Thursday, July 29, 2004

WHY ARE YOU IN THAT STUPID BUNNY SUIT?

In case you forgot, Donnie Darko - The Directors Cut is in theaters now. For you New Yorkers, it's playing at the AMC on 42nd Street. I will probably be there when you're there because I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be.

Unless of course, that anywhere else is the Curiosa festival on Saturday. But if you didn't want to spend $60+ seeing the Cure, Interpol, and a band I kinda like called Muse, you can head over to the Village Idiot and have your very last beer there. Hide your sisters/girlfriends/daughters cause my brother will be there in full effect with his friends. If the guy in the wheelchair asks you to sit on his lap -- DON'T DO IT. They’re closing down the legendary tavern this weekend. I wasn’t allowed in there in the first place. My brother managed to have me banned.

Last night in the wee hours of the night, after my friends and I polished off a bottle of rum in the kitchen of SPIN offices after watching the Fever perform, we headed back to my house, ordered Rush Hour, snorted enough heroin to kill Pete Libertines (i'm kidding of course -- it he would've been fine), and talked about how music, just like friends sometimes, can come to you in phases and mean less to you years down the road.

For instance: In 1993 I was obsessed with the Beatles Sgt Peppers and REM. I wanted to be Michael Stipe. I made all my friends sing REM songs in those karaoke booths that you have at Bar Mitzvahs. Sadly, "Shiny Happy People" was the only thing available, and even more sadly, I knew all of Michael Stipes' dance moves from the video. I would even find a baseball cap to wear to the side like he did, and i think that somewhere in my parent's house there exists about 4 different versions of me doing this with my friends. "Baby Got Back" was fun to do as well. Particularly because back then I weighed about 70 lbs and lacked a "back" and didn't understand what "my anaconda dont want nothing if you aint got buns hon."

In 1994 I became obsessed with Nirvana. This obsession lasted about 3 years and intertwined with my obsession with Beck, Hole, and The Smiths (not to mention the crazed obsession I had with my brother's New Wave Hits of the 80s Vol 1-15 collection).

In 1997 I became obsessed with Radiohead and listened to them once a day for nearly three years. I became known around the SPIN offices as the intern with an unnatural obsession with Radiohead. That was followed with obsessions with The Walkmen, Interpol, and Placebo.

All those bands meant more to me than anything in the world. They helped me out with my hardest moments in my life. Heartaches, downfalls, sickness, sadness, those bands were there for me. But then, they'd serve their purpose or something would distract me and I'd have a new obsession (my emo band would be called Her Daily Obsession).

Bands are like friends in that way, for me at least. Some months/years, there's a person who is the closest person to me in my life. If anything happens they're the first person I call. Then that friend might move away to go to college, or pursue a job, or get a boy/girlfriend and I see that friend less and less. It doesn't mean that I love them any less, it just means that my dependency in them isn't so strong. Maybe I'm an emotionally detached person? Anyway, when I listen to REM, Nirvana, and Hole I'm able to appreciate them -- but I don't need them anymore. I'm friendly with them, and if they were actual people instead of songs, I'd want to get brunch with them and catch up on old times and tell them about the new crushes I have and how i'm soooo over John, Orin, Matt, Chris...

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where is the "Secret" Curiosa afterparty on Saturday? I am sure you know! Hook up the info!

michael said...

this was prolly far and away yr best post evs.

Anonymous said...

I concur 100% with your sentiments

Anonymous said...

i agree, great post.
-c

Anonymous said...

heroin scares the shit out of me... but what do i know?

i was thinking the same thing about friends today, nicely said.

xo
jane

Anonymous said...

The could have ended the whole series with that if it was Ultragrrrl M.D., Remember, old friends (and albums) can come back into your life and become best friends again too!

Jeff said...

Donnie Darko's playing at the tiny Cinema Village on 12th and University as well...much better place to see a flick like this, imo.

Anonymous said...

i really liked this entry. it was very true. music can recognize a pain in me better than anything else. it's the best thing around for a tough time.... well maybe snorting heroin is better. what's the verdict ultragirrrl? scat turdly

Anonymous said...

could not agree more.
-d.

Marcus said...

Ha, Orin. Haven't heard that name in a while. And I'm pretty sure you still liked REM in 1994- a year when 1 beer bought for me by your brother at MSG still got me pretty trashed. First concerts rule. 10 years later..

Anonymous said...

i totally agree. i also think people are like albums: with some it's love at first sight(listen), some you take a while to like and afterwards they become fundamental, some you will never like, some you like though no one else does, and some you dislike though everybody else says they're great. It's amazing how much life and music are intertwined.

-bunny the music-addict

Anonymous said...

Sarah--

No worries: the ban on you going to The Village Idiot is lifted. Just stay the hell away from Greg and his Throne of Sin and all will be fine. But get there early; not only will it be crowded but we suspect the Health Department or something like that will try to shut it down on the last night to make sure it's not "the one that got away".

--Lawrence

Anonymous said...

PS: If anyone is going to the Village Idiot, learn this song as it will undoubtedly be played several times Saturday night:

http://www.roguesmarch.com/mp3/never_fear/shut_up_and_drink.mp3

It's by Joe Hurley and Rogue's March and it's about the Idiot. Sarah, you'd like the chorus: "F--k everything / Shut up and drink / I don't wanna hear your s--t tonight and I don't wanna think"

Anonymous said...

nice post today

Anonymous said...

Why are YOU in that stupid human suit?

Greg the Boyfriend said...

Holy shit. Lawrence hates me.

stella said...

just thinking some friends never go out style like some albums ...

Raised By Bees said...

Good post, Sarah.

Wait until you get really old like me and revisit some of your old high school friends and see how some hold up and others don't. I was just writing about a similar issue on my blog.

Let's just say I had some rather strange taste in friends when I was younger.

http://www.herjazz.org/sara/archives/000481.html

Anonymous said...

Greg--

You're not the Greg I was warning her about. However, about me hating you....

--Lawrence