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"Captain Trips" was such a dated name for the flu in the book. Totally 1970s.


King should have changed this name by the 1990 reissue of the book. NOBODY after 1975 would make up a name like that. Back then everything was 'Captain' like 'Captain Fantastic', 'Captain Beyond' 'The Captain and Tennile' and 'Trips' is an obvious Hippie drug reference.

If they still call it 'Captain Trips' in the 2020 remake the show will lose a lot of credibility.

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Captain Trips is fine. There are still some Jerry Garcia (founder of the Grateful Dead) fans out there. The virus got around fast, so I think that's why the nickname stuck. Just my guess.

The song "Baby Can You Dig Your Man" would be really dated, though. The lyrics sounded pretty dated in the mid nineties.

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The song "Baby Can You Dig Your Man" would be really dated, though. The lyrics sounded pretty dated in the mid nineties.


I totally dig what you're saying, man.

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I dunno, I think "Baby Can You Dig Your Man" could still work in the new miniseries if they do the song in a contemporary style. The lyrics do come across as a dated 70's pop rock song, but it could also be the kind of thing you'd find in some 2010's indie pop garbage meant as an "ironic" hipster throwback.

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Yeah, I could see it as kind of an indy retro thing.

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I think the song itself was lame even when originally written..It was one of the weakest parts of the plot for me and shows SK should've gotten the advice of one of his song writing friends..

But then again, there's been some pretty crappy hit songs through every decade.

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"I think the song itself was lame even when originally written.."

My opinion exactly, Roxie. It sounded like a song that only a non-musician would think was "cool", (or is it "hip"?). And since King is said to have played some guitar and presumably knows music, there's no excuse for it.

It was a false note in an otherwise passable story.

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You obviously can’t dig your man.

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Heh, I certainly can't!

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He’s a righteous man!

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Yeah, see, that's why I didn't like it. King was so blatantly pandering to black tastes in music (of the time), that it was almost embarrassing. Bit like that Tarantino idiot in that interview where he tried to talk like a black man. Painful.

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That brown sound sure do get around

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It wasn't too bad in the 70s. But they ran out of ideas, and it didn't get around so much anymore. So they settled for hip-hop and rap. Pity.

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In a new addition call it the Blue Flu. Blue because it came from Project Blue, but also because it turns your face a deep, bruised purple (or blue), as well as the glands on your neck.

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"In a new addition call it the Blue Flu. "

Good idea, SF.

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I have mixed feelings about the 1989 "director's cut". I very much liked much the added material (especially the chapters detailing the pandemic and the aftermath), but I found the attempts to update a story with a very strong Seventies vibe to be clumsy. I've thought that King would have been better off leaving the story set in 1980 (call it an alternate Earth - very Dark Tower when you think about it) and just adding the additional material.

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