In my old job, I used to have this game I’d play w/ my team. I called it “Random Play All” because that’s the mode in which I tend to listen to my digital music player. The premise of the game was if you could guess the song and artist from which a lyric came that I’d heard at some point that day, you’d win something. Anyway…
So this morning on the bus, Jane’s Addiction’s “Ted, Just Admit It” pops to the top of random play all and suddenly I realized that Perry Farrell’s heroin habit set him up nicely as media critic. Witness the following lyric:
The TV’s got them images
TV’s got them all
It’s not shocking!
Every half an hour
Someone’s captured and
The cop moves them along…
It’s just like the show before
Now the news is just another show
With sex and violence…
I believe Nothing’s Shocking, the album from which this song came, was released in 1989. 20 years later and not much has changed (except Perry’s cleaned up and making crappy music now).
(Side note: Yes, I said digital music player and not iPod or iPhone. I’ve got a 16 gig Creative Zen if anyone wants to know and yes its fabulous and the size of a credit card and only slightly thicker than one w/ a crisp 16:9 screen that’s great on a plane for movies, and no I don’t like owning music, digitally or on discs, or products from Apple so I subscribe to Rhapsody and rent access to millions of songs for the price of one CD per month.)