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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Radiohead's "Optimistic" came on at work last night.

"Who is this?" I asked aloud.

This is one of my favorite games at work. People at the restaurant generally have good taste in music, but they take it so seriously that getting under their skin is pretty easy.

"Chris, this is Radiohead," one girl said.

I looked at her quizzically. "Who the hell is that? I'm pretty sure this is the Beatles."

"It's not the freaking Beatles! I think I know Radiohead!"

I began singing "Hey Jude."

The girl rolled her eyes and began walking away toward the soda station.

"Wait a minute," I said. "Maybe you're right. Maybe this isn't the Beatles. Maybe it's Radiohead."

"I know it's Radiohead."

"But you have to admit that in many ways, Radiohead is like the British Beatles."

The girl began filling up a soda. Ten seconds later, she paused and looked at me, her faced screwed up in consternation.

"The Beatles are British."

"I guess the jig is up!" I laughed.


Blogger Ben said...

Yes! I love this kind of humor.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Cibbuano said...

That would get a good donkey-laugh outta me...

People that take music too seriously are fun to mess with. I went on a date with this girl - I knew halfway into it that it was going nowhere - who was really into Lillith Fair and the whole girl-feminism music thing.

Sarah McLaughlan came on in the theatre we were in. She went off on how good she was, and how her lyrics were so insightful, how Lillith Fair really speaks to her generation, etc etc.

I put on a serious look and said 'That's interesting, because I feel that she's more of a messed-up ho.'

The 'date' went downhill from there...

7:07 PM  
Blogger Cibbuano said...

Footnote: we were sitting next to two people she recognized. When Sarah Mclaughlan came on, I said my piece, she gave me a testes-withering glare, and the guy sitting on the other side said 'Omigod! I love this song!'

They talked about Lillith Fair and the guy said he's been to it. 'Y'know, I guess deep inside I'm justa feminist...'

They hit it off. Block and parry.

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