Mar 14, 2007
It’s kind of a slow day for football news, so it’s a good time to cover some off-football stuff. I have two things today:
Saw The Shins live in Philly last night at a small place called The Electric Factory, which actually used to be an old factory. It’s a great place to see a show; I saw the Foos there in 1997 supporting The Color and the Shape album and I battled for 90 minutes in the front row for an incredible show. I was 28 at the time, and I remember feeling old while basically brawling with a bunch of 18 year olds (I kicked their asses). Last night, I certainly felt older. I thought I’d see more people my age, since The Shins are in their mid-30s and play mostly mellow and retro-sounding music. But I would say the average age of the people in attendance was about 30. Once again, it seems people in my age group have no clue when it comes to newer bands and music (unless they have migrated to Country). Anyway, as I warned my son (14) beforehand this was not an in-your-face live act. But as someone who was very familiar with all 18 songs, I though they were excellent. Sound was good, James Mercer’s voice (one that has a very large range) was sharp and strong, and the band overall was very tight. I highly recommend buying anything they’ve ever done and plopping down whatever it costs to see them live.
I attended the show with a friend of mine and his wife, and he kept calling me “bro” all night, which kind of annoys me. I asked him why he was using it, and he made a good point: “Dude” was okay in like 1984, when we were in high school, but it falls a little flat now. It’s like if you use that word now, an imaginary mullet automatically appears on your head. I’ve long felt that black people – and I suppose the whole hip-hop culture covering any race – were light years ahead of whites – and I suppose the whole rock and country culture covering any race – in terms of their vernacular, lingo, slang, nicknames, etc. I mean, it’s not even close.
I can say that it’s a rap or hip-hop culture thing to optimize my political correctness, but let’s keep it real: black people invented all those catchy and colorful words, phrases, and salutations like “Dawg” and “Keepin’ it real.” Maybe I’m wrong and there’s a cornucopia of lively nicknames and the like used by white people elsewhere. But from where I’m standing, here in New Jersey, we’re still stuck on “dude.” It’s gotten so bad, that we’re now using “bro,” which is a salutation black people invented and used like 30 freaking years ago. C’mon now, there’s no creativity there.
Dude, we can do better than this.