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Sherlock Holmes by the Dirtbombs

Sherlock Holmes by the Dirtbombs

The Dirtbombs are an American garage rock band formed by Mick Collins in Detroit, Michigan. As you will hear in their song, “Sherlock Holmes”, they create their own style of music with influences from punk rock and soul while featuring a dual bass guitar, dual drum and guitar lineup.

The single “Sherlock Holmes” was released in 2008.

Lyrics to Sherlock Holmes

Fog matters to you and me
But it can’t touch Sherlock Holmes
Dogs bark and he knows their breed
And knows where they went last night
Knows their masters, too
Oh baby, hold me tight

Just pretend I’m Sherlock Holmes
Spend the night with Sherlock Holmes
Hold me tight like Sherlock Holmes

Stay, don’t give me that same old act
I can call in Sherlock Holmes
He’ll want your biography
And pictures of you in lace
And satin looking great
Oh baby, hold me tight

Spend the night with Sherlock Holmes
Hold me tight like Sherlock Holmes
Just pretend I’m Sherlock Holmes

Do you want to have fun?
Do you want a good time?
Do you want me to laugh?
Do you want me to cry?

Do you want me to dance?
Do you want me to sing?
Do you want me to joke?
Should I be more like him?

I can dance like Sherlock Holmes
I can sing like Sherlock Holmes
But can’t be Sherlock Holmes

Songwriters: MAEL, RONALD D / MAEL, RUSSELL CRAIG

Sherlock Holmes Baritsu

Sherlock Holmes Baritsu

death of sherlock holmes

Amid the controversy that the new Sherlock Holmes movie depicts a character not in keeping with Sir Arthur Canon Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes, we look to Canon Doyle’s own words written in the Adventure of the Empty House. Here he has Holmes explain how he survived his great confrontation and battle with his nemesis, Professor Moriarty.

“When I reached the end I stood at bay. He drew no weapon, but he rushed at me and threw his long arms around me. He knew that his own game was up, and was only anxious to revenge himself upon me. We tottered together upon the brink of the fall. I have some knowledge, however, of baritsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling, which has more than once been very useful to me. I slipped through his grip, and he with a horrible scream kicked madly for a few seconds and clawed the air with both his hands. But for all his efforts he could not get his balance, and over he went. With my face over the brink I saw him fall for a long way. Then he struck a rock, bounced off, and splashed into the water.”

Although the spelling is slightly off, we know that Canon Doyle was referring to “bartitsu”, a form of self defense created by Edward William Barton-Wright.

Perhaps it is not so much that the new movie is not in keeping with Canon Doyle’s Holmes as it is that previous portrayals of the detective have down played his physical prowess and skill at the mixed martial art of bartitsu.

You can learn more about the history of Bartitsu: the Gentlemanly Art of Self Defense in this video created by the Bartitsu Society.

Sherlock Holmes Ornaments

Sherlock Holmes Ornaments

Sherlock Holmes Christmas Ornament
Sherlock Holmes Christmas Ornament

Look at this Sherlock Holmes Christmas ornament I found over at Café Press. I just love it!

I know it’s not in keeping with the 2009 images of Sherlock Holmes flooding the media right now in anticipation of the new movie’s release. But it is true to the historical figure created by Sir Arthur Canon Doyle. And as I’ve already stated, I am a long time fan of Sherlock Holmes so I find this depiction to my liking. I place it in the “traditional” category.

Café Press has many other Christmas ornaments celebrating Sherlock Holmes. Go ahead and check out the Sherlock Holmes ornaments for the Sherlock Holmes fan on your Christmas list…or for yourself!

Jude Law’s Early Sherlock Holmes Appearance

Jude Law’s Early Sherlock Holmes Appearance

sherlock holmes shoscombe place

I wonder if Jude Law ever thought back in 1991 when he played Joe Barnes in The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place that he would ever appear in another Sherlock Holmes work.

Here in San Diego, PBS broadcasts reruns of the Sherlock Holmes television series “The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes” starring Jeremy Brett. Last week they aired The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place which originally aired on March 7, 1991. This story is the last of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and is one of 12 stories in the cycle collected as The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes.

The story takes advantage of Watson’s love of gambling on horses to introduce the story’s characters. Holmes is approached by John Mason, a horse trainer who is worried about his employer’s recent strange behavior. His employer, Sir Robert Norberton, is under a lot of pressure to say the least. His estate, Shoscombe Hall, has come under the control of his sister’s brother-in-law, his creditors are going to ruin him if his prize horse, Shoscombe Prince, doesn’t win the Derby and his sister, Lady Beatrice, who kept him together body and soul with her own funds, has seemingly vanished following an argument with her brother, and Sir Robert has actually given away her favorite spaniel.

It is apparent to Holmes and Watson that Holmes and Watson that Sir Robert is hiding something. But leave it to this dynamic duo to figure out what is going on and to uncover the role that Joe Barnes/Jude Law plays in this mystery.