Tuesday, July 11, 2023

What Exactly Is A Crossfire Hurricane?

 July 11, 2023

    I have been singing the lyrics to "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by the Rolling Stones for fifty years and never knew the answer to this question: what is a crossfire hurricane?

Mister Crossfire Hurricane

   Until today.

   "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by the Rolling Stones was number one on the British Billboard pop chart 50 years ago today. According to a biography of Keith Richards, the first line of the song, "I was born in a crossfire hurricane," is a reference to the fact that Richards was born near London during World War II in the midst of a German air raid.

   Well, what did we expect? If you ask me, he acts just like he was born during an air raid.

“People wanted a loser who became a winner. Or a winner who became a loser. But a loser who stayed a loser? That was too much like themselves. They weren’t interested in themselves.”

—Charles Bukowski, “More Notes of a Dirty Old Man”

A Sneak Peek at A Sue Retrospective

A precursor to

"Last Fandango at The Heatwave Cafe"

"I've been called a high steppin' filly and a low down dirty whore, but I finally made up my mind that at the end of this ride I'll be camping alone."

—Honkytonk Sue

   And, what exactly possessed me to write that? A certain "Fleabag."

"You have to write something that is more dangerous, more honest, more provocative."

—Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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