Saturday, January 20, 2018

New Dukes Stuff - 1/19/2018 - One Of A Kind Item, Raincoat, Green Vinyl, Bo & Luke Beer Bottle, BTTF Hoverboard

I am committed to not letting new items pile up without being blogged like I did in late 2017.  With that in mind it's time to look at the newest items in 2018.  Here we go.

First up is a super rare red interior Raincoat.  Back in 2013 I added the blue interior version to the collection.  In the formidable days of this blog I was throwing around the word "holy grail" a little too often, denoting several items with the moniker.  I've come across so many super rare items since, particularly the mythical swimming pool, that I don't use the term as much.   This is a incredibly scarce item, and harder to find than the blue interior version, but I can't use holy grail when I describe it.  It's close, but not quite.  It is a little wrinkled, but maybe I can get the vinyl flat again.  The only differences from the blue one is, obviously, the red interior, and the stitching, which is red on this one.

The graphics are the same on both.  I've had my eye out for a red variant for a while and was really excited to add this to the collection.  It is in very good condition with no tears or holes.  The wrinkling is the only issue and I think I can fix that.  I'm surprised there wasn't a Golden Era Dukes umbrella to go along with the raincoat.

Swellwear made both versions of the raincoat.  Even the tag is wrinkled.  I've    got my work cut out for me to bring this little bugger back to mint.

I can't pass up a bargain.  Even when I already have an item, if I see it for a ridiculous price, I gotta get it.  This 12 inch Figures Inc. Cooter figure was yelling at me from ebay that he really wanted to become part of the collection.  I couldn't say no.  He was only a few bucks with shipping.  I couldn't leave him out there in the cold.  Even though I already have the figure as well as all the Figures Inc Dukes line, I bought this package-less Cooter to keep watch of my collection when I wasn't there.  So far he's done a bang up job.  I also hired him to help show off some items.  He's excited about the opportunity.

I put him right to work.  Cooter is showing off a weird green vinyl version of Waylon's 45 single Theme From The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys).  Good job Cooter.

I have no idea why it's green.  Both the vinyl and the label are Kermit-colored.

The flip side has Mr. Jennings' It's Alright on it.  The standard 45 has the same combination of songs.

Underneath RCA's lovable mascot Nipper, the record is marked NOT FOR SALE.  About 37 years after that statement was printed, someone broke the rules and sold it to me.  Nipper is going to be mad!  There is also intro and fade information on there which tells me this was a radio station copy.  Maybe it was printed green so it stood out to coerce the DJ to play it more.  It's a cool, different version of the greatest theme song in TV history.

Next up is a non-Dukes related item.  Jeffrey got me this and the next few items for Christmas.  It's a 1:5 scale replica of the legendary Back To The Future Hoverboard!

This thing is so cool it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.  It was created for Loot Crate by Quantum Mechanix.

It has a cool little mirror display and clear stands that give it an appearance of hovering.

Everything looks perfect with the design, except it doesn't have the Mattel logo on it.  Funny how other toy makers make replicas of a fictional Mattel toy.  That's the world we live in.

Cooter had to take it for a spin!  Where he's going, he doesn't need roads!

Jeff also got me a General Lee pin.  Though I recently added one to the collection, these are the kind of items you can't have enough of.  Cooter approves.

The final item Jeff gifted to me is this unique beer bottle.  Yup, that's the General Lee on the bottom of this "Bo and Luke" brand of brew.  It's much larger than a standard bottle, originally holding 24 ounces.

I don't know much at all about craft beers but I did a little research about this one.  Against the Grain Brewery is based in Louisville, KY and brew a special batch of this bourbon inspired beer each year. The moonshine theme lead them to likening it to the Dukes and the name and bottle artwork were born.

They reference the theme song while describing the beverage.

The information about the brewery is on the opposite side of the bottle.

I found a full image of the label on ATG's website.  Though the General Lee is bald, they did a nice job capturing our favorite car's features.  The characters on the label seem to be sort of mascots for Against the Grain.  Reading on their site, Bo and Luke is one of their prized creations and is only sold once a year and is highly sought after.  I've seen the image above before but wasn't really aware of the product.  I'm glad Jeff tracked down this item and I'm going to see what else from ATG I can add to the collection.  Thanks for the great stuff Jeffro!

You may remember some time ago when I added this cast and crew belt buckle to the collection.  These buckles are individually numbered and personalized to the cast or crew member.  Mine is number 186 and personalized to Don.  I have yet to figure out which of many Dons that worked on the show this belonged to.  I told Cooter it was too big for him, but he wanted to put it on anyway.

