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Yeah, you wanna make something of it? I have no desire to be everyone's friend all of the time. How freaking boring! I'm not watching college basketball. Because I don't care about college basketball. Sure, I joined your bracket thingy, and hopefully I'll kick your butt. How would that make you feel? Someone who doesn't know Jack Shi'ite about CBB has just a good a shot as you do. I would talk more about it, but like I said, I don't care.

Sometimes I feel like listening to Slayer

When I was about 20, someone gave me a kitten. I'm not really a cat person, but I took him because he was kind of cool looking. His colors were such that it looked like he had a goatee. I needed to name him a cool name, a cool name for a cool cat. Me and my buddy Joe were getting drunk out on the front porch (Why do none of the new houses they make these days have front porches?) and listening to some Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti. On came one of my favorite Zep songs of all-time. It's also one of the most underrated Zep songs ever. People would say "Oh, you named your cat Rover, like if he were a dog." And I loved correcting them. "No, his name is The Rover. After the Led Zeppelin song."

In my early 20's my friends and I would go in to Berkeley from where we lived in suburban hell of Concord, and go to this little punk club on Gilman Street. I saw lots of great bands there, and lots of awful bands too. One night this band from LA played. I remember it because it was right after the first Iraq War had started. The band had a song called "Tehran" on their album, and everyone in the whole place just knew something was going to happen when it would be time for that song. Of course, they changed the title to "Baghdad" just for us, and later actually released it as a single. The only lyrics they changed from the song they wrote were "Tehran" and "Iran" to "Baghdad" and "Iraq". Man, I loved that band back then. My friend got a T-shirt of theirs. I only had money for a bumper sticker which I put on my old Ford Grenada (the bitchin' Granada). A couple of years later -1994, the sticker was pretty weather worn and finally I took it off my car. Just another punk band I loved that nobody else would ever hear about. One month later "Low Self-Esteem" hit MTV, and well, everybody heard of The Offspring.

Whatever happened to music videos on music video channels anyway? Remember when you could turn on MTV and watch a video? That was a long time ago. Then they started MTV2 so they could show videos because MTV was filled up with garbage. Then they just started putting the same stuff on MTV2 that was on MTV. VH1 is now a reality TV station. They actually have a countdown, but I can never catch it when it is on, and when I do, the music is all really bad. Out of all the horrible music videos in the world, you used to always be able to count on The Headbanger's Ball to deliver. What was that guy's name? Rikki Rachtman? Whatever happened to him? Does he still look like as big of a Poser now as he did then? Poser. I hate Posers. That was a big thing. If I saw a band I didn't like, they were Posers. If a band was too in-your-face commercial, they were Posers. I would hate it if somebody called me a Poser. Them there was fighting words. The lead singer of this band worked at the Mall near where I lived. Not at a record store or anything like that, but at a place that solds Men's suites, like a Men's Wearhouse (but not). He wore a suit at work and tied his hair back. Me and my thrasher friends went in there once and said hello. He was really nice to us, even though we obviously did not belong in such an establishment. I always kind of liked them, even though they never made it really big. I think it was because of their name - Death Angel - it kind of limits your musical appeal. They had too much going on to be a death metal band, but their name did not allow them to cross over to where they should have been.

Don't like the songs I picked? Well, tooo badddd. You want to make a comment? Go ahead. I really don't care. Now go back to your College basketball, run along now.

 

 

March 19, 2011  01:41 AM ET

Hey Kagen, did you ever go to the Berkeley Square on University Ave? I saw Fishbone and Living Color there 'before they were stars'. Berkeley always seemed to get the up and comings back then. Good times.

March 19, 2011  10:14 AM ET
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Hey Kagen, did you ever go to the Berkeley Square on University Ave? I saw Fishbone and Living Color there 'before they were stars'. Berkeley always seemed to get the up and comings back then. Good times.

Oh yeah. That's where I saw one of the very first shows by Machine Head when they first formed.

Good times indeed.

March 19, 2011  10:25 AM ET

Here in Dallas it was lower Greenville Ave. You could bar crawl all night and hear everything from rock, reggae, punk, blues, country or whatever else you wanted to hear. You still can to a certain degree, but now there's a lot more "posers"! LOL yeah, we have them here in Texas too...

March 19, 2011  10:49 AM ET
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You still can to a certain degree, but now there's a lot more "posers"! LOL yeah, we have them here in Texas too...

I used to use the cat thing as a litmus test actually. I would say he was named after the Led Zep song, and if they gave me a puzzled look, I knew they had no idea which song I was talking about and therefore tested positive for poser-ness.

March 19, 2011  01:01 PM ET

Physical Graffiti is one of the best double-albums ever. The Rover rocks and the riff on Custard Pie will rattle the bones.

March 19, 2011  03:17 PM ET

I'm not watching college basketball. Because I don't care about college basketball. Sure, I joined your bracket thingy, and hopefully I'll kick your butt. How would that make you feel? Someone who doesn't know Jack Shi'ite about CBB has just a good a shot as you do.


Ditto.

March 19, 2011  03:25 PM ET
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Physical Graffiti is one of the best double-albums ever. The Rover rocks and the riff on Custard Pie will rattle the bones.

Agreed. That was my first Zep album I ever bought and it's still my favorite to this day.

March 19, 2011  05:20 PM ET
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Ditto

Both of you disappoint me. I love college basketball!

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March 20, 2011  11:30 AM ET

I'm really not too familiar with much of the music of which you speak, but I have become extremely bored with college basketball. I went to a small school (Long Beach State) Tell me why should I care about Harvard making it to the tournament. With 68 teams in the tournament, the "Madness" has become watered down, and most of the players will soon become the answer to a trivia question. No thanks.

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