Brocket 99: Over 23 years and still notorious

BrocketWhile certainly not the pride of Lethbridge (quite the opposite), Brocket 99 is one of those enigmas that started as an inside joke and ended up being an underground phenomenon. If you’re from Southern Alberta, or have spent any good amount of time here, you’ve probably heard of a phony native radio station called Brocket 99.

But before I continue, I’d like to add a caveat to this article. I don’t agree with its portrayal of our aboriginal community, and only offer this as an insight into a subject unfamiliar to many. For years I’ve heard mention of Brocket 99, but had never been exposed to it. That is until a few weeks ago, when my curiousity finally led me to downloading (discretion advised), listening and learning more about it.

Lethbridge is a multi-cultural community with a flourishing population of First Nations people, many from surrounding reserves in Southern Alberta. Brocket is a small town on the Piikani Nation Reserve, located roughly 70KM west of Lethbridge on Highway 3 (between Pincher Creek and Fort Macleod). Brocket 99 is a fake, satirical FM radio station (that broadcasts in mono) set upon this reserve.

There are many stories as to the origins of this recording. Some say it was a group of university radio students, expelled for trying to sell the tape in the U of L bookstore. More popular is the rumour of it being our local celebrity and former radio DJ, Mark Campbell. Mark, being interviewed on the Michael Anthony Show, was quoted as saying:

The tape sounded an awful lot like me so the people in Southern Alberta who had heard me, and they had only heard me because I was just here longer than anyone else because I never left. So people would automatically assume. (They would say) ‘Hey that tape there. That racy native tape. That’s Mark Campbell.’

Although Mark flat out denies any involvement in the production, it seems he does have some knowledge of those involved. In particular is one fellow who goes by the name of “Ernie Scar,” the main host for Brocket 99.

Back in 1986, a cassette tape of a fake radio show called “AIDS Radio” fell upon the ears of Ernie, a local DJ. A spoof of a gay radio station, it featured characters with names like “Hugh Jardon.” The tape provided inspiration for Brocket 99, a show hosted by “indians” that parodied the stereotypes of our aboriginal population, and radio stations in general.

A few copies of the 45-minute cassette were made for friends, who made copies for their friends. Going viral, it became notorious for being offensive and politically-incorrect. Even condemned as racist material, the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission once sought the public to come forward any information.

In an interview with Ernie Scar, he disputed its roots in racism and questioned the show’s popularity:

This is actually quite absurd, and to a degree even distressing that someone can be considered a star over an underground, infantile, profane gag.

Yet the tape still continued to surface over the years. Fast-forward to 2009 and it’s still talked about. There are even two documentaries – one produced in 2007 and the other in-development. The latter features Ernie Scar himself. But unfortunately, I was unable to get a hold of either. My hopes are that they do become publicly available, since there is a lot of insight to be gleaned from the people interviewed.

The question remains of why this thing has not died out yet? Is there some relevance to this day that keeps it going, and what is it? Or is it just entertainment, appealing to some sub-culture of Lethbridge?

So there’s a little background to Brocket 99 – I’ll leave you to formulate your own opinion on this subject. Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are.

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76 thoughts on “Brocket 99: Over 23 years and still notorious”

  1. Unfortunately Kim Siever has edited out any real information on Brocket 99 and instead this wikipedia article has become the Nilesh Patel Show. Anyway, there is tons of information including interviews with the creators and so on at brocket99.net. Siever, despite his possible intentions, ignores real sources of Brocket 99 articles and interviews found on http://brocket99.net

    Brocket 99 is one of these classic pieces of Canadiana up there with the Trailer Park Boys, Rita McNeil, and various Canadian bands to make it big.

    People from all over Canada and the United States make and have made pilgrimages to Brocket, Alberta because of this audio recording. Brocket 99 has actually put Brocket, Alberta on the map.

    I have made many trips there even though I am originally from South Korea. It is an amazing place and has the cheapest gas in Alberta. I have always been treated with respect during my visits there and have found the landscape and the people breathtaking.

    Kang Chul-su
    South Korea/Canada

  2. Unfortunately Kim Siever has edited out any real information on Brocket 99 and instead this wikipedia article has become the Nilesh Patel Show. Anyway, there is tons of information including interviews with the creators and so on at brocket99.net. Siever, despite his possible intentions, ignores real sources of Brocket 99 articles and interviews found on http://brocket99.net

    Brocket 99 is one of these classic pieces of Canadiana up there with the Trailer Park Boys, Rita McNeil, and various Canadian bands to make it big.

    People from all over Canada and the United States make and have made pilgrimages to Brocket, Alberta because of this audio recording. Brocket 99 has actually put Brocket, Alberta on the map.

    I have made many trips there even though I am originally from South Korea. It is an amazing place and has the cheapest gas in Alberta. I have always been treated with respect during my visits there and have found the landscape and the people breathtaking.

    Kang Chul-su
    South Korea/Canada

  3. http://Brocket 99.net can be considered a reliable site as they have interviewed Ernie Scar, have officially published Brocket 99 in digital form, and have done some major research on the topic of Brocket 99.

    a) Have you ever listened to any of the interviews or the spin-offs?

    b) Have you ever emailed brocket99.net?

    c) Seriously the information that you know is what people knew circa 1991. Do you now believe in the advancement of knowledge

    d) What is your morbid fascination with Nilesh Patel and his film?

    e) Is not an audio interview not considered valid and reliable information?

    I understand that sources need to be verified, but it seems you are willing only to edit the information and not not add to it, nor validate what mostly everyone else is writing.

    How can you possibly claim that Nilsh Patel’s film is reliable information? Have you seen the film? But then in the same breath the audio cds on Brocket99.net are not(in your opinion) reliable information??? WTF is all I can say.

    As if Nilesh’s film is so impartial and actually gives any useful information.

  4. http://Brocket 99.net can be considered a reliable site as they have interviewed Ernie Scar, have officially published Brocket 99 in digital form, and have done some major research on the topic of Brocket 99.

    a) Have you ever listened to any of the interviews or the spin-offs?

    b) Have you ever emailed brocket99.net?

    c) Seriously the information that you know is what people knew circa 1991. Do you now believe in the advancement of knowledge

    d) What is your morbid fascination with Nilesh Patel and his film?

    e) Is not an audio interview not considered valid and reliable information?

    I understand that sources need to be verified, but it seems you are willing only to edit the information and not not add to it, nor validate what mostly everyone else is writing.

    How can you possibly claim that Nilsh Patel’s film is reliable information? Have you seen the film? But then in the same breath the audio cds on Brocket99.net are not(in your opinion) reliable information??? WTF is all I can say.

    As if Nilesh’s film is so impartial and actually gives any useful information.

  5. Check through the article’s history. I have added a lot of content. Brocket99.net is not reliable. It is a primary source and Wikipedia requires secondary sources. Nilesh’s film is not used as a source in the article since it too is a primary source.

  6. Check through the article’s history. I have added a lot of content. Brocket99.net is not reliable. It is a primary source and Wikipedia requires secondary sources. Nilesh’s film is not used as a source in the article since it too is a primary source.

  7. Michael Anthony’s interview and the Brocket 99 recordings themselves were discussed and then Michael Anthony was interviewed on the Don and Mike Show(a nationally syndicated Radio Show). If that is not secondary sources then what is. Also there are numerous Brocket 99 sites and related sites that discuss these recordings, and interviews. Also on top of that, the Vancouver Sun, the Edmonton Sun, the Toronto Sun did an article discussing Nilesh Patel’s film and Michael Anthony’s site and of course B99, which is also a secondary source.

    I do think you are overlooking relevant information or at least not looking deep enough into the material. Just do a search for Brocket 99 on Google and go over brocket99.net, and read some of the old articles on the Lethbridge Newspaper about Brocket 99, and finally buy or download the Collection of Brocket 99. You’ll see there is a larger Brocket 99 world and places that can be sited.

    You seem to know about the format Wikipedia wants so why not put some time into it and site this information instead of reverting to a page that is clearly only about Nilesh Patel and info we knew back in the early 1990’s.

  8. Michael Anthony’s interview and the Brocket 99 recordings themselves were discussed and then Michael Anthony was interviewed on the Don and Mike Show(a nationally syndicated Radio Show). If that is not secondary sources then what is. Also there are numerous Brocket 99 sites and related sites that discuss these recordings, and interviews. Also on top of that, the Vancouver Sun, the Edmonton Sun, the Toronto Sun did an article discussing Nilesh Patel’s film and Michael Anthony’s site and of course B99, which is also a secondary source.

    I do think you are overlooking relevant information or at least not looking deep enough into the material. Just do a search for Brocket 99 on Google and go over brocket99.net, and read some of the old articles on the Lethbridge Newspaper about Brocket 99, and finally buy or download the Collection of Brocket 99. You’ll see there is a larger Brocket 99 world and places that can be sited.

    You seem to know about the format Wikipedia wants so why not put some time into it and site this information instead of reverting to a page that is clearly only about Nilesh Patel and info we knew back in the early 1990’s.

  9. Twenty-three years after the fact and even though a new article appears, it still simply re-hashes the same old, same old. What’s the point? Add something new to the conversation, reveal some new factoid … DO SOMETHING. Otherwise, why bother? Giving Kim Siever another platform ?!? Jesus. I’m here, ask me whatever you want … do it before the Wiki-Morons start cutting and burning.

    Ernie.

  10. Twenty-three years after the fact and even though a new article appears, it still simply re-hashes the same old, same old. What’s the point? Add something new to the conversation, reveal some new factoid … DO SOMETHING. Otherwise, why bother? Giving Kim Siever another platform ?!? Jesus. I’m here, ask me whatever you want … do it before the Wiki-Morons start cutting and burning.

    Ernie.

  11. Hey Ernie, welcome to Lethbian Love. I was hoping I could see the Gallant Productions documentary before I wrote this, but George tells me it’s been put on the shelf (at least for now). Nilesh never got back to me when I emailed him (or the site owner).

    It would have been great to have thrown some info that isn’t already out there. So I was wondering a couple of things while writing this post… Maybe you could answer a couple questions?

    -It has been suggested that native comedian Don Burnstick had some affiliation with the show, though he denies that. Were there any aboriginals involved in the production?
    -How do you feel about others making money off your work, selling copies of the recordings and related merchandise?
    -What would a Brocket 99 sound like today?

    Cheers!

  12. Hey Ernie, welcome to Lethbian Love. I was hoping I could see the Gallant Productions documentary before I wrote this, but George tells me it’s been put on the shelf (at least for now). Nilesh never got back to me when I emailed him (or the site owner).

    It would have been great to have thrown some info that isn’t already out there. So I was wondering a couple of things while writing this post… Maybe you could answer a couple questions?

    -It has been suggested that native comedian Don Burnstick had some affiliation with the show, though he denies that. Were there any aboriginals involved in the production?
    -How do you feel about others making money off your work, selling copies of the recordings and related merchandise?
    -What would a Brocket 99 sound like today?

    Cheers!

  13. If Brocket 99 were recorded today it would probably be in a hip hop version. You really know you’ve made it once you have your own T-shirt and coffee mug – the merchandising is astounding and doesn’t surprise me. People have this morbid fascination with it and once it gets out into the public domain there’s really no stopping it -I’ve never been able to get a satisfying answer as to why that is. There were no aboriginals involved, nor was Mark Campbell, for that matter. I’ve never met or spoken to Don Burnstick although I’m familiar with his work – all I know about him is what is posted on Michael’s offical website, brocket99.net.

  14. If Brocket 99 were recorded today it would probably be in a hip hop version. You really know you’ve made it once you have your own T-shirt and coffee mug – the merchandising is astounding and doesn’t surprise me. People have this morbid fascination with it and once it gets out into the public domain there’s really no stopping it -I’ve never been able to get a satisfying answer as to why that is. There were no aboriginals involved, nor was Mark Campbell, for that matter. I’ve never met or spoken to Don Burnstick although I’m familiar with his work – all I know about him is what is posted on Michael’s offical website, brocket99.net.

  15. As I was thinking about it this morning, I also thought that it’d be Hip Hop instead of AC/DC. I was actually having a conversation last night about Aboriginal rappers and how some youth identify with Hip Hop culture.

  16. As I was thinking about it this morning, I also thought that it’d be Hip Hop instead of AC/DC. I was actually having a conversation last night about Aboriginal rappers and how some youth identify with Hip Hop culture.

  17. I figured I’d add my 2 won into this.

    1. Don Burnstick was inspired to start up in comedy after hearing the Brocket 99 tape. Don was offended by the tape and wanted to show people what he thought was real Aboriginal humor. Even though for him Brocket 99 was a negative catalyst, if it wasn’t for Brocket 99, Don Burnstick would have not become a comedian.

    2. Cowboy SmithX started up in the performing arts after being inspired by Brocket 99. Listen to his interview done by Michael Anthony.

    3. It’s sad but the Java Shop in Fort Macleod is closed forever.

    http://www.findingbrokeback.com/Chapter17/JavaShop.html

    Also the Java Shop mention in Brocket 99 was also used for filming in the film Brokeback Mountain.

    4. If Kim Siever is so concerned about citing sources and so on, then he should at least learn more about the source subject. Obviously he is interested in Brocket 99 as seen by his constant monitoring over the wikipedia Brocket 99 article and this site, so he should put some effort into adding to the wikipedia article, not subtracting from it.

    Glad to see there is another forum to discuss this and I am glad this site exists!

  18. I figured I’d add my 2 won into this.

    1. Don Burnstick was inspired to start up in comedy after hearing the Brocket 99 tape. Don was offended by the tape and wanted to show people what he thought was real Aboriginal humor. Even though for him Brocket 99 was a negative catalyst, if it wasn’t for Brocket 99, Don Burnstick would have not become a comedian.

    2. Cowboy SmithX started up in the performing arts after being inspired by Brocket 99. Listen to his interview done by Michael Anthony.

    3. It’s sad but the Java Shop in Fort Macleod is closed forever.

    http://www.findingbrokeback.com/Chapter17/JavaShop.html

    Also the Java Shop mention in Brocket 99 was also used for filming in the film Brokeback Mountain.

    4. If Kim Siever is so concerned about citing sources and so on, then he should at least learn more about the source subject. Obviously he is interested in Brocket 99 as seen by his constant monitoring over the wikipedia Brocket 99 article and this site, so he should put some effort into adding to the wikipedia article, not subtracting from it.

    Glad to see there is another forum to discuss this and I am glad this site exists!

  19. I do enjoy Brocket 99, but if you listen to the interviews and do some research, you will see that everything I have written is true. Just ask Michael Anthony(you should interview him or vise versa) if you are able to. Perhaps Ernie Scar himself may be able to confirm some of what I have written.

    Thanks for such an interesting article and this method on online interaction.

    Anyung!

  20. I do enjoy Brocket 99, but if you listen to the interviews and do some research, you will see that everything I have written is true. Just ask Michael Anthony(you should interview him or vise versa) if you are able to. Perhaps Ernie Scar himself may be able to confirm some of what I have written.

    Thanks for such an interesting article and this method on online interaction.

    Anyung!

  21. Michael Anthony’s website – http://www.brocket99.net – was going great guns back around 2003 but has slowed down considerably the last few years. I wouldn’t say it glamourizes it, but when you see all the information in one place it does nonetheless seem amazing the history this thing has. If you surf around in there for a while you’ll come across the interviews Kang refers to, and the interview subjects do make those statements. I think Michael had the good intention of getting some kind of dialog going there, and a full range of emotions are definitely expressed – you’ve got the die-hard fans as well as those who are vehemently opposed – and everything in between. Naturally, the idea didn’t really seem to take hold, and not much of a dialog ever happened. What I personally get out of it is that the further you get into the subject, the more avenues are opned up … to the point where the radio show itself isn’t even the point any more, but rather it becomes more about WHY this thing has any kind of an audience at all, and how has it survived for so long? Fascinatiing. There is a deeper story here to my mind, if we can just get past the outer layers of offensiveness to see our society reflected.

  22. Michael Anthony’s website – http://www.brocket99.net – was going great guns back around 2003 but has slowed down considerably the last few years. I wouldn’t say it glamourizes it, but when you see all the information in one place it does nonetheless seem amazing the history this thing has. If you surf around in there for a while you’ll come across the interviews Kang refers to, and the interview subjects do make those statements. I think Michael had the good intention of getting some kind of dialog going there, and a full range of emotions are definitely expressed – you’ve got the die-hard fans as well as those who are vehemently opposed – and everything in between. Naturally, the idea didn’t really seem to take hold, and not much of a dialog ever happened. What I personally get out of it is that the further you get into the subject, the more avenues are opned up … to the point where the radio show itself isn’t even the point any more, but rather it becomes more about WHY this thing has any kind of an audience at all, and how has it survived for so long? Fascinatiing. There is a deeper story here to my mind, if we can just get past the outer layers of offensiveness to see our society reflected.

  23. Then I’m curious, Ernie: why do you think the recording has remained in the public consciousness for more than two decades? What is it that keeps drawing people back, and winning new fans? Is must be more than a simple case of racist rednecks getting a kick out of cheap shtick. That’s my knee-jerk reaction to its popularity, but it fails to explain why South Koreans (or anyone else outside western Canada) would have any interest in the material.

  24. Then I’m curious, Ernie: why do you think the recording has remained in the public consciousness for more than two decades? What is it that keeps drawing people back, and winning new fans? Is must be more than a simple case of racist rednecks getting a kick out of cheap shtick. That’s my knee-jerk reaction to its popularity, but it fails to explain why South Koreans (or anyone else outside western Canada) would have any interest in the material.

  25. In some regards, it’s not all utterly offensive. I did find some things funny/ironic/whatever, like:

    “Sammy Shot Both Sides was shot in the back last Friday. And, uh, we got a nice box for him.”

    You have to figure out for yourself why you find it entertaining. I think there are some people who will overreact (the kinds that usually do so for everything) and then there are some who take it for what it is.

    Why is there an audience for it? Well, maybe because people like me write a blog post every once in a while and just don’t let it die.

    I’m sure someone could write an exhaustive sociological essay on this if they wanted. There are so many ways to look at this.

  26. In some regards, it’s not all utterly offensive. I did find some things funny/ironic/whatever, like:

    “Sammy Shot Both Sides was shot in the back last Friday. And, uh, we got a nice box for him.”

    You have to figure out for yourself why you find it entertaining. I think there are some people who will overreact (the kinds that usually do so for everything) and then there are some who take it for what it is.

    Why is there an audience for it? Well, maybe because people like me write a blog post every once in a while and just don’t let it die.

    I’m sure someone could write an exhaustive sociological essay on this if they wanted. There are so many ways to look at this.

  27. I’m just as curious as you are Jeff, but I think Jonathan just summed it up pretty well. I wish someone WOULD write an exhaustive sociological essay about this – I really do. I’ve said before that I honestly can’t understand the attraction, so I’d appreciate someone explaining it to me. In a strange way, perhaps it has had some constructive value – it certainly has gotten people talking. There will only be a very small percentage who ever “get” the joke, some who never will, and others who will try to use it to further their own agendas, personally caring very little for it one way or the other. Clearly, it would have been better had it never been made, or gotten out there – hopefully there can be some good come from it … although what that would be, I cannot say at this point – that’s why someone has to write that essay.

  28. I’m just as curious as you are Jeff, but I think Jonathan just summed it up pretty well. I wish someone WOULD write an exhaustive sociological essay about this – I really do. I’ve said before that I honestly can’t understand the attraction, so I’d appreciate someone explaining it to me. In a strange way, perhaps it has had some constructive value – it certainly has gotten people talking. There will only be a very small percentage who ever “get” the joke, some who never will, and others who will try to use it to further their own agendas, personally caring very little for it one way or the other. Clearly, it would have been better had it never been made, or gotten out there – hopefully there can be some good come from it … although what that would be, I cannot say at this point – that’s why someone has to write that essay.

  29. Info on Cowboy SmithX on how he got into the performing arts:

    http://www.nativevue.org/blog/?p=202

    “My name is Cowboy Smithx, (yes you heard me right, my name is Cowboy and I’m an Indian – ha, ha.) I am a full-blooded Blackfoot playwright, filmmaker, performing artist, producer and radio host from the Piikani Nation in Southern Alberta. I grew up on the Piikani reserve and was first exposed to Brocket 99 when I was 7. My grandfather brought it home one day and let me listen to it. Being the “swearing baby” that I was, I found Brocket 99 quite amusing and thought it was cool that we could make fun of ourselves without getting all angry about it. Not considering that the tape might be made by a group of ignorant Caucasian racists, I simply assumed that it was produced by a pack of crazy natives. It inspired me to get into radio, which I did at a very young age.”

    This is just to prove one of my claims. If I come across Don Burnstick’s quote about why he got into Comedy, I’ll post it here as well.

    to Kim Siever: The truth is out there, just look.

  30. Info on Cowboy SmithX on how he got into the performing arts:

    http://www.nativevue.org/blog/?p=202

    “My name is Cowboy Smithx, (yes you heard me right, my name is Cowboy and I’m an Indian – ha, ha.) I am a full-blooded Blackfoot playwright, filmmaker, performing artist, producer and radio host from the Piikani Nation in Southern Alberta. I grew up on the Piikani reserve and was first exposed to Brocket 99 when I was 7. My grandfather brought it home one day and let me listen to it. Being the “swearing baby” that I was, I found Brocket 99 quite amusing and thought it was cool that we could make fun of ourselves without getting all angry about it. Not considering that the tape might be made by a group of ignorant Caucasian racists, I simply assumed that it was produced by a pack of crazy natives. It inspired me to get into radio, which I did at a very young age.”

    This is just to prove one of my claims. If I come across Don Burnstick’s quote about why he got into Comedy, I’ll post it here as well.

    to Kim Siever: The truth is out there, just look.

  31. What prompted Don Burnstick to get into Comedy:

    http://www.brocket99.net/news007.htm

    Don Burnstick writes:

    “when I 1 st started doing comedy alot of people asked me if I was the one who did brocket 99……….of cousre I said no. plus the damage it has done over the yrs to the stereo typing of our people…….it was one of the things that inspired me to become a comedian….to show what I believe is true Indian humour…that is why I don’t swear in my shows. or cds… I just released a new cd…my 1st in about 4 yrs….its called “redskin radio” spoofs all the local rez radio stations accross our land”

    “lets get one thing out of the way….my stance on brocket 99 is one of disgust…..the humour on it was not funny and very very crude. and total dishonored the Blackfoot nation…….when I 1st heard it all I could think was” how the people in brocket….Pegan Nation felt. still not sure the origin of that particular recording but I think it first serviced in the late 80s…….it was there I wanted to show what I felt was true indian humour……….that is why I made my recordings….. that is it. hope you quote me on this.”

    So again Kim Siever, here is more info that you’ll probably ignore.

  32. What prompted Don Burnstick to get into Comedy:

    http://www.brocket99.net/news007.htm

    Don Burnstick writes:

    “when I 1 st started doing comedy alot of people asked me if I was the one who did brocket 99……….of cousre I said no. plus the damage it has done over the yrs to the stereo typing of our people…….it was one of the things that inspired me to become a comedian….to show what I believe is true Indian humour…that is why I don’t swear in my shows. or cds… I just released a new cd…my 1st in about 4 yrs….its called “redskin radio” spoofs all the local rez radio stations accross our land”

    “lets get one thing out of the way….my stance on brocket 99 is one of disgust…..the humour on it was not funny and very very crude. and total dishonored the Blackfoot nation…….when I 1st heard it all I could think was” how the people in brocket….Pegan Nation felt. still not sure the origin of that particular recording but I think it first serviced in the late 80s…….it was there I wanted to show what I felt was true indian humour……….that is why I made my recordings….. that is it. hope you quote me on this.”

    So again Kim Siever, here is more info that you’ll probably ignore.

  33. Kang — you seem to be a big fan of Brocket 99, citing it as a piece of classic Canadiana. But the very people who were “inspired” by it — Don Burnstick and Cowboy Smithx — describe it as a crude, hateful, disgusting piece of work intended to promote stereotypes and dishonour aboriginals.

    How can you claim to like something, while at the same time citing examples of aboriginals who were spurred into the entertainment industry because of their loathing of it? It seems contradictory, to say the least.

  34. Kang — you seem to be a big fan of Brocket 99, citing it as a piece of classic Canadiana. But the very people who were “inspired” by it — Don Burnstick and Cowboy Smithx — describe it as a crude, hateful, disgusting piece of work intended to promote stereotypes and dishonour aboriginals.

    How can you claim to like something, while at the same time citing examples of aboriginals who were spurred into the entertainment industry because of their loathing of it? It seems contradictory, to say the least.

  35. Hi Jeff

    You make some good points, so I’ll try to explain myself more clearly and detailed.

    If you listen to Michael Anthony’s Interview of Cowboy SmithX, which I believe occurred before Cowboy SmithX’s post on his site regarding Brocket 99. At the time of the interview and during the interview, Cowboy SmithX says he enjoys Brocket 99 as does his Grandfather. Also Cowboy mentioned in the interview that he himself did Brocket 99 impressions and quotes and Brocket 99 was the catalyst that got him into the performing arts. Once Cowboy SmithX started to associate with Nilesh Patel(filmmaker of Brocket 99 Rockin’ the Country), his opinion did a 180 degrees and suddenly, due to Nilesh Patel’s influence, Cowboy Smithx didn’t like Brocket 99 and saw it as insipid. That was quite the 180 degree turn of opinion.

    As for Don Burnstick’s opinion, well this is true and probably hasn’t changed. But regardless of Don Burnstick’s opinion of Brocket 99, it still was the catalyst that got him into performing. Without Brocket 99, Don Burnstick would not be a comedian, and would probably be doing something totally different. Ask Don Burnstick and hopefully he posts here.

    Michael Anthony of brocket99.net and MAACP would be the one to talk to as he interviewed Cowboy SmithX and emailed and got emails from Don Burnstick. I think Michael Anthony would be able to explain it much better than I could as he has first hand information and interacted with them both on some level. Perhaps Michael will post here at some point.

    For me, the wikipedia Brocket 99 article is a joke. It contains information that people in Alberta knew back in the early 1990’s. It also mostly is focused on Nilesh Patel and his film. Again I am sure that Michael Anthony through his Brocket 99 news articles on his site or by him directly posting here can explain in greater detail how Nilesh mislead everyone about what the film’s focus is in order to get co-operation with his film, and of course, there is the fact that Nilesh Patel broke copyright law by using Brocket 99 audio without the copyright holder’s permission.

    I do consider myself an expert on Brocket 99, second only to the Creators and Michael Anthony. I could probably teach a course on it, but doubtful that Lethbridge College would hire me as an instructor for such a controversial piece of radio genius.

    Anyung!

  36. Hi Jeff

    You make some good points, so I’ll try to explain myself more clearly and detailed.

    If you listen to Michael Anthony’s Interview of Cowboy SmithX, which I believe occurred before Cowboy SmithX’s post on his site regarding Brocket 99. At the time of the interview and during the interview, Cowboy SmithX says he enjoys Brocket 99 as does his Grandfather. Also Cowboy mentioned in the interview that he himself did Brocket 99 impressions and quotes and Brocket 99 was the catalyst that got him into the performing arts. Once Cowboy SmithX started to associate with Nilesh Patel(filmmaker of Brocket 99 Rockin’ the Country), his opinion did a 180 degrees and suddenly, due to Nilesh Patel’s influence, Cowboy Smithx didn’t like Brocket 99 and saw it as insipid. That was quite the 180 degree turn of opinion.

    As for Don Burnstick’s opinion, well this is true and probably hasn’t changed. But regardless of Don Burnstick’s opinion of Brocket 99, it still was the catalyst that got him into performing. Without Brocket 99, Don Burnstick would not be a comedian, and would probably be doing something totally different. Ask Don Burnstick and hopefully he posts here.

    Michael Anthony of brocket99.net and MAACP would be the one to talk to as he interviewed Cowboy SmithX and emailed and got emails from Don Burnstick. I think Michael Anthony would be able to explain it much better than I could as he has first hand information and interacted with them both on some level. Perhaps Michael will post here at some point.

    For me, the wikipedia Brocket 99 article is a joke. It contains information that people in Alberta knew back in the early 1990’s. It also mostly is focused on Nilesh Patel and his film. Again I am sure that Michael Anthony through his Brocket 99 news articles on his site or by him directly posting here can explain in greater detail how Nilesh mislead everyone about what the film’s focus is in order to get co-operation with his film, and of course, there is the fact that Nilesh Patel broke copyright law by using Brocket 99 audio without the copyright holder’s permission.

    I do consider myself an expert on Brocket 99, second only to the Creators and Michael Anthony. I could probably teach a course on it, but doubtful that Lethbridge College would hire me as an instructor for such a controversial piece of radio genius.

    Anyung!

  37. Kang, I have a feeling you know who Ernie Scar and some of the others are 😉

    I’m sure with a little persistence, a person such as myself would be able to meet these people. Though, I’m not an expert in this subject, nor do I intend to be. Like Ernie seconded, maybe you should be the one to write that essay…or perhaps a book? It might just work.

  38. Kang, I have a feeling you know who Ernie Scar and some of the others are 😉

    I’m sure with a little persistence, a person such as myself would be able to meet these people. Though, I’m not an expert in this subject, nor do I intend to be. Like Ernie seconded, maybe you should be the one to write that essay…or perhaps a book? It might just work.

  39. There are just so many articles, interviews, spin-offs on Brocket 99 out on internet sites, bittorrent, and published in various Canadian Newspapers. One writer by the name of Sarah Scout comes to mind, wrote an interesting article on her travel to Vancouver to see the Brocket 99 Rockin’ the Country Film.

    http://www.myspace.com/sarahscout

    http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=127241418&blogId=192188198

    Although I disagree with her stance on Brocket 99 and of white people(I am only half offended as I am only half white, ha! ha!), I can say she is a talented writer and hope that she writes more about the Brocket 99 topic in the future. And besides, it doesn’t hurt that she is quite attractive.

    Again, there is so much relevant information in the way of articles, songs, spin-offs, that is ignored by Nilsh Patel as it doesn’t support his agenda, or is ignored by Kim Siever because it isn’t found is some literary journal from some university.

    People can either live in the 1992 thinking that some Lethbridge college kids snuck into a college radio station and recorded this in one night, OR we can live in the year 2009 and realize that Brocket 99 is a Radio Parody of an Aboriginal Radio Station and that it has taken on a life of its own.

  40. There are just so many articles, interviews, spin-offs on Brocket 99 out on internet sites, bittorrent, and published in various Canadian Newspapers. One writer by the name of Sarah Scout comes to mind, wrote an interesting article on her travel to Vancouver to see the Brocket 99 Rockin’ the Country Film.

    http://www.myspace.com/sarahscout

    http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=127241418&blogId=192188198

    Although I disagree with her stance on Brocket 99 and of white people(I am only half offended as I am only half white, ha! ha!), I can say she is a talented writer and hope that she writes more about the Brocket 99 topic in the future. And besides, it doesn’t hurt that she is quite attractive.

    Again, there is so much relevant information in the way of articles, songs, spin-offs, that is ignored by Nilsh Patel as it doesn’t support his agenda, or is ignored by Kim Siever because it isn’t found is some literary journal from some university.

    People can either live in the 1992 thinking that some Lethbridge college kids snuck into a college radio station and recorded this in one night, OR we can live in the year 2009 and realize that Brocket 99 is a Radio Parody of an Aboriginal Radio Station and that it has taken on a life of its own.

  41. I have met Ernie Scar one time back in 2006, when I had to fly out of South Korea to Toronto on business. Meeting Ernie Scar was like an Elvis fan meeting Elvis back in 1966 or like a John Lennon fan meeting John in the 1970’s. I was a really cool experience and I had a few drinks with Ernie. I think it was Old English or some other 40oz beer.

    Just scroll down the page and look for:

    MEET THE REAL ERNIE SCAR. CHARLES KANG DID

    Charles Kang, longtime manager of Lenny Red-Nuts, has finally done the impossible. He has met face to face with the Creator, the Beginning, the Alpha, the one known as Ernie Scar. This was a paramount meeting of an industry standard of Radio Broadcasting and a Korean Promoter, Manager, and Brocketologist…

    http://www.brocket99.net/news011.htm

    I have only met ole’ Ernie once and have never meet any of the other cast or writers for Brocket 99. It was quite an honor to meet Ernie Scar and the ease of someone meeting Ernie would be like me flying to Los Angeles and trying to meet and have drinks with Madonna or Nicolas Cage, or flying to England and meeting the lead singer of Oasis. It just isn’t going to easily happen. I suppose I was luckily as the musician I manage “Lenny Red-Nuts” recorded a Brocket 99 spin-off album and Ernie happened to get a copy and enjoyed it. I guess Lenny was my in.

    Again there is a plethora of information on brocket99.net if people would just look, listen, and read.

    Kang Chul-su

  42. I have met Ernie Scar one time back in 2006, when I had to fly out of South Korea to Toronto on business. Meeting Ernie Scar was like an Elvis fan meeting Elvis back in 1966 or like a John Lennon fan meeting John in the 1970’s. I was a really cool experience and I had a few drinks with Ernie. I think it was Old English or some other 40oz beer.

    Just scroll down the page and look for:

    MEET THE REAL ERNIE SCAR. CHARLES KANG DID

    Charles Kang, longtime manager of Lenny Red-Nuts, has finally done the impossible. He has met face to face with the Creator, the Beginning, the Alpha, the one known as Ernie Scar. This was a paramount meeting of an industry standard of Radio Broadcasting and a Korean Promoter, Manager, and Brocketologist…

    http://www.brocket99.net/news011.htm

    I have only met ole’ Ernie once and have never meet any of the other cast or writers for Brocket 99. It was quite an honor to meet Ernie Scar and the ease of someone meeting Ernie would be like me flying to Los Angeles and trying to meet and have drinks with Madonna or Nicolas Cage, or flying to England and meeting the lead singer of Oasis. It just isn’t going to easily happen. I suppose I was luckily as the musician I manage “Lenny Red-Nuts” recorded a Brocket 99 spin-off album and Ernie happened to get a copy and enjoyed it. I guess Lenny was my in.

    Again there is a plethora of information on brocket99.net if people would just look, listen, and read.

    Kang Chul-su

  43. Hey Kang, they were automatically flagged as spam and awaiting moderation. All is well.

    I am very surprised at the amount of comments that has been brought to this post!

    Wasn’t Brocket 99 recorded at the U of L?

    I have not listened to the spin-off. Does Lenny Red-Nuts take any interesting angles or address any of the racist sentiments?

  44. Hey Kang, they were automatically flagged as spam and awaiting moderation. All is well.

    I am very surprised at the amount of comments that has been brought to this post!

    Wasn’t Brocket 99 recorded at the U of L?

    I have not listened to the spin-off. Does Lenny Red-Nuts take any interesting angles or address any of the racist sentiments?

  45. I am quite surprised as well for all of the activity here.

    No, Brocket 99 was not recorded at the U of L, but it does make a great story. If you listen to the Ernie Scar interview, it will fill in about 10 to 20 years of information, and clear out the misinformation that was and is still going around about Brocket 99. I know I continually refer back to brocket99.net, but it is is the most comprehensive information all in one place to date:

    http://www.brocket99.net/cdscar.

    I can requote my mini essay I wrote years ago when his album first was released:

    “”Tough Buck From Brocket” or “There and Back Again”

    Reminiscent of J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous novel The Hobbit or otherwise known as There and Back Again, Lenny Red-Nuts sings about his circular journey away from his hometown of Brocket, Alberta, to the big city of Edmonton, his life-journey of experience and learning, and his return to Brocket to be reunited with his true-love Perline Pricklybush. “Tough Buck From Brocket” is the most heart wrenching and the most intellectually stimulating of all of Lenny’s songs featured on his new CD Tough Buck From Brocket.

    The funeral and death of Lenny Red-Nuts’ old friend Clayton Magnet prompts Lenny to go on a journey of self-discovery to learn about himself and learn about the world around him located in Alberta, Canada. Lenny first encounters resistance with his knife fight in the seedy Edmonton bar known as The Cromdale. A man, the cousin of Johnny Gunn, insults Lenny’s true love Perline Pricklybush, so Lenny must defend her honor and his life. The RCMP and the Edmonton City Police are still investigating this knife fight. After the fight, Lenny runs from the police and aside from looking for a place to hide, he looks within himself to reconfirm his identity as a tough buck from Brocket. He also discovers the love that he once had for Perline Pricklybush, who is now married to Johnny Gunn, is still strong within him.

    Lenny goes from The Cromdale Hotel to the neigbourhood of Beverly. There he meets a young Native woman from Saskatewan. Lenny, trying to drown out the pain of love-lost, takes this woman to The Drake Hotel and has paid sex with her for twenty dollars. Lenny confirms his manhood by bedding the young prostitute and keeping her all night with some pot and his container of stinkweed.

    In the morning, Lenny realizes he has learned all he needs to learn from the big city and decides to return to his home in Brocket and be reunited with his true-love Perline Pricklybush. At the conclusion of “Tough Buck From Brocket,” this song leaves the listener understanding Lenny’s predicament and at the same time wondering if Lenny will be successful at regaining the love of Perline Pricklybush.”

    Moderator: *URL snipped*

    I think Lenny Red-Nuts looks at many interesting angles of Brocket 99 and about his own travels in Brocket and elsewhere makes a very entertaining and I suppose informative release.

    I hope this helps.

    Anyung!

  46. I am quite surprised as well for all of the activity here.

    No, Brocket 99 was not recorded at the U of L, but it does make a great story. If you listen to the Ernie Scar interview, it will fill in about 10 to 20 years of information, and clear out the misinformation that was and is still going around about Brocket 99. I know I continually refer back to brocket99.net, but it is is the most comprehensive information all in one place to date:

    http://www.brocket99.net/cdscar.

    I can requote my mini essay I wrote years ago when his album first was released:

    “”Tough Buck From Brocket” or “There and Back Again”

    Reminiscent of J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous novel The Hobbit or otherwise known as There and Back Again, Lenny Red-Nuts sings about his circular journey away from his hometown of Brocket, Alberta, to the big city of Edmonton, his life-journey of experience and learning, and his return to Brocket to be reunited with his true-love Perline Pricklybush. “Tough Buck From Brocket” is the most heart wrenching and the most intellectually stimulating of all of Lenny’s songs featured on his new CD Tough Buck From Brocket.

    The funeral and death of Lenny Red-Nuts’ old friend Clayton Magnet prompts Lenny to go on a journey of self-discovery to learn about himself and learn about the world around him located in Alberta, Canada. Lenny first encounters resistance with his knife fight in the seedy Edmonton bar known as The Cromdale. A man, the cousin of Johnny Gunn, insults Lenny’s true love Perline Pricklybush, so Lenny must defend her honor and his life. The RCMP and the Edmonton City Police are still investigating this knife fight. After the fight, Lenny runs from the police and aside from looking for a place to hide, he looks within himself to reconfirm his identity as a tough buck from Brocket. He also discovers the love that he once had for Perline Pricklybush, who is now married to Johnny Gunn, is still strong within him.

    Lenny goes from The Cromdale Hotel to the neigbourhood of Beverly. There he meets a young Native woman from Saskatewan. Lenny, trying to drown out the pain of love-lost, takes this woman to The Drake Hotel and has paid sex with her for twenty dollars. Lenny confirms his manhood by bedding the young prostitute and keeping her all night with some pot and his container of stinkweed.

    In the morning, Lenny realizes he has learned all he needs to learn from the big city and decides to return to his home in Brocket and be reunited with his true-love Perline Pricklybush. At the conclusion of “Tough Buck From Brocket,” this song leaves the listener understanding Lenny’s predicament and at the same time wondering if Lenny will be successful at regaining the love of Perline Pricklybush.”

    Moderator: *URL snipped*

    I think Lenny Red-Nuts looks at many interesting angles of Brocket 99 and about his own travels in Brocket and elsewhere makes a very entertaining and I suppose informative release.

    I hope this helps.

    Anyung!

  47. Every day in western Darfur thousands are murdered, raped, starved.and displaced. In Angola dozens step on forgotten land mines daily. Across Africa women are sexually mutilated. In Iran thousands of men and women accused of homosexuality are publicly executed. Where is your outrage? But when a comedian in Canada crosses the invisible line of political correctness and its about you and your little feelings you are outraged. You make me sick with your self centered little bitch fests about who was aggrieved by who said what. How dare any of you even suggest that you have the right to censor Ernie Scar,Lenny Red Nuts or anyone. FREE SPEECH!!! If you dont like it move to North Korea.

  48. Every day in western Darfur thousands are murdered, raped, starved.and displaced. In Angola dozens step on forgotten land mines daily. Across Africa women are sexually mutilated. In Iran thousands of men and women accused of homosexuality are publicly executed. Where is your outrage? But when a comedian in Canada crosses the invisible line of political correctness and its about you and your little feelings you are outraged. You make me sick with your self centered little bitch fests about who was aggrieved by who said what. How dare any of you even suggest that you have the right to censor Ernie Scar,Lenny Red Nuts or anyone. FREE SPEECH!!! If you dont like it move to North Korea.

  49. Hey Jonathan,

    I thought I’d throw my hat into this discussion. I really believe the issue here is two fold. First and foremost it is about free speech. Does someone have the right to “parody” or stereotype a group of people even when those words are hurtful? The answer simply is yes. But the author must then accept that they will receive the criticism and views of others. Is Brocket 99 offensive to Blackfoot people or Aboriginals in general? Yes, some are hurt and offended by it. Others think it’s a funny piece of material and go their merry way. Amazing! Different schools of thought on the same issue. That my friends is called individuality. And in the end we MUST allow for both.

    Secondly, what do we do about the anguish that may have been inflicted on the folks who were the brunt of the joke? I suggest that a person who really cares about this, find out more concerning the big picture. Anyone who has a brain knows that not all Indians (for that matter, not even the vast majority) are drunkards and bums. So who are these people? How about finding out about them Something simple like where they live and how they speak – http://www.native-languages.org/blackfoot.htm – And then maybe you might like to get to know people in the community on a personal level. I mean it’s not rocket science.

    I think that Brocket 99 is still viable now because it’s still funny. It holds up. It’s ridiculous but it sounds like it could have been a real radio station. It makes people smile. And laugh. And yes, it does this at someone else’s expense. But isn’t that comedy?

    Brocket 99 was made in response to what was seen on the surface. That’s bad news. We all should know that you can’t judge a book by its cover. I know however that this is not always the case. Some of the individuals that write me about Brocket 99 are stuck in that “drunkards and bums” mentality. And a few Natives hate all those f’n whities. We can’t make people see reason here. They have to do that themselves. But at least we can let Brocket 99 make for great conversation and hopefully that will lead to understanding, acceptance and self improvement.

    • Anguish? Get a grip. Read my comment about spending Thanksgiving with an entire family of native Canadians listening to Brocket. They all loved it. I never imagined I’d be in that situation. They have a sense of humour; looks like you need to find one, too.

  50. Hey Jonathan,

    I thought I’d throw my hat into this discussion. I really believe the issue here is two fold. First and foremost it is about free speech. Does someone have the right to “parody” or stereotype a group of people even when those words are hurtful? The answer simply is yes. But the author must then accept that they will receive the criticism and views of others. Is Brocket 99 offensive to Blackfoot people or Aboriginals in general? Yes, some are hurt and offended by it. Others think it’s a funny piece of material and go their merry way. Amazing! Different schools of thought on the same issue. That my friends is called individuality. And in the end we MUST allow for both.

    Secondly, what do we do about the anguish that may have been inflicted on the folks who were the brunt of the joke? I suggest that a person who really cares about this, find out more concerning the big picture. Anyone who has a brain knows that not all Indians (for that matter, not even the vast majority) are drunkards and bums. So who are these people? How about finding out about them Something simple like where they live and how they speak – http://www.native-languages.org/blackfoot.htm – And then maybe you might like to get to know people in the community on a personal level. I mean it’s not rocket science.

    I think that Brocket 99 is still viable now because it’s still funny. It holds up. It’s ridiculous but it sounds like it could have been a real radio station. It makes people smile. And laugh. And yes, it does this at someone else’s expense. But isn’t that comedy?

    Brocket 99 was made in response to what was seen on the surface. That’s bad news. We all should know that you can’t judge a book by its cover. I know however that this is not always the case. Some of the individuals that write me about Brocket 99 are stuck in that “drunkards and bums” mentality. And a few Natives hate all those f’n whities. We can’t make people see reason here. They have to do that themselves. But at least we can let Brocket 99 make for great conversation and hopefully that will lead to understanding, acceptance and self improvement.

  51. “There are even two documentaries – one produced in 2007 and the other in-development. The latter features Ernie Scar himself. But unfortunately, I was unable to get a hold of either. My hopes are that they do become publicly available, since there is a lot of insight to be gleaned from the people interviewed”

    You can purchase “Brocket 99-Rockin the Country” from this site apparently
    http://www.filmwest.com/Catalogue/itemdetail/3508/

  52. “There are even two documentaries – one produced in 2007 and the other in-development. The latter features Ernie Scar himself. But unfortunately, I was unable to get a hold of either. My hopes are that they do become publicly available, since there is a lot of insight to be gleaned from the people interviewed”

    You can purchase “Brocket 99-Rockin the Country” from this site apparently
    http://www.filmwest.com/Catalogue/itemdetail/3508/

  53. My dad is Ernie Scar. I am his youngest of three daughters. Having recently passed away in February 2011, keeping his identity a secret by his request is no longer of importance. I personally dont have an opinion firmly in any manor for my father’s parody work. But I would like to set a few things straight about who he is and how Brocket 99 started.
    He was a white man originally from Calgary, and one of the things he hated the most about Lethbridge was the number of first nations people he saw in the area that seemed to do nothing but waste their lives in the streets. He didnt have any kind of hatred for the people personally, but instead of leaving his thoughts at a simple disliking in his head, after coming across AIDS Radio, he did infact use it as inspiration for Brocket 99. I do not condone the offences that clearly exist in the tapes, but like most information known to the public about Brocket 99, it’s true that it was made just to be a joke between friends.
    They are not basement tapes made by students at the university. My father was a grown man working in a few different radio stations and also as a night club DJ when he and his friends sat down to make Brocket 99.
    The first documentary mentioned above is absolutely in existance, I have a copy. But the second is completely false. My father wanted nothing to do with being recognized for his connection to Brocket 99. That way the “fame” and the hate and everything in between stemming from Brocket 99 did not phase his life style – exactly the way he intended it to be when it started as a spoof between friends.

  54. I was given a copy of the cassette tape in 1991. My boyfriend had a friend who worked in Alberta doing sound for a band or two. He was given the tape from the people who actually made it. Since the founder of Brocket seems to want to maintain annonymity, I’m not saying anything about what I know. I’m sick to death of our overly politically correct culture. Noone’s going to tell me what I can and cannot find humourous. I like the original; imo, all the wannabes who tried and failed miserably to duplicate the original, should be shot. “Every Squaw I Screw,” for instance WAS not on the original tape. I’d like to add that in 1995, my boyfriend was 100% pure blooded native canadian. At Thanksgiving, he, myself and his entire family sat around and listened to the tape. For the record, they laughed their asses off. They didn’t take offense, so no white man should be entitled to be offended. I never thought I’d be sitting around listening to Brocket 99 with an entire family of natives, but it was so cool they all had a sense of humour. “Political correctness is the language of cowardice.” ~ Billy Connolly

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