Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Very Merry Macs

Artist: The Very Merry Macs
LP: Sing Very Merry Melodies
Song: "This Is the Time of Day I Like"
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Song: "Hut Sut Song"
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My best friend, Edwardo, turned 30 years old this week. He invited me and a few other friends down to Las Vegas this past weekend so we could celebrate his birthday in style. Unfortunately, most of the celebration styles available in Las Vegas aren't ones I'm interested in...

...but we all had a wonderful time together anyhow. I visited two record stores while I was in Las Vegas and found some pretty great stuff. The thing about Vegas is that the entire city is designed to appeal to people with extremely general tastes. (Imagine a city of 600,000 without a single art-house cinema!) In order for something to be considered interesting in Las Vegas, it has to be sparkly, shiny, and new(d). When something starts to show its age, it will either get a facelift or simply be destroyed...DESTROYED...DESTROYED in order to make way for something new. This 1957 LP by The Very Merry Macs (evolved from The Merry Macs of the 1930s) is one of the neat old things I found at the first Vegas vinyl store I went to, Record City on Sahara Avenue. The store was having a sale for 25% off, the Very Merry Macs' "Sing Very Merry Melodies" LP was marked down 50% from its original price, and I have a feeling that just about everyone in Las Vegas is glad that it's gone. I'm just glad I got it out of town before somebody decided to implode it. Another vintage Vegas holdout still standing today is a 24-hour diner called Tiffany's Cafe.

I arrived at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, but I ordered breakfast at Tiffany's, of course. 

While I was eating, I noticed a sign on the wall announcing that the cafe was going to be closed for a spell in April of 2005 so that a major motion picture could be filmed there. I asked what movie it was, and the cook told me it was something called "Lucky You" starring Robert DeNiro.

I'd never heard of it, but I found it at Scarecrow Video when I got home and watched it last night. It turns out the Robert in the movie is actually Duvall, and it would probably be more accurate to describe the film as a minor motion picture.

Robert Duvall does indeed visit Tiffany's Cafe at one point in the film, and so does Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana. In fact, one of the film's key scenes takes place between all three actors seated together in the booth in the lower left corner.

Unfortunately, I hadn't yet seen "Lucky You" (in which the Bellagio fountain seems to spring up behind Bana and Barrymore every time they kiss) so I didn't get to sit in the movie stars' seats at Tiffany's Cafe. I sat at the counter. But if you're ever in Las Vegas and you feel like visiting an old diner where you can sit where Robert Duvall sat nine years ago, I heartily recommend the place. They make a good omelet and the people there are nice. 

[ Record City on Sahara Ave. - Las Vegas, Nevada ]

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