Sunday, November 13, 2005

One more

Dear Los Lonely Boys,

Shut up already. Shut up shut up shut up with the whiny, entirely overplayed "How far is heaven?" business. Shut up.

Here's a tip. To avoid becoming a one-hit wonder, it's a good idea to release another, entirely different song before every person who may have even remotely liked your first song is thoroughly sick to death of it.* I'm sure that I cannot be the only one with the instantaneous, automatic reflex action of hitting an alternate preset position or jamming down my snooze button the very second I hear those first strummy notes of that damn song. Can it really be just me??

I do realize that my blame in this situation may be misplaced. It's entirely possible that you're just as sick to death of "Heaven" as I am at this point. I remember a They Might Be Giants show once, when poor John Linnell introed what is perhaps their most popular work ("Particle Man") with a diatribe about how if someone cut off his head, the arteries at the top of his severed neck would still be pumping out blood to the beat of that famous tune. Is that how you feel about "Heaven"? Has it come to that for you yet? If so, perhaps you'll remember this the next time you consider selling your soul to Clear Channel.

In the mean time, all I have to say is thank God for MPR and The Current.

* I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt here that there are actually some people who remotely liked this song initially. Personally, it's annoyed me from the start, but hey, that's just me.


Anonymous said...

AAHAHA! I like you already. I almost put a hole in my TV with my foot when I saw them get a Grammy.

And thanks. Now I've got the song in my head.

stefanie said...

They got a Grammy for that? I must have missed that, though I guess I'm not surprised. Was it "Best New Artist"? 'Cause if so, that's at least a sure-fire way to make them go away! (I've heard that the Best New Artist award is traditionally a curse that guarantees nothing good will ever come again for that artist!)

Poppy Cede said...

(Scurrying into a corner) Dang, I just put Heaven into my "cheer me up" playlist. I also put Dime Mi Amor in there which is actually a better song, but Heaven is catchy and lifts my spirits. I have a feeling Los Lonely Boys is experiencing the same problem as Los Lobos when they redid La Bamba - the radio stations won't play anything else. Perhaps we should bombard the stations and tell them to play Onda, forcing them to use up 8 minutes of airtime as punishment for overplaying Heaven.