Sordidness Tracker, Episode 47

June 16, 2015

You Must Remember This often contains wild tales from Hollywood’s colorful past, so much so that it can become difficult to keep track of all the sordid details while you listen to it and pretend to be working, parenting, paying attention to the road, etc.  Now, there’s help.  As you listen to Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Episode 4: Spahn Ranch and the Beatles’ White Album, this handy Sordidness Tracker will help you follow who was doing what to whom.

Manson compared to pillbug: Yes.

Manson’s handshake compared to dead trout: Also yes.

Creepy, black-and-white pictures of Spahn Ranch, courtesy of Getty Images: Here.

Ill-considered anti-Semitism: For someone who said he was related to/actually was a Jewish carpenter of some renown, really ill-considered.

LSD, usages: Orgy fuel, de facto communion wafers.

Nicknames given: Three (Squeaky, Scramblehead, Donkey).

Things you’ll get for following Charles Manson, allegedly: Wings.

Wings?  Like Red Bull wings: Yes.

Things you’ll get for following Charles Manson, actually: STDs, beaten up, threatened.

Does Karina Longworth imitate Charles Manson: No.  (She does imitate stuntman Gary Kent.)

Who does imitate Manson: Nate DiMeo, host of The Memory Palace podcast.

Houses named after Beatles songs: One.

The fine difference between “power move” and “totally insane”: Pondered.

Highly, highly tendentious and/or racist readings of White Album lyrics: And how.

Notable exception: “Sexy Sadie” is at least in the ballpark.

Underground city as refuge from predicted race war: Mentioned.

The high cost of apocalypse preparation: Also mentioned.

“Helter Skelter” prepping activities: Knife-throwing, water deprivation, auto-trading.

Also mentioned: Octogenarian proprietors, D-list oaters, Straight Satans.