Jim Siergey: His Hair Was Perfect

May 5th, 2021

The book I’ve been reading lately is I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon. Needless to say it portrays the rock and roller as even crazier and more out of control than one already expected. Despite all that he wrote a shitload of great songs.

While reading it, I came across a 1975 photo of Warren and a guy named David Lindell. Lindell was a mercenary in Africa and the co-writer of “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner”.

In the song, Roland is a mercenary in the Congo War of the 1960s and is known as the greatest Thompson gunner, a reputation that captures the attention of the CIA and an agent named Van Owen who hunts Roland down and blows his head off. But Roland becomes the phantom “headless Thompson gunner” who gets his revenge on Van Owen and continues “wandering through the night”.

It’s not exactly a lullaby to be sung to the kiddies but it’s a great song that is powerfully recorded. The influence of the ex-mercenary Lindell is heartily felt in the lyrics.

As I looked at the photo, the appearance of the mustachioed Lindell as well as his name kept eating at me with a sense of familiarity. Finally, like a bag full of feathers, it hit me. He looked like the My Pillow Guy!

I Googled “The My Pillow Guy” and found a photo of the similarly mustachioed Mike Lindell—the same last name!  I had read that in a previous life Pillow Guy Lindell was a crack addict. Perhaps in another life he was a mercenary as well?

Could this possibly be? I returned to the Google.

Alas, Pillow Guy Lindell was born in 1961. Mercenary Lindell met Zevon in Spain in 1975 so unless he was Thompson gunning in the jungle as a teenager, they were not one and the same.

But could they be related?

I Googled and I Googled and I Googled even more but could find little info on David “Mercenary” Lindell. More forthcoming was personal info on Mike “Pillow Guy” Lindell.  Among his siblings and half-siblings, there is no David Lindell. Anyone who wants to search his family tree for cousins is welcome to do so. I’m not that obsessed with this.

I just found it interesting that these two fellers shared the same surname and facial hirsuteness. If you’ve read this far, then you probably were too. Unfortunately, it has all been for naught.

Poor, poor pitiful we.


Editor’s note: Jim’s last post for The Third City was Plenty of Nothing

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