Tuesday Morning Jukebox


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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17 Responses

  1. Avatar North says:

    Well that was very pretty.. what were they singing about tho? I missed the words… musta been distracted.Report

  2. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    More fuel for my theory that you can either be attractive or you can rock, but you can not do both.Report

    • Avatar Erik Kain says:

      Oh I disagree with this theory quite a bit. You can’t think of any attractive people who rock? Elvis? Scott Avett? Gillian Welch?

      Of course, the point of this video is not to rock but rather to mock, so there’s that…Report

      • Avatar Tod Kelly says:

        I’m just noticing your new gravatar for the first time. What’s the deal with the enormous head? Is it supposed to be Patrick Swayze?Report

      • Avatar Rufus F. says:

        I’m just saying that most of my albums that really rock are ones by bands that probably should not have put their picture on the cover! There has to be something to inspire a musician to spend hours alone in their room playing an instrument and usually looking like a troglodyte does it. Hell, my band looks like the sort of guys who hang around on street corners drinking out of paper bags!Report

    • Avatar Glyph says:

      Support for your theory: The Stooges, The Stones, The Ramones, too many to count really.

      Counterpoint/exception – he’s lost his damn mind now, but I used to be annoyed that Ryan Adams was both talented/rockin’ AND good-lookin’.

      Here’s him doing what basically amounts to a Replacements song on Letterman:

      He may still be good-lookin’ now for all I know , but it’s been a while since he ‘rocked’ like that.

      Also, I am generally as straight as they come, but young Elvis, and young Bernard Sumner were attractive enough to convince me to possibly switch teams, even if only temporarily.

      Does your theory only apply to male rock stars? I think you can find many more female exceptions to your theory.Report

      • Avatar Rufus F. says:

        Well, the real challenge to my theory is David Bowie, although he was weird enough that it might have compensated. I’m not stepping into the minefield of which women rock or are attractive, though! I will say that my favorite female guitarist, Poison Ivy Rorschach, was in a band that started out looking like kids in a detention center.Report

        • Avatar Glyph says:

          Have you seen them when they were still hippies, before they were Cramps?:


          • Avatar Rufus F. says:

            Oh yeah, I’m a Cramps obsessive, so about five people sent me that picture. They were definitely my favorite live act, although Iggy’s probably close. As for their look, I liked how it sort of developed over the years. They started out looking super scuzzy and then it was like the music made them more beautiful.Report

            • Avatar Glyph says:

              Iggy usually drew a pretty wide age range when he played ’round here, from young skatepunk kids to old crusty Lemmy-lookin’ metal dudes.

              You gotta respect the Ig. A force of nature.

              I never saw The Cramps live 🙁Report

        • Avatar Johanna says:

          Love the Cramps. I chose Ivy as the name for my middle daughter and recently showed her this talented musician who actually chose to change her name to “Poison Ivy”. Not sure my Ivy was ready to embrace the music, but she definitely saw how strong and cool Poison Ivy was.

          There were definitely performers who I saw because although I was not particularly thrilled their music, I really just wanted to watch them. There really are quite a few beautiful male and female performers who are both musically talented in addition to being eye candy.Report

  3. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    “Too white and too male?” Dude, this video featured nothing but white males!

    …Young, athletic white males in swimwear displaying suggestive dance moves. So, um, enjoy the eye candy, gentleladies and thusly-inclined menfolk. Our man E.D. delivered the goods for you today!

    But the irritation to me was that these were auto-tuned white males. Can they really sing or are they just hot? This video doesn’t answer that question. Auto-tune is why I haven’t become a Gleek.Report