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Celebrated outsider songsmith Ivor Cutler lives again—in Colonel Sanders?
08.10.2015
09:32 am

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Well, here’s the WTF of the day, as far as I’m concerned: with the “Original Recipe” Colonel Sanders long having passed on to the great chicken coop in the sky, KFC has opted to do the Lazarus treatment, with the Colonel now being portrayed by ex-Saturday Night Live alum Darrell Hammond. Having seen its bottom line droop thanks to an injection of competition from relative upstarts like Chik-Fil-A, KFC has changed its tack with an aggressive campaign intended to be evocative of KFC of days past (back when it was “Kentucky Fried Chicken”, prompting the scale-down to “KFC” to make many wonder if chicken was indeed in the, uh, chicken), with the resurrected Colonel strolling around with mandolin bands, singing, talking, folksier and friendlier than ever (albeit doused in a somewhat creepy vibe akin to some of those Burger King ads of late featuring the omnipresent grinning King).

That’s not quite the “WTF,” though, listen closely and the commercial below clearly lifts the song “A Doughnut in My Hand” by Glaswegian poet/singer/outsider Ivor Cutler, only with the crucual replacement of “doughnut” with “bucket.” Is Kevin Ayers’ reincarnation in the Drop the Chalupa dog all but inevitable?
 

 
Cutler, who passed away in 2006, was a bona fide treasure, an odd and eccentric poet and songwriter who started doing voiceovers on UK TV, then was spotted by Paul McCartney and drafted into the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour film to portray bus conductor Buster Bloodvessel.

Here’s the original song “Doughnut in My Hand” so that you may make the comparison for yourself:
 

 
Collaborating with Robert Wyatt found Cutler being offered a deal on Virgin Records, then recording a slew of LPs, minimally accompanying himself on harmonium and over time carving himself a spot as a true outsider in popular culture and celebrated amongst the UK underground. The 1980s saw Cutler signed to the Rough Trade label, and “Doughnut In My Hand” comes from an especially great 1983 collection called Privilege, on which he collaborated with Linda Hirst. “Women of the World” from that album was a minor hit around that time, and a cover of that song by Jim O’Rourke found itself snatched up for a TV ad in the late ‘90s. There’s a nice Guardian piece of the life of Cutler here.
 

 
An amusing clip of Col. Sanders filming a commercial after the jump…..
 

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Cheerfully INSANE 1967 Kentucky Fried Chicken TV commercials
08.06.2013
07:51 am

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Nothing says savory, fried chicken goodness quite like a forced interrogation of Colonel Sanders, right? At least that’s what some Don Draper convinced the KFC chain’s founder for this pretty out there TV spot: Associate your food with paranoia!
 

 
Good thing they passed up on water-boarding him, they’d have probably gotten the Colonel’s secret recipe out of him, pronto.

And then there’s this one, does anything say “Relax, take it easy and serve the family some fried chicken tonight!” quite like air raid sirens and a finger beckoning you to get into a manhole that opens up in your kitchen? I didn’t think so.
 

 
More weird old KFC spots after the jump…

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Don’t you hate when this happens? HUGE KFC bucket pops up on woman’s front yard
07.29.2013
01:05 pm

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Georgia’s NBC-affiliated television station WAGT gets to the bottom of a mysterious 7-foot tall KFC bucket that showed up on Aleena Headrick’s front yard. 

“When I was driving by, I saw this giant Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket in my yard, and I thought for sure that I was hallucinating, so I called my teenagers who were at home and had them go outside,” said Headrick.
 

 

 

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Colonel Sanders Sneaks Into UN to Pose For “Official” Photo
10.29.2009
12:58 pm

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Representing the probably fictional “Grilled Nation,” and lobbying for its recognition as a member state, this Harland Sanders doppelganger slipped into the UN yesterday and posed for a series of photos:

Dressed in the fast food icon’s familiar white suit and black bow tie, the actor evaded tight security to gain access to the restricted areas of the complex.  He even posed for a photograph with Ali Treki, the new president of the UN General Assembly, before the alarm was raised and he was ejected.  A spokeswoman for Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, yesterday said that an investigation had been launched into the security breach, which was dreamed up by KFC as a promotional stunt.  “It should not have happened ?

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Abandoned KFC Now Sells Medical Marijuana
08.28.2009
11:27 am

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I drove past this place the other day and wondered “Could it be?” It can!

There has been an abandoned Kentucky Fried Chicken in Palms, slumping sadly these past few months on the corner of Exposition Blvd. and Hughes Ave. What, locals wondered, would replace it? A new burger joint? A Peruvian rotisserie chicken stand? It turns out that the KFC has been replaced by… a KFC. In this instance, though, the KFC stands for “Kind For Cures”, and while they do sell things that are edible, you can’t buy them, or even ask about them, without a prescription.
New KFC Opens In Palms? Sort of…(Instead of Fried Chicken, They Sell Marijuana)

Thank you Wilson Smith!

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