4 REASONS WE'RE CALLED TOPSY
1. The name TOPSY refers to the backwoods in South Louisiana where Brett Reeves was raised. You won't find Topsy on a map, but if you ask along Interstate 10 east of Vidor, someone will give you directions. Cuz everybody knows at least one story about Topsy. Usually something about guns, preachers, stealing hogs and the Old River Bay.
2. TOPSY is the name of the mischievous little slave girl in "Uncle Tom's Cabin." She has no memory of her mother and she professes to have never heard of God. Someone asks, "Well, who do you think made you?"
And Topsy says, "Don't think nobody never made me....I s'pect I growed."
3. There was an elephant named TOPSY who had the misfortune of being electrocuted in 1903 by Thomas Edison. Yes, that's right, the "Great Inventor" rigged up 6600 volts to the unruly pachyderm and zapped her before a live audience. And for those not lucky enough to see the elephant die in person, Edison filmed the spectacle and circulated it as one of the era's most popular moving pictures. You can find the footage online, but we refuse to watch.
4. The image of a spinning-top toy. It's upside down: the bottom's on top, riding the point. A spinning-top toy is part circus, part church. And that's what TOPSY sounds like, playing Honkytonk Cabaret.