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Late Night Thoughts: Zuckonit
Late Night Thoughts: Zuckonit
01/17/11 at 07:11 PM by Adam Pfleider
Dear You,

Remember that time when you were turned on by the dial of commercial radio before it was a bad thing? Before you even knew what a sellout was, you were dancing to New Kids on the Block and watching their Disney special years before that corporation knew how to turn a dime with a Jonas brother on the corner. The first time you ever heard that favorite Pink Floyd record of yours - the one you think is one of the best classic albums of all time - you scoffed your parents for listening to that "old stuff." Now you own your father's original copy. You followed trends. Explored outlets. Wore the fashion. Then one day, you discovered punk music. Even then, you were probably just trying to "fit in." But it exploded. Each record was a new door. Then you heard an instrumental only song. It took your breath away. Then you heard an album where songs exceeded a two and half minute duration and contained ten solid tracks and not just sixteen "great" ones. Then all the time signatures started to shift. 4/4 was no longer an option. It strolled weakly. Then noise became pleasant. Then harmony evened out the other end of your brain. Things that seemed disheveled and jagged, unpleasant to the ear, well, it became the thing that drives you. Did that sound off? Yeah? Well, that was cool. You begin to rethink those "weird" things you wrote off. Then those old records you scoffed, they make more sense now. They are the classics. They may even be better at a lower quality. Yeah! High fidelity sucks! Fuck the polished. I want the raw end of the cerebral spectrum. That's not punk. Is this rock and roll. That's not cool. That's the next thing to share. Remember when I discovered that band? Maybe some of those old radio bands aren't so bad because one of my favorite bands now likes them, but I'll still mock that playlist I copied off the radio on a cassette for those long drives on the bus home from school. There's a vinyl for that? Wouldn't it be so ironic to have, you know? Just to show people how cool it is that I found it. Let's go see that reunion tour. I hope they only play old stuff. I didn't really like the last record they put out before they broke up. That's why I never got into them. Okay, maybe that one song of that record was good. Hopefully they'll play at least that one - if they play anything new. Hopefully not. Wow, remember when I hated that band? I'm so lucky to be able to see them on their tour, even though I wasn't old enough to get it then. Where's my bottle of Evian?

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