Saturday Eye Candy: Last Man Out


On this day in 1973, the last U.S. soldiers left South Vietnam. Far from drawing the curtain on a bloody, confusing, politically murky conflict it was merely an intermission. Thousands of military personnel remain to this day as a stabilizing force between North and South Vietnam, a poignant reminder to take any statements of “mission accomplished” by the powers that be with a big grain of salt. We currently stand at a similar crossroads in history and it seemed like a good time to trot out one of the greatest cultural flares ever fired into the sky, Buffalo Springfield‘s “For What It’s Worth.”

There’s battle lines bein’ drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speakin’ their minds
Gettin’ so much resistance from behind
It’s time we stop
Hey, what’s that sound?
Everybody look, what’s goin’ down?

Here’s the mighty Buffalo performing at Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and in a TV appearance on The Hollywood Palace where they start the song then quickly dive into “Mr. Soul.” The intros to both clips are fantastic – Peter Tork of The Monkees gushes about them in Monterey and the Hollywood Palace host tries desperately to pretend he knows who these long hairs are during his intro.

Stranger still, here’s a bizarre interpretation from The Muppet Show. Finally, here’s Dutch band Moss knocking out a cool cover version at a Dutch radio station.

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