There were two things I said over the Thanksgiving that made my Dear Old Dad and Uncle Hat look at me like I was crazy, or, more likely, that I’d just had too much Glüwein. First, we were talking about Brit bands who spent an album copying American country music. Papa mentioned the Stones. I mentioned the Kinks, and was looked at cross-eyed.
Sigh. The album name was on the tip of my tongue, but, indeed, “Muswell Hillbillies” does exist.
The second item I mentioned that got a blank stare was this, one of my very favorite television moments of all time and one of my very favorite political slogans. That’s right, Kanye. He doesn’t.
Incredibly, Dad had never seen this. Probably because he’s, um, more of a reader.
“Still Wishing to Course,” Camper Van Beethoven, Camper Van Beethoven
“Relief,” Cold War Kids, Loyalty to Loyalty
“Charlemagne’s Big Thaw,” Colossal Yes, Charlemagne’s Big Thaw
“Johnny Sunshine,” Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville
“Trouble Every Day,” Frank Zappa, Freak Out
“I Forgot to be Your Lover,” William Bell, The Best of William Bell
“Scenic World,” Beirut, Gulag Orkestar
“Brandenburg,” Beirut, Gulag Orkestar
“The Plan,” Built to Spill
“I’m Gonna Crawl,” Jenna Mammina, Under the Influence
“Be OK,” Ingrid Michaelson, Be OK
“The Plan,” Built to Spill, Keep It Like A Secret
“Bucky Done Gun,” M.I.A., Arular
“Coming Out As A Jew,” Marc Maron, Tickets Still Available
“I Like,” Men Without Hats, My Hats Collection