January 1, 2020
Oh Dougie, you were too big for this world. Where are you now? Are you flying through the ether, looking down on us mortals, laughing from the belly about how silly we all are for crying over your passing? Or are you gone in a blink of an eye, only to live on in our memories?
Father, husband, friend, Franklin Douglas Fuller (November 5, 1962 – December 17, 2019) left us after a short six-month fight with brain cancer. He was the brightest of lights, that drew everyone to him who met him, and even those who had only heard of him wanted to know more. Whether you knew him as Doug, Toad, or even Ouchy the Clown, Doug was always present when he was with you. He made you feel special. He wanted everyone to have a good time, and he went out of his way to make certain that you were made to feel comfortable and welcome, while also pushing every limit you had. Of course Doug wouldn’t push any limit of yours that he hadn’t already pushed in himself, and found joy in. He was all about joy. Pure, unadulterated joy. He also walked the fine line of giving and not giving a fuck at the same time; all with a smile on his face, and a ready joke at the ready.
I asked Doug to serve papers on my ex-wife a few years back. I can honestly say it was the only time I have ever seen him nervous. He asked me if she was going to pull a knife on him? I think he should have worn clown makeup to the door. At the very least, a clown nose! Our daughters are friends, and his wonderful wife Candace is a close friend of my wife and mine. The memorial on December 30th at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland is what you think of when you imagine the way you want to be remembered. It was a who’s-who of the Bay Area prankster scene. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as speaker after speaker came up to say what all of us already knew in our hearts: Doug Fuller lived life to the Fullerest and can never be replaced.
Oh yes, Doug also curated an annual holiday music set. You really must listen in. Go to his page here and download the link. I believe there are links to all of his previously made music lists for you to enjoy.
Doug, this show is for you, my dear friend.
Hell’s Kitchen Radio with John Hell
Radio Valencia in SF
Iko Iko: Dr. John and The Meters (March 05, 1973 St Bernard Civic Center, Chalmette, LA)
***Paul’s Boutique Set***
Back in the USSR: The Beatles
When I’m 64: The Beatles
Walk From Regio’s: Issac Hayes
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band: The Beatles
My Philosophy: Boogie Down Production
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band (reprise): The Beatles
The End: The Beatles
Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved: James Brown
Don’t Sniff Coke: Pato Banton
Sounds of Science: Beastie Boys
Cold Coffee and Cocaine: Prince
There She Goes, My Beautiful World: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
You’re Dead: Norma Tanega
Damned to Obscurity: OBN IIIs
I’m Not An Animal: The Blind Shake
I Come From The Mountain: Thee Oh Sees
Feel: Ty Segall Band
Gloria: Patti Smith (January 06, 1976, Jazz Workshop, Boston, MA)
Marie Marie: The Blasters (April 26, 1980 Mabuhay Gradens, SF, CA)
Drink Up And Go Home: The Good Old Boys (February 21, 1975 Margarita’s Cantina, Santa Cruz, CA)
On A Plain: Nirvana (December 07, 1991, Rennes, France)
A Quick One, While He’s Away: The Who (Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus)
Buena Sera Seòrita: Van Morrison (August 8, 1971 The Lion’s Share – San Anselmo, California)
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong