Bart Mendoza 5 a.m., Dec. 8
Took the day off yesterday and wrote some fiction. It had been too long. The plan had/has been/is to do both--blog and antiquated print narrative alike. It's not easy, sometimes, being Graham Greene.1
Anyways, hither, thither and yon the candidate posts are found, but here's a Runner-Up to get things rolling. Seriously, what is going on with the skank costumes for sale in my 'hood? "No stains, No smells, HOT!!!!" Really? If there's some sort of speakeasy sex trade going on in the Heights, it would at least explain the prevalence of dirty girl costuming. This one's even designed. If you call and make the right offer, do you get a hooker? SO weird.
Having identified the Great Normal Heights Sex Trade2, here's a Best Of Winner for the day:
Catering to a very specific audience here, eh? What do you get for the person who has everything? Everything except a stack of magazines for a marginally unpopular sport from a largely irrelevant time period, that is!
But wait, something wonderful happened in the mid-90's, something that shook the foundations of popular culture as we knew it. That something, ladies and gentlemen, was the debut of the greatest rock band of the past two decades. Yes, that's right, Sugar Ray.
And the absolutely loved hockey!
Surely everyone remembers "Fly". It was all over the radio, song of the summer type stuff. Very catchy tune in its own right. Super upbeat, fun-in-the-sun music. Barbecue tunes, and so forth. Beach cruising music. Anyways, it didn't represent the album (Floored) very well. Other notable tunes off that record include: "R.P.M." and the stirring indictment of American mall culture, "American Pig."
Hmmm.... Doesn't sound very happy-go-lucky, does it?
Wait 'til you hear the first album.
Lemonade and Brownies, the band's debut record, didn't have so much as a single beach volleyball jam on it. Notable songs include: "Iron Mic" (which might be the best song the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't ever record), "Mean Machine", and the boldly titled "Big Black Woman."
As for that bit about them loving hockey, well, check the video for "Caboose". Probably their greatest song, ever, the album track starts out with the audio from the Miracle On Ice. Bigger hockey nerds there never were.
Of course, after you listen to those tunes, you have to wonder: what happened? This band made two amazing records and then started making weird music that sounded nothing like their Freshman and Sophomore efforts. In the beginning, it was heavy metal-ish sort of so-cal speed punk--and it was awesome. Sugar Ray's degeneration into teeny-bopping is one of the biggest mysteries in musical history.
1. Yup, that's a pun on antigeekess' blog. Which, by the by, ain't it grand to see another from AG? Also an homage to a great writer who somehow managed to balance being a high level spy and a successful novelist.
2. Hope I don't get whacked for my trouble....