Episode 97: Smollop: Frank Fossett

I may earn money from the participating companies linked in this post: Bookshop.org (supporting my nearby independent bookstore Bluebird & Co, in Crozet, VA) and/or Audible. My podcast is sponsored by Audible and Care/Of.

Who needs strength when you’ve got crazy?


Hell’s Half Acre: The Life and Legend of a Red-Light District (Chisholm Trail Series) * Richard F. Selcer

Doc Carver’s real name was Green Durrett. Wait, what? Green? As a first name? I shudder to think what might have inspired that.

“A misapprehension of the facts” may be the best American legal statement ever made in either a document or open court, ever. Sorry, Johnnie Cochran, your rhymes about gloves during the O. J. Simpson trial have nothing on this baby. I have a mind to cross-stitch “a misapprehension of the facts” above a pair of saloon bat-wing doors. Wouldn’t that be a beaut.

Legendary Watering Holes: The Saloons that Made Texas Famous (Clayton Wheat Williams Texas Life Series) * Richard F. Selcer, David Bowser, Nancy Hamilton, and Chuck Parsons

The kick in the balls, instead of the gun draw, plus all the western stereotypes, reminded me of this western my best friend, the wonderful scoundrel Joshua (who is right now reading this with a bourbon in hand and grinning), made me watch back in high school, Straight to Hell. It is, in a word, insane. Dollopy, in other words. It’s by the director of Sid and Nancy, and stars Elvis Costello, Courtney Love, Dennis Hopper, and Grace Fucking Jones. It’s a western filtered through a Courtney Love fever dream, if memory serves. It taught me the meaning of más cervezas, so there’s that.

And, oh, Joshua, dear, there’s a sequel: Straight to Hell Returns. Más cervezas! Movie night!

Bands from this episode:

  • Doc Carver (too easy, a must-have)
  • Leaky Fossett
  • Batwing Door
  • Magic Bullet
  • Green Durrett

Cultural references from this episode:



Back to Top