I think I have finally recovered from the WVU/Texas Tech. It isn’t too often you get to watch your team piss away a shot at a national championship and a Heisman in one game, so I got that going for me.
In my 42 years, I have learned that any recovery involves Perry Farrell:
I’ll also be listening to the Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream, as well as some Seven Mary Three Cumbersome. I’m treating this loss like a bad breakup. Once the emo is done, I will move on to Pauls’s Boutique to lift my spirits.
The Who made millions on teenage Wasteland (***update*** Shit. I won’t even correct this and will just take my lumps). Why is there no middle-aged wasteland anthem?
Also too, fuck Craig James and Texas Tech. Seriously, Mountaineers- 49-14?
Fer fuck’s sake.
Why is there no middle-aged wasteland anthem?
Man, that one is just really hanging over the plate. I feel like a total simpleton not having some clever example in mind.
Matt Barkely on Line 2.
I cooked breakfast for The Smashing Pumpkins, before they were famous – they were still driving their own van on a cross country tour (1991). I saw their show at Zoots on Friday night they slung them hash at Simple Simons on Saturday morning. And then they became famous. Co-incidence? Probably.
I think it’s called “Little Red Corvette.”
Hey, maybe it will be like 2007 and everyone else will lose and you’ll get back on top again. I don’t think Florida’s going undefeated and South Carolina lost. As a Mizzou and Illinois fan, I have NO SUCH WORRIES!
Short Bus Bully
John, your taste in music is always inspiring. Go Mountain Song and Ocean Size before you’re done tonight, you’ll be better for it.
Jeter has a fractured ankle, and will miss the remainder of the postseason.
Jeter: broken ankle, out three months.
Over/under on number of times the media refers to him as The Captain? I’ll go with a million.
The same Craig James that killed 5 hookers while at smu? http://frontburner.dmagazine.com/2012/05/09/once-and-for-all-did-craig-james-kill-five-hookers-at-smu/
It’s irresponsible not to speculate.
Also too, the “Nothing’s Shocking” art is awesome early 90’s culture.
You’re gonna get creamed for this one John Cole.
Middle-aged wasteland: it’s in the CDs marked “Guided By Voices.” Enjoy.
As a Texas Tech Red Raider (class of ’91), I apologize, but look at it this way: those poor fucks have to live in Lubbock. Let them have this.
Oh, poor twisted John.
As for middle-aged wastelands, I once heard someone describe What’s Love Got To Do With It as such, although I’m skeptical.
Middle-aged wasteland== “smooth” jazz?
@handy: Nah, Middle-aged wasteland = Putumayo World Music CD from Starbucks.
It’s called Baba O’Riley
I wonder if he had a hairline fracture from a couple nights ago (batted ball off same foot). Video tonight didn’t look like enough to snap his ankle unless his spikes caught in some freak manner (didn’t see it in the video).
Political Wire has two new polls. Both good news for the good guys.
Up in Arizona and Ohio.
Title for Middle Age Wasteland:
I was thinking the same thing. Wouldn’t surprise me.
@The Dangerman: IIRC Jeter fouled the ball off his left foot/ankle three times in game 4 against the O’s.
I suppose there is no middle-aged wasteland anthem because people just aren’t inclined psychologically to be angsty and nihilistic at that point in their life. I mean, when you’re a teen, you think you’re going to live forever and nothing will ever change, so you have the luxury of feeling a little cynical and nihilistic about things. By the time you’ve hit your 40’s, most people have already become acutely aware that they’re not immortal and time isn’t on their side. It’s a little hard to feel nihilistic and cynical when you wake up every morning realizing that you’re only a couple decades or so away from the adult-diaper, 7 pills before noon, can barely remember your own name stage of life. Granted, that realization probably would leave some people feeling even more cynical, but I imagine most people are just happy they have all of their hair, aren’t yet going too gray, and haven’t had to experience a major health problem of their own yet.
John – May I suggest Porcupine Tree? Of course, not sure how you feel about prog rock, but Steven Wilson kicks ass.
Anesthetize After the guitar solo, it really starts really starts to rock.
Sound of Muzak
Just about any song on Deadwing and “In Absentia” kick ass. I like their older stuff but it’s more of a “space rock” style.
Dem leaning, no? Still, up in AZ. That’s just wow.
Death Panel Truck
Pete Townshend did write a middle-age wasteland song.
It’s called “However Much I Booze,” from The Who By Numbers.
“But however much I booze/There ain’t no way out!”
Old Dan and Little Ann
Seeing Mariano Rivera crumpled in pain on the field earlier this year and now Jeter tonight. This after blowing 3 bases loaded opportunities and a crazy 9th inning comeback. Fuck!
“Gish” is the best Pumpkins album. Raw 90’s alterna-grunge dream sludge.
Middle-aged wasteland? It’s a little down-tempo and a little before your time, but Danny O’Keefe takes a good shot with “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues.”
(But maybe middle age should be a little down-tempo.)
Or how about Willie Nelson, “Funny How Time Slips Away.”
for middle aged blues:
courtesy of Mr. Edmunds
and another from Mr. Lowe
Johnny Cash, Man comes around.
@Death Panel Truck: There’s a whole genre of country music about either hitting rock bottom or just swimming above it. The reason though that there aren’t more middle-aged wasteland songs is that adults kind of know better specifically what is troubling them.
Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN)
@Cain: Geez, Anesthetize isn’t even the best song on the album.
I’ve really been getting into Sylvan and Mystery lately.
Death Panel Truck
@Suffern ACE: The lyrics of “However Much I Booze” indicate to me that there’s an angst in Townshend’s soul that he really doesn’t understand.
