Animal Music Monday: Dead Skunk In The Middle of the Road
Posted by Richard Conniff on July 18, 2016
Loudon Wainwright III is said to have written this absurdist little country tune by accident, in 15 minutes. He later mock-boasted that it made it to number one on the hit parade for six weeks in Little Rock, Arkansas, “and only very intelligent people live in Little Rock.” It became his biggest hit, reaching number 16 on the Top 100 nationwide in 1973.
People still have a fond place for it in their redneck olfactories. A radio station in Quincy, Illinois, has played it every Friday night at 9 p.m. since 1985, as a clarion call to weekend nonsense. The stadium where Georgia Tech plays baseball plays it at the seventh inning stretch, because “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is just too sentimental.