21 October 2006

I'm Strong ... I Can Kick

Thanks to Bubs over at Sprawling Ramshackle Compound, I got to once again experience this beautiful moment, something I haven’t seen since its original broadcast nearly twenty years ago.


“Late Night with David Letterman” (July 28, 1987)

My sister and I were watching Letterman together that night, and kept asking each other if it was real. And, yes, it was. Sublimely surreal.

Enjoy, kids.

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16 Comments:

At 10/21/2006 04:59:00 PM, Blogger Ben Heller said...

He reminds me of Garth.

 
At 10/21/2006 05:02:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

You'd look darling with that 'do, Ben.

 
At 10/21/2006 11:05:00 PM, Blogger haahnster said...

I absolutely and completely remember watching that on its original broadcast. BIZARRE!!!

I had much the same reaction you described: could that have been real?!!

Almost certainly the most surreally uncomfortable interview in TV history...

 
At 10/22/2006 03:00:00 AM, Blogger Bubs said...

I wish I were half as cool as Crispin Glover.

 
At 10/22/2006 05:17:00 AM, Blogger barista brat said...

"my cat can eat a whole watermelon."

that's what comes to mind when i see crispin glover in platform shoes.

 
At 10/22/2006 11:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember it well. Is this a Blogger's Woodstock? I was there, I remember it, I had those boots.

 
At 10/22/2006 11:29:00 AM, Blogger Dale said...

Hey, all of a sudden I'm anonymous? Things are worse than I thought. It's me, the stupid Bee, Dale.

 
At 10/22/2006 03:37:00 PM, Blogger landru said...

I saw this on the night. It remains the central image of Crispin Glover in my head.

 
At 10/22/2006 03:47:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

HAAHNSTER: If I remember correctly, the next few nights Dave joked about having Crispin killed.

BUBS: Go see What Is It?; you'll never think that again, Ann Arbor folks be damned.

BRAT: As Shakespeare proved, a classic, poetic line never goes stale.

DALE: The Passion of the Bee is never stupid. But I like the idea of the blogger's Woodstock. Or maybe all of us were nerds and inside that summer night many years ago ...

LANDRU: Then don't go see What Is It?; that's an image you'll not want returning to the memory banks.

 
At 10/22/2006 04:32:00 PM, Anonymous dayle said...

wow - i still have to wonder if he was being serious???

 
At 10/22/2006 04:35:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

As serious as tripping on acid allows you to be.

 
At 10/22/2006 05:09:00 PM, Blogger Johnny Yen said...

I was watching that night. I was talking to someone and was only half-watching until I saw the uncomfortable look on Dave's face, right before they cut to a commercial. I wondered where Crispin had gone and heard the full story the next day.

To this day, my college friend Garrett and I have that as a running joke-- in the middle of a social situation, one of us will suddenly use that line ("I'm strong-- I can kick!") Usually, people start moving away from us.

 
At 10/22/2006 08:13:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Yeah, CG is a weirdo. "What Is It?" truly freaked me out, and I will never think the same way about that boy again.

 
At 10/23/2006 09:13:00 AM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

Many have said my husband looks like CG. Lu will often quietly whisper when he is in the room "You're my density," and then giggle. Gratefully, he does not look like long-haired Crispin, nor does he act like trippin' Crispin. What a freakin' freaky dude. I am so curious about "What Is It?" I don't have time to go see it, or I would. It's like slowing down to see a wreck on the highway.

 
At 10/23/2006 01:56:00 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

His follow up was even stranger.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8t6Lb-nE24

 
At 10/24/2006 02:00:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

JOHNNY YEN: The move-awayers are just nerdy cowards.

DAN: That was a good idea of mine, wasn't it? I always know the fun things to do ...

TENACIOUS S: Then don't go see What Is It?. You'll never be able to have those "special moments" again. And you'll freak over snails.

JEREMY: Omigod; I forgot how uncomfortable this follow-up was; thanks for the link.

 

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