EXPLAIN THIS CHALLENGE TO ME: Declare your love for an uncool band
What do you mean… does my enjoyment of this particular band amuse you? Is my adoration of their music someone worthy of your scorn and taunts?? No, explain to me exactly what you mean by an ‘uncool band’?
The B52’s and Devo. I remember wearing one of their then-ultra flimsy yellow jumpsuits TO junior high-high school a few times. And while I have had a few people recognize ‘Party Out Of Bounds’, I have yet to run into anyone who knows that the ‘bee-five-two’s’ way cool take on the standard ‘Girl From Ipanema’ by sending her to Greenland. With the kind of revisionism that your average Tea Bagger makes when asked about US history, mentioning that either of these two bands as ‘uncool’ is not far from committing a heresy.
Which brings me to this paradox about naming an ‘uncool band’ thusly because I am not the only person who bought their music and their recordings weren’t made available just for me! Either it was anticipated that more than one prepster cat was going to buy the music or they were hopeful that more than family and friends would!! Along with the talent to make music that moved me as well as others, I am too busy being envious of their talent and wished that I had learned to play a guitar or work a keyboard instrument.
Also thanks to once-nerds making in-roads into all levels of the entertainment industry, you have folks who either are ‘into’ a non-mainstream style of music or have the access to such a large body of info-taiment that they mine for cool songs that in an earlier era would have been left to the fringes but now find their way unto the soundtracks of movies and television shows.
OR SO THE GERMANS WOULD HAVE YOU BELIEVE
Reading some of the top comments left on this song I smiled a thin, melancholy smile. Kids who were around the age I was when I discovered the aforementioned groups are still complaining at the lack of appreciation for the kind of music that is categorized as the stuff social misfits and weirdos listen to. Makes me a little sad because it means that the high school that I went to then is the same high school I would be going to now, and it means I would prolly have to put up with the same bullsh*t in the alternate future that I do with my contemporaries… c’est la vie..!
Now getting back to the challenge… I have a couple of the Mad Capsule Markets cd’s but right now this song is stuck on ‘repeat’ whenever I click the button for their music in my mental jukebox. The anarchy of ‘Restart’ is echoing inside of my soul and has been for at least a year now. If I had a stereo system and all my music here with me I can imagine myself putting this in-between a Raheem DeVaughan and some Godspeed You Black Emperor, giving a mixtape a little ‘crunch’ to its texture.
I THOUGHT I LEFT YOU IN SRI LANKA
Another song that I think conveys what I call the ‘focused confusion’ that I am currently experiencing is the Dead Milkmen’s ‘Sri Lanka Sex Hotel’. I like all of the Milkmen’s stuff. I think that the way the songs are written, smart but not so smart that the average bloke (or blokette if you are one) should not get some of the joke. For instance, when I would go around the office saying, ‘if you love somebody better set the on fire’, I would get the funniest looks from SD, because she did not know the song but she knew what I was saying to her and the not-so-secret crush she had on me!
Anywho, the ‘Beelzebubba’ CD was prolly the most commercially successful song the Milkmen had. The video for ‘Punk Rock Girl’ got airplay on MTV so that is why I make that guess. The title song from their first album, ‘Big Lizard In My Backyard’ brings to mind Reagan-era politics and thinking that America got stupid with the rise of Sarah Palin and the Tea Bags I think is a big mistake.
Now most of their stuff is to be taken with a smile, even when it is at its most politically incorrect. Same thing goes for Ween (note, this video is an NC-17 song!!), another band of ‘smarter-than-you’ guys who use their undeniable skills as musicans to make catchy and smart music. You prolly have heard their songs in the scenes of B-movies in the late 90’s but didn’t know it!
I hope that you enjoyed at least one of the songs attached to this entry, failing that, maybe you have come to understand a little bit about ‘the man we all know and love’! Also it could be just me but I don’t think that so, but does meeting these ‘challenges’ tire anyone else out? They sound fun at first but someone gets poked and that turns into a push and before you know it, someone has gotten hurt!