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Gerry Rafferty, Dead at 63

From MTV Dot Com

Gerry Rafferty, the singer/songwriter behind smooth ’70s hits like “Stuck in the Middle With You,” “Right Down the Line” and “Baker Street” died Tuesday (January 4, 2011). He was 63.

Born in Scotland, Rafferty busked on the streets of Glasgow and formed a folk group called the Humblebums with Billy Connolly, who would go on to become a renowned stand-up comedian and actor. After releasing a pair of albums with the band, Rafferty released a solo record and then formed Stealers Wheel, who scored Stateside success in 1972 — they were viewed as the British Invasion’s answer to Crosby, Stills Nash & Young — with their debut album and, of course, the song “Stuck in the Middle With You, which would achieve additional notoriety when it was prominently featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs some two decades later.

Rafferty would move on from Stealers Wheel and find success as a solo artist with 1978’s City to City, which featured “Right Down the Line” and “Baker Street, which features one of the most legendary saxophone solos in music history and has since been covered by everyone from Waylon Jennings to the Foo Fighters.

His follow-up, 1979’s Night Owl, featured appearances from Richard and Linda Thompson and was a moderate success, though each of his subsequent albums fared poorly on the charts, due in no small part to Rafferty’s reluctance to perform live. He continued to release albums into the 2000s, but for the most part, he disappeared from the public eye, and his later years were marked by a series of reports that suggested he was battling alcoholism. Last month, Rafferty reportedly suffered kidney failure and was placed on life support in an English hospital. U.K. newspaper The Guardian reported that he died at his home in Dorset with his daughter Martha by his side.

Cheeseburger of the Gods Available at Royale on Avenue C

Behold! The Royale With Cheese!

A few nights ago, I went out to grab a burger with my friend Ike (not his real name). Since we were practically starving for delicious burger meat, and because it’s so close to where I live, we decided to hit up Royale Bar on Avenue C near 10th Street. Ike and I sat outdoors on the covered patio, because it was still kind of warmish out (though they have heat lamps for when it gets colder, which will be any second now) and sipped a couple of thirst quenching, half-priced alcoholic beverages, because it was still Happy Hour. When our friendly waitress arrived to take our order we both chose Royale’s signature cheeseburger, the Royale with Cheese. If you’ve seen Quentin Tarrantino’s cinematic masterpiece, Pulp Fiction, you will know that “Royale with Cheese” is an inside joke, about what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese at McDonalds in France, that is shared between two characters in that film. Trivia!

At any rate, when our burgers arrived, we were not disappointed. The Royale with Cheese is a very juicy and flavorful burger topped with all of the good things from the garden that you want on a burger. The bun is also delicious. I think it costs about $7.50, not bad for a quality burger. I will be going back again.

Movie of The Month: GrindHouse!

Grindhouse movie poster

Top Ten Awesome Reasons to Love Grindhouse

1. Rose McGowan. I am so gay for Rose McGowan after seeing her in this movie.

2. Freddy Rodriguez. You loved him in Six Feet Under. Now fall in love all over again.

3. Jeff Fahey! Oh my god, when was the last time you saw Jeff Fahey in a movie? I think it was in The Lawn Mower Man about a gazillion years ago. Watch Grindhouse do for Jeff Fahey’s career what Pulp Fiction did for John Travolta.

4. Bruce Willis: I even love Bruce Willis in this movie.

5. Four Words: The Crazy Babysitter Twins.

6. Trailer for Don’t!

7. Trailer for Thanksgiving!

8. Machete: “If you hire him to kill the bad guys, you had better make sure you’re not one of them.”

9. Four Words: Hypodermic Needle Garter Belt.

10. Kurt Russell as Stunt Man Mike! I think the first time I saw Kurt Russell in a film was when I was five years old and my parents took us to see Walt Disney’s The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. Forty years later, Kurt is still kicking big screen ass. Now that’s career longevity!