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The Showcase of Depravity

This is the long hard truth. It goes extra deep.

"Comedy's a dead art form. Now tragedy, that's funny." The Showcase of Depravity showcases... depravity. Wisdom and humor from the perspective of a few disgruntled (& sexy) video store professionals.

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Friday, March 18, 2005

Mario C Likes to Keep it Clean

Alright, I just have to quickly document something that pisses J. Tron 9000 and myself off more than almost anything in this store: people coming in here and complaining about our music. We already lost one customer because he said I acted snidely towards him after he badmouthed Yann Tiersen, the French genius behind the soundtrack to "Amelie." (In actuality, I just acted hastily, wanting him and his awful taste to get out of the store as quickly as possible. He took it to a much more severe place, wrote a letter to Paul, and never came back. Oh well.)

Anyway, so this woman comes in and goes: "How do you listen to this music? It's driving me crazy." Now, sometimes I'll actually side with the customer. If I was playing Aphex Twin or the second DFA compilation I can understand how people would get annoyed or perplexed (because they have). But the album I was listening to was the Beastie Boys' "Hello Nasty," a delicious and entirely accessible dance/rap/pop record.

"Well," I said, "be glad that I don't go into your home and insult your music."

And what's more - "Hello Nasty" was a wild critical and commercial success. I looked up the Rolling Stone review and it gave it FOUR STARS, calling it a "ludicrously fabulous, oftmanic, sometimes mellow twenty-two-song long player." Fuck off, woman.

This is the first Friday when I haven't had to jockey with Kevin for control of the CD player (he mostly likes to listen to really bad AM radio soft jazz and shitty, fluffy rock), and this ho comes in here and starts badmouthing my close, personal friends The Boys. (We met them last fall. Honest.)

I mean, give us a break: we have to stand behind a counter all day and get yelled at and bossed around by our angry Greek boss and most of the general public (some of whom are both angry and Greek). Let us listen to what we want to listen to, shut the fuck up, and let us assist you in a kind and pleasant fashion.


  • At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Film Cynic said…

    paul should give you guys a playlist to be strictly adhered to. what does paul listen to anyway? if i hadn't been strict as to what couldn't be played at the store i ran in nj, one of my employees would have put on black metal every chance she got. have you ever heard that shit? gremlins and synths. horrible.

    customers will complain about anything. no customer ever enjoyed my Donovan cds and they all made a point to tell me so.

  • At 10:59 AM, Blogger Jordan, and ya don't stop said…

    That's because no one likes Donovan. Period.

  • At 11:00 AM, Blogger Jordan, and ya don't stop said…

    well, not true... i like donovan... for the most part. what it is is that no one likes you, chris. period.

  • At 11:02 AM, Blogger Jordan, and ya don't stop said…

    ok ok, i like you chris.
    paul listens to 2 things: U2 and the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album. now, i like RHCP (although i love the earlier stuff much much much more)... the one time paul actually requested to put his own music on it was the the last U2 album.. i dont particularly like U2, but paul puts up with our music all the time so what can i say? let the baby have his bottle
    (just kidding)

    uhh... anyway, longest comment ever.

    p.s. i love gremlins and synths. maybe ill check out black metal. bellieve me, if we could put on ANYTHING we wanted there would be a shitload of jewish jazz music and metallica... even more than their already is.


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