Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rick Perry's "Dukakis tank" moment

Forget the Willie Horton stuff. We all know that what sank Michael Dukakis was the tank photo.

Here's a free tip for Obama campaign operatives: Dig around for any photos or videos of Rick Perry joining ZZ Top onstage at the Houston Compaq Center in 2003. It was ZZ Top's last show of that tour, and the last concert played at the Summit/Compaq Center before Joel Osteen took it over.

ZZ Top fans were treated to a very bizarre spectacle during the show. Governor Perry came out onstage dressed in something that looked like an ill-fitting one-piece dark jumpsuit, and from where we were sitting it appeared as though he skipped out on stage. Then he sat down behind the drum kit and played along with La Grange. Once the song was over he stood up, skipped again to the front of the stage and bowed. When it was over we all looked at each other and said, "What the HELL did we just see?"

So get busy Obama operatives. I've been looking for pictures and videos of this event off-and-on for years. They must exist somewhere, but to date there's nothing online except this.

14 comments:

chickenlittle said...

Lou--that just makes him cooler!

I understand your frustration at being unable to find old concert photos though. Hell, I wish I could find photos of me at the Alice Cooper show in Madison back in 1973 just to prove how cool I was. An unknown band named ZZ Top opened that show.

Anonymous said...

It happened too far in the past to have any relevance now. Were he to do something similar again on the presidential campaign trail, then you might have a Dukakis tank moment. Might.

Dan from Madison said...

Jesus I am glad there weren't flip phones and iPhones and everything else when I was young. I have enough skeletons.

gerry3x said...

I was at that show and I have photos of the Gov and his wife giving me, and me only, a thumbs up before he went on stage. He was wearing a ZZ Top concert shirt and a baseball cap.

JohnnyThunder said...

Appearing with ZZ Top a "Dukakis moment"?

Lou, it's time to change your maxi pad...

Lou Minatti said...

It's fun watching Perry do the rope-a-dope with the Beltway critics. They aren't as bright as they think they are.

There will be Hell Toupée said...

Someone snap a photo of Perry without his hairpiece, and he's sunk.

http://web-images.chacha.com/rick-perry/rick-perry-jul-18-2011-1-600.jpg

Lou Minatti said...

Perry's hair is fair game, but I am pretty sure his famous hair helmet is 100% natural and lacquered.

Anonymous said...

I still laugh every time I see this John Kerry photo: http://www.wnd.com/images2/kerryspaceman.jpg

Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks playing drums with ZZ Top is somehow uncool should permanently lose his license to be a culture critic. What an idiotic post.

Anonymous said...

Perry's got the goods right in his own office.

http://blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/files/legacy/archives/IMG_0060%5B1%5D.JPG

Congrats, btw, your blog is the #1 search result for "rick perry" + "zz top". :p

Another view http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Zm6JXvXXze4/TSxoJrxgbcI/AAAAAAAAPq4/BSEYngmcqmE/s1600/RickPerry.bmp

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Looks very cool in a Dukakis tank.

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moment can not be ignored by Rick Perry.