Music: Kinky Friedman
Musician, author and-would be politician Kinky Friedman is the former leader of the band The Texas Jewboys. He has written several murder mysteries about a musician, author and would-be politician named Kinky Friedman, who also dabbles in private detection. While most of the books are set in New York City, one or two are set in Texas.This is a partial list of his novels:
- A Case of Lone Star
- Armandillos and Old Lace
- Blast From The Past
- Elvis, Jesus and Coca-Cola
- Frequent Flyer
- God Bless John Wayne
- Greenwich Killing Time
- The Love Song Of J. Edgar Hoover
- Musical Chairs
- When the Cat's Away
- Answer Song: "Asshole From El Paso" to Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee".
- Big Applesauce
- Drink Order: Jameson's.
- The Vodka McGovern: Vodka, the juice of a freshly squeezed orange, topped with soda water.
- Dual Meaning Chorus: In the song "We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To You," the narrator is denied entrance to a cafe with the title words, as he looks like a Communist and a Jew.
They ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymoreWe don't turn the other cheek like we done beforeYou could hear that honky holler as he hit the hardwood floorLord, they ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymore!
- In the next verse, the rabbi at the synagogue tells him that because he doesn't have a ticket and tie, "We reserve the right to refuse services to you."
- The next verse takes a more serious anti-war tone as the narrator wishes he could refuse military service to U.S. troops in South Asia.
- Finally, the narrator fears that when he tries to get into heaven, he'll be told, "Our quota's filled for this year / On singing Texas Jews, / We reserve the right to refuse service to you."
- The same goes for "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore", which starts off with an anti-semite accosting Kinky in a bar with the title phrase, and ends with Kinky punching him out with the words
- Eagleland: A frequent subject/target of his music.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Friedman smokes cigars. Often.
- The Holocaust: "Ride 'Em Jewboy" is rather more somber than its title suggests.
- Irishman And A Jew: Kinky and McGovern
- Misogyny Song: "Get Your Biscuits In The Oven And Your Buns In The Bed"
- Our Product Sucks: Friedman's campaign slogans for his 2006 campaign for Texas governor included "Why The Hell Not?" and "How Hard Could It Be?"
- Refuge in Audacity: In the mid-90s, he was invited to the White House and handed a Cuban cigar to Bill Clinton right in front of a bunch of reporters with the words "Don't think of it as supporting their economy, think of it as burning their crops."
- Before that, there was The Ballad Of Charles Joseph Whitman, a comedy song about a mass shooting.
- Third-Person Person: Friedman is known for referring to himself in the third person, though it's tongue-in-cheek on his part.
- Uncle Pennybags
- Write Who You Know