Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Night Sgt. Pepper Died

On Project Runway last night Tim Make-It-Work Gunn told a 23 year old contestant his design was a little too Sgt. Pepper and the kid was all "Who? Wha?"

A part of my soul died thinking the Beatles were no longer in the zeitgeist of references. If you have children and you're not turning them on to the Fab Four, just put down your Jonas Brothers CD and kick yourself in the ass. With a machete.

GodwillsomebodypleasepasstheLSD?

End of chat.

23 comments:

  1. My heart just broke. People need to know their music history.

    I love your blog, btw. :-) (I'm just a lurker)

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  2. As a child, Sgt. Pepper was my favorite soft drink. It's disgraceful that kids today don't know about it.

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  3. tink, I love that one of your fave movies is Hard Day's Night. SUCH a great film. I own it on VHS, meaning I taped it off TV when I lived in NY.

    jenee, now I know where my LSD went.

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  4. No no no. How could he not know??
    My niece is aware of all the greats who were passed down to me by my aunt.

    I really don’t like being compared to her though, because she also tried to adopt me when I was 10, BY FORCE.
    She would also have weird Joan Crawford moments when I would visit her.

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  5. I saw that interchange last night and I, too, wanted to sob.

    My son is 15. When he was 10, we were in the car together and I had Revolver playing. He was quiet a while, and then after the third song, he asked me what band it was. I explained.

    He decided he loved The Beatles, and I proceeded to give him every CD we had and downloaded the ones we didn't.

    A few days later, when he'd exhausted those, he asked if they were making any new CDs in the future. So I had to break it to him that they'd broken up 20 years before he was born. No more CDs.

    After a few pensive moments, he asked me if they were making music on their own. It was then, that I had to explain that only three of them were alive (at the time). So in the course of 3 days, the boy went from discovering the Beatles, to learning every word of every song, to surviving their breakup, to the tragedy of John's death. It was a traumatic time for him.

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  6. The music teacher at our whole middle school does an entire unit on the Beatles. My kids are covered!

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  7. The Evil Genius' favourite Beatles song is Octopus's Garden, followed closely by Yellow Submarine. I have Sgt. Pepper's and The White Album on reel-to-reel (along with some Rolling Stones and a few others), an actual LP of Abbey Road and one titled "The Beatle's Second Album", CDs of Help and Hard Day's Night.

    I am rather glad to have missed that television moment, as I would have been tempted to throw something at the TV and mutter imprecations about whippersnappers.

    Shade and Sweetwater,
    K

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  8. I wonder how many kids think that famous (and oh-so-LONG) Beatles song is called "Hey Dude"?

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  9. So glad schools have not forgotten, Jenn. And CANDY, wow, your poor son! Bee, your family is strange. But at least you get material off them. S&S, yes, you would have thrown some shit at the TV. Hey Dude! Too funny, Michael.

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  10. surcie11:15 AM

    PS: You know what the problem is? The Beatles' music is not available on iTunes!

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  11. surcie11:16 AM

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  12. surcie11:17 AM

    Uh, my comment before the PS one totally disappeared. I said something about that dude being an idiot in general.

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  13. Surcie, Michael Jackson owns the Beatles music, and he needs the money so WTF?

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  14. Slays me. So much excellent music out there and there has to be Jonas and Naked Brothers. I know kids really like other kids and that's mostly what it's all about, but still. We don't have that shit in our house, but I'm sure we will. *sigh*

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  15. Thanks to my brainwashing ... uhhh ... tutelage ... yeah, that's it ... my son is very much enamored of the Beatles. And the Stones and AC/DC and Cheap Trick and the Doors and Jefferson Airplane. And trance and electronica, too.

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  16. I also saw this on PR last night. For all it's worth, I can't imagine this guy (Blayne) knowing anything that goes beyond a tanning bed. Too many minutes baking has done some brain damage.

    Not to mention he looks like a saddle with a blond mop.

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  17. I think what people are forgetting is that 23 year olds are stupid...About EVERYTHING. On a similar note, I asked a guy in my office to draw me a sketch of Felix the Cat. He was like "Felix who?" He is dead to me now. I think it is wrong not to know who Felix is much less alone the Beatles.

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  18. You're right - I've been woefully remiss.

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  19. Oh my GOD! What?!

    By the way, love the new blog look!

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  20. My kids are 20 and 23. They grew up being force-fed Beatles, Led Zep, Clapton and all the other classic rock.
    We considered it part of good parenting!
    My brother's girls are 6 and 8. They are in love with the Beatles and Bob Marley. The 8 yr old can spout, verbatim, John Lennon's bio
    and they know all the words to No Woman No Cry.

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  21. oh yes my kids were brought up on the Beatles...we do a pretty cool family version of yesterday in 4 part acapella

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  22. Problem with your last remark is that some of us guys on Geritol can't even spelll LSD any more. No kidding. And of course, they never could tell you what it stood for!

    I often wonder which is worse--the younger generation who only knows the most recent folds of the pop culture or my own, who have not kept track of anything or anyone. Go mention 20 persons from your crazy youtth to your old friends and see if anyone knows their current dispensation or situation. (Can't use the super-famous Beatles or Bob Dylan--all else is fair game.)

    Example: Abbie Hoffman -- record producer or mayor of San Marcos, Texas? (this is a trick question, okay?)

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  23. Happy to say my kids (13 & 17) knew what Tim was talking about and they think Blane is a complete idiot.

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