I recently added an item to the collection that is related to that belt buckle and is one of a kind.

At first, Cooter had no idea what the item was.  I explained it to him, let me explain it to you.

This incredible item is the original mold that was used to create those cast and crew belt buckles!  This is a piece of Dukes of Hazzard history!  The mold even comes with the original cast proof buckle!  I can't believe I now own this amazing item!

The mold is in two parts that can be pressed together.  The halves are made of a rubber compound.  They were hand crafted and have so much detail.  The image is reversed on the mold.  I'd say this is one of the only items that has a 10 on the Gen'ral that is legit.

The back has an area for the cast and crew impression.  It also has holes that formed the buckle catch and the part that connected to the belt.

The proof came with the mold.  It is the first buckle that was created.  It still has the rod attached to it that would have been removed from the 200 actual buckles that were given out.  All of the details of the mold are captured on the proof as well as the buckles.  There is no name inscribed on the bottom.

The back of the proof has the catch as well as the attachment that has not been bent down.

The personalization area has the writing "For The Cast & Crew of The Dukes Of Hazzard" and a ___/200 on it.  Obviously the proof wasn't numbered.

Here are closer shots of the inside of the mold to see the detail better.

Cooter wanted to show off both Don's buckle and the proof.

Here is a comparison shot of the two.  Besides the debris on Don's buckle, they look identical.  There is no question my mold was used to make all the buckles.

Everything about them is the same.  Don's buckle has been bent around the belt attachment.  The proof is still as it was when it came out of the mold.

If you look very closely at Don's buckle, you can see the imperfection where the rod was removed.  You can tell it was sanded right after the rod was taken off.

This is a remarkable piece.  I was incredibly happy when I got Don's buckle, but now that I have the mold that made all 200 cast and crew buckles, I'm ecstatic.  It came to the collection by way of the original belt buckle maker's best friend's granddaughter.  She felt it would be more appreciated in my collection than in her shed.  She told me she got it from her grandfather's pal when she was young because she was a fan of the show.  I'm really grateful she found me and let me add it to the collection.  This one of a kind piece is just plain amazing.

Cooter approves of cast and crew belt buckle mold and proof.  My dad made a good joke when I showed him these pictures.  We're glad they didn't"throw away the mold" when they made these belt buckles.  I think maybe Ol' Cooter will help me show off more items in the next few blog posts I write.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dukes of Hazzard References in Music Videos - Barenaked Ladies, Kid Rock, Mark Wills, Bloodhound Gang & More

Remember music videos?  If your reading a blog about the Dukes of Hazzard, you probably remember them, or at least know what they are.  The music video was so important in the '80s and '90s.  It's weird that they aren't as popular now since all everyone seems to do is watch short videos and listen to music on their phones.  Sure there are some good modern music videos that make a splash now and then, but there haven't been any important music videos since the TRL days.  In this post I'm going to look at a couple music videos that featured Dukes of Hazzard references.  Sounds like fun.  

Right at the beginning of the Silver Era of the Dukes of Hazzard, when TNN had only been showing the reruns for about a year and the reunion movie had just aired, before all the great Silver Era merchandise had become available, the Canadian rock band, Barenaked Ladies released the super catchy song One Week in 1998.  At that time, every major pop song had a music video that came out with the song.  MTV actually played music videos and so did a channel called the Box. The Box was unlike anything I had ever seen before or since.  You could call the 1-800 number (or was it a 1-900 number?) and request a music video, for a few bucks.  It would play basically immediately.  You could even see the caller's choice being punched in.  It was a big deal for this high school kid.  The station was on 24/7 and I think it was nationwide.  I remember hearing that MTV bought it when it went away but that was early internet days so who knows.  I'm sure I could google it and find out more info, but let's get back to Barenaked Ladies.  Their first hit, One Week, made all kind of pop culture references in the lyrics including X-Files, Sailor Moon, Leann Rimes, and Aquaman, none of which were featured in the video.  What was featured in the video was the General Lee!  Almost.

After the band escapes(?) a weird baroque party, they run outside, hood slide across the Starsky and Hutch Ford and jump in to an orange '68 Dodge Charger with an 07 on the doors. 

Oh yeah, and they drive both cars around the Warner Bros Anytown backlot! Yup, that's Hazzard County!  The album was released by WB Music and shot at WB Studio, so I'm not sure why they didn't use an actual General Lee.  You can see it's a '68 Charger by the taillights.  There is also no pushbar on the front.

