Monday, October 24, 2005

Fun With The Radio On Grocery Night

It will become obvious that I was doing the shopping myself tonight, as any attempt to station-surf with JennySlash in the car would likely result in broken fingers (mine of course).

Started off promising as 100.7 cranked up Elvis Costello's
What's So Funny ('Bout Peace, Love and Understanding) before I made it out of the neighborhood. If I've got to go do the marketing, pounding away on the steering wheel along with Pete Thomas ain't a bad way to go.

The followup was some whiny shit from the late '90s (why did everybody get so damn whiny at the end of the last decade? What the fuck was there to be whiny about? Whine now, dammit!) so I flipped over to WRDU and an earful of Kansas
Carry On, My Wayward Son which was followed when I came out of Earthfare with Steve Miller Band's Jet Airliner. Freaky, freaky high school flashback - I had to look around and make sure I wasn't driving my version of the Vista Cruiser - the 1968 Plymouth Belvedere station wagon that I wired an 8-track and a pair of DYN speakers into as soon as I got my license. It didn't help that I'd just finished watching That 70's Show before leaving the house.

Follow that back on 100.7 with Sarah McLachlan's Possession, my favorite all-time song about obsession and stalking. When she sings
you speak to me in riddles and you speak to me in rhymes
I suspect what he had said was something really cryptic like
get away from me, you crazy bitch! Do the words restraining order mean anything to you?
Still, pretty song.

And finally, one of those wonderfully weird things where you get two stations playing the same song at almost the same time - this time it was the Police's
Every Breath You Take, which was a very clever stalker follow-up to Possession by one station and just one of those coincidences by the other. They were off from each other by about two bars, so by switching back and forth you could double every other line and skip the one in the middle. No, JennySlash would not have been happy...


At 6:12 AM, Blogger Lex said...

I've always thought of Sarah McLachlan as "whiny shit from the late '90s," myself.

At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah's the Queen of Anthologies in our house. We don't own any of her discs, but she's singing "Dear God" on our XTC tribute disc A Testimonial Dinner, "Prayer of St. Francis" on the Buffy: Radio Sunnydale compilation, and "Blackbird" on the really groovy all-Beatles-covers soundtrack to I Am Sam.

At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and she and Barenaked Ladies sing the "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman/We Three Kings" medley on one of our Xmas discs.

At 10:35 PM, Blogger Tony Plutonium said...

I kinda like McLachlan but as someone else said recently - you only need one of her records. Any more is just redundant.

And that BNL/Sarah McLachlan God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is right up there with T-Bone Burnette's version as my favorite Christmas carol!


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