Shoes Made Out of Alligator Hide

Two years before John Belushi fatally succumbed to drugs, he teamed up with Dan Aykroyd for The Blues Brothers, an undeniable comedy classic.  Together, Belushi and Aykroyd formed one of the better comedic duos of our time, arguably up there alongside the likes of Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello.  When Belushi passed away in 1982, everyone thought that the Blues Brothers had gone along with him.  Resurrecting the Brothers without him seemed like sacrilege; well, not to Aykroyd and director John Landis, who both felt it was a good idea to modernize the characters eighteen years after the fact.  The result Blues Brothers 2000 ended up being a lazy, unfunny, and rather insulting regurgitation of the 1980 flick.  To compensate for Belushi’s absence, they came up with a plot that found Aykroyd reconnecting with old friends, played by John Goodman and Joe Morton.

The now-brotherless Ellwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) is finally out of prison, attempting to reunite the old band and find a few new partners in crime (John Goodman).  In this sequel to the original Blues Brothers comedy/musical, Ellwood battles the Chicago police, sings and dances his way out of numerous sticky situations, and manages to get the old band on the road for a hair-raising adventure.  A disappointed Roger Ebert said that this film “has a lot of good music in it. It would have had more if they’d left out the story, which would have been an excellent idea.  The film is lame comedy surrounded by high-energy blues (and some pop, rock and country music).”  ‘I’m Looking for A Fox’ is sung by John Goodman & Dan Aykroyd and it is in the movie and it was written by Clarence George Carter, Marcus Lewis Daniel, Rick Hall and Wilbur Terrell.

I’m all alone and fancy free
But that ain’t the way I want to be
Now girls get your game up tight
We’re gonna have a wing, ding doodle tonight
But right now
I’m looking for a fox
I’m looking for a fox
I’m looking for a fox
(howl)
Tonight the skys the limit
I got some money and I want to spend it
It’s Saturday night and I want to play
I’m gonna groove til the break of day
Now look a here
I’m looking for a fox
I’m looking for a fox
I’m looking for a fox
(howl)
Got a brand new pin stripe suit of clothes
Big wide polka-dot tie
Cuff links as big as J-bird Eggs
And look at that shoes made out of Alligator hide
Well say something else here
I’m ripe and ready and hot to trot
(Boy you on Fire)
Girl you can get everything I got
(He’ll take it too)
I got got the money if got the time
(we open all night)
All you gotta do is gimme a sign
Lookee hear
I’m looking for a fox
I’m looking for a fox
I’m looking for a fox
(howl)
I’m looking for a fox
I’m looking for a fox
I’m looking for a fox
(howl)
I’m looking for a fox
I’m looking for a fox
I’m looking for a fox
(howl)
You know something Mac? You Can Sing man
Lookin for a fox
Lookin for a fox (I’m on fire)
Lookin for a fox (call out the dogs)
Lookin for a fox (I hope you find one)

I wish the prompt was not “fox”, although I love the Jimi Hendrix song ‘Foxy Lady’, as I would have rather featured this song ‘How Blue Can You Get?’ from the movie that included so much talent on the same stage at the same time that it could have destroyed the earth and ruptured the very fabric of the universe.  The Louisiana Gator Boys are up against The Blues Brothers in a battle of the bands and they are made up of B.B. King, Jeff Baxter, Gary U.S. Bonds, Eric Clapton, Clarence Clemons, Jacques de Johnette, Bo Diddley, Jon Faddis, Isaac Hayes, Dr. John, Tommy McDonnell, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Preston, Lou Rawls, Joshua Redman, Koko Taylor, Travis Tritt, Jimmie Vaughan, Willie Weeks, Steve Winwood, and Grover Washington Jr.

Written for Paula’s Thursday Inspiration 43 where this week’s theme is fox.

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