And no flag on the roof.  The video is directed by McG.  McG was an executive producer on two of my other favorite TV shows, The O.C. and Chuck.  I'll admit it might surprise people that I love The O.C. but the first two seasons were great.  The third was horrible and I never watched the fourth, but I loved it in the beginning.  Chuck is a top five show for me and there was even a General Lee in one episode.  I can't find any info on the car used in the One Week video online.  Does anyone out there know anything about it?  Contact me if you do please.

If the song still isn't stuck in your head, click on the link below to check out the complete music video on youtube.  It's guaranteed to get stuck in your head for at least a week (One Week) after you watch the video.

We all know Kid Rock loves the Dukes.  He owns a General Lee and was in the news talking about the flag a few years ago.  One of his biggest hits was a duet with Sheryl Crow called Picture.  It's another song the gets stuck deep in your head, and won't get out.  In the video for that song, there is a 1/18 diecast General Lee in the recording studio where Kid and Sheryl are singing.  You can see it a few times in the video, but the above shot features all three stars.

Here's an odd one.  The BloodHound Hang is a punk rock band from Pennsylvania.  They released a song called Fire Water Burn in 1996.  My buddy Brett was into the song when we were in high school and he would request it often on the Box while I was at his house in between watching wrestling, playing wrestling video games, and actually wrestling with each other.  (We were really into wrestling.)  It's hard to notice, but one of the band members is sporting a Rosco P. Coltrane t-shirt in the video.  I remember being very excited when I spotted that shirt.  1996 was the tail end of the Dukes dark ages and I loved seeing anything Dukes on TV.  The lead singer wore a JR from Dallas T-Shirt.  I wonder if the band was making fun of old TV shows or were really fans.  Who can tell.  The song isn't as classic as One Week or Picture, but the remake of The Roof Is On Fire is sure to get stuck in you head.  Follow the link below at your own risk.

A year after Picture was released, a country song by Mark Wills called 19 Something took Dukes love to the next level.  The song is all about growing up the '70s and '80s.  It mentions everything from Pac-Man to Stretch Armstrong to MTV.  One line says "My first love was Daisy Duke, and those cut off jeans."  A line in a song is great, a music video that is basically dedicated to the General Lee is awesome.  Mark's video starts off with the General Lee driving in to a drive-in theater and blowing the Dixie horn.

He climbs out of the window and the Gen'ral is seen is nearly every shot of the video.

The song and the video are love letters to an era gone by.  I was really excited when the song came out because so many people were singing about Daisy Duke.  This video came out after The Box went away but TNN and CMT showed it quite often in between airings of the Dukes.

Smokey and the Bandit got a little love in the video, but not as much as the Dukes.

Of course there is the video that Jessica Simpson released for her version of These Boots Are Made For Walkin' that accompanied the release of the 2005 movie.  The video features Jessica as her version of Daisy with the General Lee and in the Boar's Nest, but it ticks you off right at the start.  She drives up in the Gen'ral and gets out by opening the door!  Come on!  Didn't anyone in the production staff of this video have at least a little bit of Dukes knowledge?!?  The video ends with Jessica washing the General Lee in a bikini and I didn't include any screenshots because this is a family blog.

The Dukes of Hazzard has been intertwined with the music industry since the start thanks to Waylon Jennings.  There are countless examples of Dukes related moments in music like John's and Tom's music career and well as Ben's albums and of course the Dukes of Hazzard Official Soundtrack.  As far as Dukes in music videos, I can't really think of others.  There are several songs and videos that reference the Dukes like the updated Good Ol' Boys music video that is an extra feature on the series DVDs but I'm thinking about mainstream videos that were played on MTV, the Box, CMT, or TNN.  Can anyone else think of anything I'm missing?  If you know of any I will update this post with the new info.  And I would really like to know if anyone knows anything about the 07 General Lee wanna be in the One Week video by the Barenaked Ladies. That's a story that deserves to be told. 


Friend of the blog Jason Parmeter reminded me of an Eminem video that made fun of a lot of things.  One of those things was Jessica Simpson.  The video has a not so look a like dancing in front of a General Lee.  I noticed the license plate says REALLEE and went to the knowledge base of all things screen used General Lee Justin Cornette and his great site  Justin confirmed that this is none other that WGL 76, a screen used Gen'ral that was also used as the close up car for the AutoTrader commercial.  This car has been on the original show, in music videos, and on commercials!  Very cool.  Thanks for the help Jason and Justin.  Can anyone think of any other music videos with Dukes references?