Ed Bedford 10 a.m., Dec. 22
The Rock Band Word Cloud at the Gaslamp's Hard Rock Hotel
As you make your way from the elevator to the roof-deck pool, you pass through a hallway whose wall is festooned with band names and insignias. Because, as you learn when you hear Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" while shopping at Tile Club, all rock 'n roll ultimately ends up as musical wallpaper, you see. The Hard Rock Hotel, in their knowingness, just took the notion more literally than most. So ho ho ho, very clever and all that.
But hold on a second. The band names amount to a sort of word cloud - you know, those things you see on websites that indicate the frequency of a word's appearance (and hence, its relative significance) by the size of said word relative to the other words in the cloud? And as you stare, you realize that The Black Eyes Peas are, by this word cloud's measure, as significant as The Police or U2. But less significant than The Monkees.
Go ahead, take a couple of minutes to look the images over. Note your agreement or disapproval in the comments!
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