I’d say that West Virginia’s performance today was like the next track off of this album, particularly with regards to the line about slapping yourself in the face. But as mentioned earlier, you could be a fan of Missouri–a team that can’t beat Vanderbilt–so there’s always someone else worse off.
Anything by Richard Thompson is middle-aged wasteland.
@Tissue Thin Pseudonym (JMN):
That’s my favorite song.. it gets your feet moving. “Way Out Here” is pretty awesome as well.
Also Rush’s new album Clockwork Angels is pretty damn good.. My favorite is BU2B Some really great music there.
I’m staying out of the middle age wasteland.. although I did dive into Rush which I guess is even older than middle age wasteland? :-) But then again they are still putting new albums which are relatively fresh.
Still looking for some new music. :-) I like some of Opeth’s later stuff, minus the death metal.
@orygunian: Cole needs to break his rusty cage.
James E. Powell
When your middle-aged, if you’re doing it even close to right, you know you can’t comfort your angst by declaring to be a wasteland, a nothing. It’s filled with stuff, and you, and people and things you like.
Middle-age is more like this or this.
And if that’s a bit much, just start with the first album Steve Earle did after he got out of jail. Then move forward one at a time.
Jesus. Christ. Ur serious with these song choices….? Jesus Effing Christ
James E. Powell
Saw a headline on my google: Brit Hume says Joe Biden looked like a cranky old man.
It Hume afraid that Biden is stealing his act?
@stannate: It’s not like the team has any connection to west Virginia other than the uniforms. I don’t think there’s a single west Virginia native on the roster, and the coaches and AD are all Texans.
As for Craig James, this:
He finished a distant fourth with about 4% of the vote. Public Policy Polling found during the race that “as Craig James has become better known he’s just gotten more and more unpopular.”
Welcome to the Big 12. It happens about twice every three years in this conference.
Middle-aged wasteland would be “Losing My Edge” by LCD Soundsystem. Said song also happens to be the best song ever recorded.
Pavement – Terror Twilight
Isn’t it cute how Mizzou and A&M actually thought they would be competitive in the SEC?
And speaking of teams that’re worse off than yours, how about Auburn? Losing to Arkansas is one thing, but getting blown out in the fourth quarter by Ole Miss is just plain embarrassing. Tommy Tuberville must be grinning so hard his face is gonna break.
I feel for Cole. First the Tar&Urine, now the Inbred Coalminers–in the span of less than 48 hours.
@Hill Dweller, @Comrade Luke, @PeakVT, @Old Dan and Little Ann: Confusion to the Skankees, & fuck all their fans with a rusty chainsaw.
ETA: Awaiting moderation? FYWP! We’ll see if it shows up by morning…
For middle-aged wasteland listen to Pulp’s “This is Hardcore”, then take your pick. Heck, there’s even a song with the lyric “I’m not Jesus, but I have the same initials” that you can pretend was just for you.
Paul Motian Band – Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
I’ve posted this link before. I just got a notification that the album it’s from is available for $1 from an amazon seller. Two ninety eight shipping. Figured I’d throw it out there. Feel weird about putting a direct link, but it should be easy enough to find.
It could be worse, John. You could be a Longhorn fan, like me.
Middle-aged wasteland seems like half of Springsteen’s output; the most anthemic off the top of my head is Atlantic City (leaving aside Born in the USA which is so anthemic that it makes people miss the point), but I’m probably missing something. See also: Dylan, “When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky”, “Idiot Wind”, or “Up to Me” and “Tangled Up in Blue” for quieter takes.
Also Talking Heads, “Once in a Lifetime”…
“Losing My Religion.” I was young when the song came out and it made me feel old. I don’t mean that in a negative way.
@wasabi gasp: Same seller has a shitload of albums marked down to $1(+sh) including the Pavement album I posted earlier in this thread. I picked up 9 CDs for around forty bucks, so far. If you’re a CD buyer with something on your mind, today might be a good day to give amazon a peek.
One middle-aged anthem, at your service:
John Eddie – Forty
“Dancing for Money” by Talking heads is a pretty good middle age wasteland song. Nobody’s ever heard it, though.
The Red Pen
Seeing Smashing Pumpkins live on Thursday. Then flying to DC for a wedding. Hopefully I will also be celebrating a resurgent Obama campaign.
middle age wasteland? jethro tull– ‘fat man’
people would say that i was just good fun…
I saw how you slid that in there. Man, that’s a low blow in a thread related to age. :-)
The new Pumpkins album Oceania is excellent. If Billy Corrigan can rock it like he used to, so can you, Cole.
‘Mother’s Little Helper’ by the Rolling Fucking Stones in 1965.
‘Is That All There Is? by Peggy Lee.
The Kinks Are The Villiage Green Preservation Society’ album and 50% of the songs Ray Davies was writing in the late 60’s.
Speak for yer fecken self. Staring at 40, unemployed and currently sitting in a hospital bed (it was serious, but I’ll be fine, at least until I get the bill), I am basically nothing but angst and nihilism.
Sorry to be a downer. The music selections are basically what I grew up on.
James McMurtry is all about the middle-age wasteland.
@Azelie: Yep. I love his music. Seems to always be about not being happy where you are and wanting to go somewhere else.
Hell man, you want middle-aged anthem, I go with Billy Strayhorn’s masterpiece (Johnny Hartman’s version) “Lush Life”
romance is mush
stifling those who strive
I’ll live a lush life in some small dive
and there I’ll be, while I rot with the rest
of those whose lives are lonely too
As a Kansas State fan, I was rooting for WVU, because the last thing I wanted was to face a pissed off team on their home turf next weekend. Still, should be a great game and we’re making the trek to Morgantown.
Pretenders, “Time, the Avenger”.
Grateful Dead, “Touch of Grey”.
Ugh, you have the musical tastes of a true sports fan.