biopic I've ever truly enjoyed. Yesterday was Veteran's Day in America, but in much of the world it's Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, and it's specifically meant to honor WWI dead.

Small Faces, "Tin Solider"

Those strapped-on tin faces were a real thing, by the way. That mask at the link has a much better eye than Richard's, but I don't care. The poor Wisconsin farm boy is doing the best he can, y'all.

Billy Idol, "Eyes Without a Face"

Sure, Richard Harrow may be a fictional character, and neither of us are teenagers, and it's not 1984, but there's still a possibility we might dance to this song on prom night. (I'm the only girl who's not afraid to dance with him. The others are scared of his face and general demeanor of creepiness.)


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