Friday, October 11, 2002
Just Sit Around And Mess Around And Tell Your Ma We Went To Rome… Tennessee:
Nothing much is happening here and nothing much will happen this weekend. I have to go visit my parents today, so I can drive them to the station tomorrow. They’re going to Rome, which ought to be nice. I went there once, but didn’t like it. I was 16 and thought it was dirty and everyone I met was rude. This, by the way, is an argument, which won’t win you a lot of friends. Everybody seems to love Rome, so try telling someone you hated it and they’ll look at you like you just said you hated puppies. However, I did like some of the buildings. I thought the St. Peter’s Church was remarkable and there was a small church decorated with skulls and bones, which I thought was gnarly at the time.
Concert season is going nuts right now. Usually, there are a lot of concerts during the last months of the year, but this year it has gone completely mad. I have tickets for four shows and plans to go to at least three more. The latest to be added to the list is a Garage Rock extravaganza in December with Hellacopters, Gaza Strippers, and The Datsuns. I’m not that familiar with any of these bands, but it looks like a fairly hard rocking affair, so I’ll probably go. And how great a name is Gaza Strippers?
I’ve heard two incredible crap songs this week. The first is called Rock My Life and is by German pop sensation Jeanette. Not only is it shite, it’s also a complete rip-off of Roxette’s The Look. It’s incredible that no one noticed this before they released it, but maybe they just figured that since it had worked for Savage Garden it would work for them as well.
The second one is even worse. Remember René “Come on Barbie, let’s go party” Dif of Aqua fame? Well, it seems like he had to repress all his artistic abilities, while he was in Aqua, because now he wants to stand on his own as a solo artist and prove that he wasn’t the Jason Orange of the group. His first single is called Let It All Out (Push It) and yes, it’s a new take on the Salt-n-Pepa hit. And (surprise, surprise) it’s beyond stupid (and when I say stupid I don’t mean stupid fresh). The video features him big pimpin’ and pretending to be a DJ and even the well known and catchy chorus can’t save this turkey. He “raps/sings” the same way on the track as he did on Cartoon Heroes, which means growling like a Saint Bernard with pneumonia, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean it won’t be a hit, so be prepared for it to show up on MTV any day now.
I’m currently reading Toby Litt’s Corpsing and I really like it. I liked Beatniks as well, but this one’s more intense, because it’s a murder mystery. Someone asked me yesterday what I did all day and I felt like Hugh Grant in About a Boy, so I’m feeling very guilty about not really doing anything right now. But at least reading a book ranks higher than watching television in people’s minds, so having spent a day reading isn’t nearly as embarrassing as having spent a day catching up on episodes of Buffy and Angel (which I may or may not have done earlier this week).
- John Fogde 2:03 PM [+]
Monday, October 07, 2002
My Able Body Isn't What It Used To Be:
I'm being a cliché tonight. I'm wearing a huge sweater, sipping coffee, listening to Nick Drake, and have spent most of the day sitting on the couch staring into thin air feeling a bit sorry for myself. I went to a bachelor party Saturday and I'm still hurting a bit from the experience. The actual party was amazing, but it seems like every weekend I get wrecked on Saturday, then go see Arsenal beat some crap team Sunday, and then spend Monday wondering why I still feel hungover. I know I could easily change this routine, but I'm not good with change and I'm really not good at getting my shit together. There's a lot of stuff on my mind right now and most of it could be fixed by getting up early and working stuff out instead of watching television all day. So maybe this week I'll grow a spine and deal. If not then it won't be anything out of the usual.
The bachelor party was for an old friend and in attendance were two more friends from the old days. It was a lot of fun seeing them again and we had a blast. I'm really glad I went and it was obvious that they were glad I came, so everything turned out incredible. And since I just remember that the season premiere of The West Wing will be on a few minutes my mood just got a bit of a lift. Pathetic, I know, but it's the small things in life that count and good television is a life saver.
- John Fogde 10:07 PM [+]