Political Animal


February 20, 2013 8:35 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

After all these years, this track still cracks me up: Kenny Rogers and the First Edition performing “Just Dropped In” on the Smothers Brothers show in either 1967 or 1968.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Gangis Khan on February 20, 2013 8:59 AM:

    For the strangest reason, I just got the image of Saddam Hussein handing me a pair of bowling shoes. Far out.

  • martin on February 20, 2013 9:15 AM:

    Psychedelic Baby. The Dude abides.

  • c u n d gulag on February 20, 2013 9:44 AM:

    I was just a kid, but I LOVED the SB Show!

    I'll never forget when they had The Who on! I was thankful my parent were out, and my cousin was babysitting me and my sister - my parents would have gone ballistic at The Who's destructive finish!

    Back in the early 70's, I remember Kenny Rogers was hawking guitar lesson books on daytime TV ads, on Matchgame, and Merv Griffin's and Mike Douglas's shows.

    And then, he made his great comeback!

  • Jeff S. on February 20, 2013 9:57 AM:

    I see the Little Lebowski urban achievers have beaten me here. Thanks for posting this, Ed! I didn't know the Coen's were working from such rich source material.

  • Tom S on February 20, 2013 10:24 AM:

    Ah, southern pseudo psychedelia! Bring on the real thing; 13th Floor Elevators (complete with electric jug), or the more laid back--but disturbing--Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra's "Some Velvet Morning."

  • scott_m on February 20, 2013 10:38 AM:

    gulag's parents would have gone ballistic over The Who on the Smothers Brothers show? I'd say Keith Moon had beat them to it.

    Years ago, I heard that Africa loves Kenny Rogers the way the French love Jerry Lewis. The speculation was that his songs fit in with the storytelling cultures there.

  • TomParmenter on February 20, 2013 12:18 PM:

    Speaking of "southern pseudo psychedelia", Kenny Rogers says the song was written for Jerry Lee Lewis.

  • CRA on February 20, 2013 4:01 PM:

    Complete with backwards guitar intro. Nothing "pseudo" about this psychedelia.

    My late grandmother was a big Kenny Rogers fan. On road trips she'd always play a K.R. "best of" compilation that featured this song. It sorta stuck out, there amidst "Ruby" and "The Gambler," and as an adolescent I remember really digging the lyrics before I fully understood.

  • MuddyLee on February 21, 2013 8:36 AM:

    At a friend's funeral a couple of years ago, the son spoke at graveside saying "I'll never forget how Dad would sing a fragment of some stupid song while unloading the dishwasher - just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.....I've never heard the whole song, I don't even know if it's a real song..." - and didn't we all love the Smothers Brothers? My mom would watch it with me every Sunday night - I guess she wanted to know what was on her son's teenaged mind.