holiday wishes III

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Unrelated to the above comic...

I got some new downstairs neighbours a couple months ago, and I've swiftly learned that they like to play music loudly and repeatedly. I've heard Nirvana's greatest hits album once (well, twice; they played it again immediately), and the other night, they were playing "Bohemian Rhapsody," but they love two albums above all others. One is a rap album I can't identify, because they usually play it with the audio adjusted so you can only hear the building-shaking bass; I've only actually heard lyrics once. They tend to play that album, no joke, about twice a day. The other album is Limp Bizkit's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. I'm going to be referring to that album a lot here, so I'm going to abbreviate it to CSHDFW. Anyway, they play CSHDFW a little less frequently, like maybe two to four times a week. Or at the very least, they'll play the song "Take a Look Around."

So the other night, as I was laying in bed and they were playing "Take a Look Around," the thought occurred to me that that that album is 15 years old now. Given the trajectory that music sales have taken since 2000, and the trajectory Limp Bizkit's career has taken in the same time frame, I am willing to bet that a physical, CD copy of CSHDFW has not been sold in about 10 years. And I'm also willing to bet that my neighbours are too trashy to own a stereo system new enough to play digital media, or a computer with speakers that powerful.

There's more than one person living in that unit, but I think the one who makes the decision to play CSHDFW is a guy in his early 30's. And as mentioned, they're all pretty trashy down there. If you're scum by 30, you probably got a good head start in your late teens and early 20's. So he was probably beginning his decent into scummy trashness at just the time Limp Bizkit were popular. Now, I'm not saying that only scummy trash listened to Limp Bizkit back then. Lots of people did. But most people grew out of it. Impressionable teens who are already three years into a cigarette addiction by they time they graduate(?) high school and are just setting out on their careers as losers, however, seem like the sort of people Limp Bizkit would really grab. Which is to say, I bet this guy has owned his copy of CSHDFW since it was new.

All of this just leads to the following: If this guy needs to listen to Limp Bizkit's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water at least twice a week here at the very end of the year 2015, has he been listening to it at least that often for a sustained fifteen-year streak?

That's a terrifying thought.

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