“Together they had overcome the daily incomprehension, the instantaneous hatred, the reciprocal nastiness, and fabulous flashes of glory in the conjugal conspiracy. It was time when they both loved each other best, without hurry or excess, when both were most conscious of and grateful for their incredible victories over adversity. Life would still present them with other moral trials, of course, but that no longer mattered: they were on the other shore.”—Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera.
As a humorous addendum to the previous post, FYE’s computers were down, so I wasn’t able to actually purchase the CD. So I still can’t vouch if it’s any good or not. Way to be, FYE. Didn’t know you guys were going out of your way to lose business, but well played.
When I was eleven years old I used the first money I ever made(shoveling snow or some such) to buy a CD. It seems kind of ironic to me now, especially considering that I haven’t bought a CD in recent memory, and I stopped buying them or even using them as a medium five or six years ago. But I really wanted a CD, and I was eleven, so I got it.
Not just any CD, mind you. Back in the dark ages of 1997, MTV and Vh1 actually showed music videos. My favorite video at the time, maybe ever, was Everlong by the Foo Fighters. If you haven’t seen the video, it’s pretty rad, so I suggest you put it on your to-do list. It’s just these weird dream sequences, and it’s got that classic Foo Fighters essence to it…before you know it, guys are pulling themselves out of other peoples mouths and the band just starts playing while the colors go wild. It was awesome.
So I went out and got The Colour and the Shape, played the hell out of it, took it with me with my discman everywhere…I think one of my art projects in 8th grade was a recreation of the cover art.
Which brings us to the present day. (I don’t know if iit really brings us to the present day, but I needed a segue.) I heard the Foo Fighters came out with a new album, and after a job interview I walked around the mall and came upon it at FYE. As I said, I haven’t bought a cd in years, but the cover was really cool. Check it out.
Then at the bottom I noticed that it looked kind of like their original guitarist’s face. I remembered how back at the MTV Music Awards in ‘97, Pat Smear, the guitarist in question, left the band after they played their set, and it was kind of shocking. Not that the band fell apart after that or something, but I just always dug the way he played and it didn’t feel right without him in the band. By the way, the name Pat Smear never seemed funny to me when I was eleven.
So I sat there for a little while thinking about if I should get the CD or not. I’d heard good things from a few friends whose opinion I trust, and (even though it’s clearly a marketing gimmick) the whole “recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage, all analog, piece of the master tape included!!!!!” is pretty cool. At least it makes me feel like I get my money’s worth. Besides, I don’t see myself buying any CDs in the future. I buy enough LPs as it is, and everything else is on the iPod.
Maybe it also seemed kind of fitting that both the first and last CD I ever buy is a Foo Fighters CD, and it just so happens that a key cog to the band left at the time of purchase one, and returned at the time of purchase two.
Chia’s Note: I’m aware he’s been back touring with the band for a few years now. It’s the first time they recorded together since The Colour and the Shape.
Mitchell is on. Really thinking about how if I ever have children, and one’s a boy, he’s gonna be named Mitchell just so I can do the “Mitchell” call whenever he’s in trouble. Either that or Velociraptor Schwarzenegger.
A while back, the FBI launched “The Vault”, an online database of thousands and thousands of declassified documents, many of which are only interesting to the right people. On set of documents in particular however, that have gone mainly unnoticed relate to the strange crash at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, seems to point to the crash of an alien craft and the recovery of several alien bodies and not a weather balloon. Spoooky.
I haven’t watched Scooby Doo since I was a kid, so let me get this straight. The Joker and Penguin have a five minute head start and a helicopter, and somehow arrive to the destination after the Mystery Machine…which just so happens to have gone out of the way to drop off Batman and Robin. Were they like “Muahahhaa, excellent, our plan is coming to fruition!…but let’s stop for some burgers, no rush.”