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Bob Dylan – "Love Sick" (Infamous 1998 Grammy Ceremony!)

I’m sick of love and I’m in the thick of it

A rocking, rasping performance of this great track at the 40th Grammy Awards back in February 25, 1998 when Bob collected the Album of the Year accolade for the wonderful ‘Time Out of Mind‘.

This features the infamous “Soy Bomb” stunt by consummate fuckwit, Michael Portnoy! You need proof that Dylan is the God of cool, just check his lack of reaction to the idiot!! Bob should have just brought his guitar right down on that mofo’s head! Keith Richards sure as hell would have, had it happened the Stones!!

For Dylan’s performance, Portnoy was hired by the Grammys to stand in the background with other dancers and move his head to the music to “give Bob a good vibe.” Instead, halfway through the performance, Portnoy ripped off his shirt, ran up next to Dylan, and started dancing and contorting spastically with the words “Soy Bomb” written boldly in black across his chest. Dylan just carried on playing. Portnoy continued to dance for about 40 seconds, making odd grimaces, his eyes often closed as if in a trance, until security realized he wasn’t part of the show and escorted him off-stage.

When questioned by reporters, Portnoy said “Soy… represents dense nutritional life. Bomb is, obviously, an explosive destructive force. So, soy bomb is what I think art should be: dense, transformational, explosive life” according to E! and that “he meant Soy Bomb as a ‘spontaneous explosion of the self’ to re-invigorate the currently bland music scene that exists.” He has also said that the phrase is a combination of Spanish and English, meaning “the bomb of ‘I am'”

The Grammy Awards chose not to press charges against Portnoy for the act, but did decline to pay Portnoy’s $200 fee for the dancing gig!

Many found the incident both strange and amusing, and the event was soon parodied on comedy television shows. It was the subject of skits on Saturday Night Live, where he was portrayed by Will Ferrell, and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2005, the band Eels featured the track “Whatever Happened to Soy Bomb” in reference to the incident on the double-disc album Blinking Lights and Other Revelations.

I’m walking through streets that are dead
Walking, walking with you in my head
My feet are so tired, my brain is so wired
And the clouds are weeping

Did I hear someone tell a lie?
Did I hear someone’s distant cry?
I spoke like a child; you destroyed me with a smile
While I was sleeping

I’m sick of love but I’m in the thick of it
This kind of love I’m so sick of it

I see, I see lovers in the meadow
I see, I see silhouettes in the window
I watch them ’til they’re gone and they leave me hanging on
To a shadow

I’m sick of love; I hear the clock tick
This kind of love; I’m love sick

Sometimes the silence can be like the thunder
Sometimes I wanna take to the road and plunder
Could you ever be true?
I think of you
And I wonder

I’m sick of love; I wish I’d never met you
I’m sick of love; I’m trying to forget you

Just don’t know what to do
I’d give anything to
Be with you

Copyright ©1997 Special Rider Music


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February 5, 2009 Posted by | Michael Portnoy, _BOB DYLAN, _COMEDY, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment