Rock, Rot & Rule is a faux promotional interview with "Ronald Thomas Clontle," who has "written" a book that's just a list dividing all of popular music history into the categories "rock," "rot," and "rule. This concept is an apt spoof of the false authority of rock guidebooks, of how all music-critics are self-appointed assbags, and of the fraudulent "expertise" (regarding not just music, but romance, parenting, et. holding forth from every magazine counter and bookstore shelf. Wurster as Clontle is amazingly quick, reacting to every caller's diatribe hilariously, or relying on the book's overstated subtitle/slogan: "It's The Ultimate Argument-Settler. Of the six shows on Chain Fights, Beer Busts, And Service With A Grin, the funniest is "The Gorch". Roland Gorchnik-"63 years cool"- claims to have been the inspiration for Happy Days' Fonzie, and has written a self-help book.
ROCK, ROT & RULE by Scharpling & Wurster, released 09 August 2017 1. Rock Rot & Rule This is where it all began! The first Scharpling & Wurster call! Ronald Thomas Clontle calls DJ Tom Scharpling to promote his new book ROCK ROT & RULE, which is billed as "the ultimate argument settler", but things heat up quickly when listeners call in to take Clontle to task for statements like "Madness invented ska".
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Jon Wurster and Tom Scharpling have known each other for almost 23 years. Read our related story. To help celebrate the return of The Best Show, the Reader asked Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster to revisit their first collaboration, the famous "Rock, Rot & Rule" sketch, which predated the show by several years-and still stands as one of the great moments in the history of trolling. Wurster played fictional blowhard Ronald Thomas Clontle, whose opinions on music-who rocks, who rots, and who rules, according to his own impenetrable criteria-were engineered to confuse or enrage hapless listeners