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January 10th, 2008


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04:50 pm
I having been trying so very hard not to get all amazed and gawk-like when I find that someone hasn't seen or heard of what, to me and an enlarged social circle, at least, is a popular or well-known phenomenon ("YOU'VE NEVER SEEN STAR WARS?!") I mean, I never reacted in all caps with italics, but I did respond with wide eyes and stuff.

Today however I heard someone in the office talking about Joe Jackson tickets to another person on the phones. Turns out he'll be playing the Somerville Theatre in April and by gum I'll go as soon as I have enough money to mortgage for a balcony seat.

"Holy cats!" I said. "Joe Jackson's playing at the Somerville? Awesome!"

Two people immediately went "Who's Joe Jackson?" Now these weren't your average just-graduated-from-college types, but people actually older than I. I couldn't help it. I had to boggle.

But once I explained he was the guy who sang Steppin' Out and Is She Really Going Out With Him (not to mention he's The Man who gave you the hula hoop) they both went "Ohhhh! Okay!"

But for one brief, not-so-shining moment... confusion reigned supreme.

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From:ron_newman
Date:January 10th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
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My reaction is different -- "Joe Jackson still performs?"
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From:derspatchel
Date:January 10th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
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We can only wish, hope, and pray.

That would probably be the BEST CONCERT I'D EVER SEE.
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From:del_the_psycho
Date:January 10th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
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I seem to render cheezdanish into that state regularly, as I can't remember celebrity names of nearly any variety or venue for the life of me. I just don't. That sort of thing isn't outstanding to me and my memory doesn't retain much of anything anyways, so.

With that said, I have no clue who you're talking about either. Hurf durf. :B
From:sernin
Date:January 10th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
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I wouldn't know the name (and just now checking online to hear those two songs, the music) if Megan hadn't posted about him for the last 10+ years.
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From:sdn
Date:January 10th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
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can i steal your icon?
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From:fancycwabs
Date:January 10th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)

This is sure to get you good and miffed...

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Shoeless Joe left baseball and because a famous pop star
And he asked the musical question is she really going out with him
He had a couple albums and a comeback in the 80’s
But he never won a Grammy and he never was the same
And he never could be satisfied with critical acclaim
Cause the critics all confused him with the great Elvis Costello
Yes the critics all confused him with the great Elvis Costello


It would be awesome, although I'd probably go get everyone drinks during "Steppin' Out."

Edited at 2008-01-10 10:28 pm (UTC)
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From:cursethedark
Date:January 11th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)

Re: This is sure to get you good and miffed...

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Fifty points.
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From:k_sui
Date:January 10th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)

Look Sharp!

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Had a similar cultural disconnect experience with someone who thought La Dolce Vita was somehow related to Livin' La Vida Loca. There was nearly violence.
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From:sdn
Date:January 10th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)

Re: Look Sharp!

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::snorts with laughter::
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From:ron_newman
Date:January 10th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Now that I've Googled his recent activities a bit ... does he plan to smoke a cigarette on stage?
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From:grendelyn
Date:January 10th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
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(I've never seen Starwars.)
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From:spwebdesign
Date:January 10th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Neither have I. But Star Wars, on the other hand, is the greatest movie of all time.
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From:spwebdesign
Date:January 10th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
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I had never heard of Joe Jackson (without the "Shoeless" prefix, that is) until I read your last post mentioning him. That said, I still don't know any of his music. I suppose I should look up those songs you mention?
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From:ron_newman
Date:January 10th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
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Now to me, those are totally famous songs. But then, I'm Old.
From:ruthling
Date:January 10th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Joe has taken a couple of rather odd songwriting style turns over the years.
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From:sdn
Date:January 10th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
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i've never actually seen star wars. not kidding.
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From:juldea
Date:January 10th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
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I never heard Stepping Out before dating londo and his music collection, and never heard Is She Really Going Out With Him? before Da Vinci's Notebook covered it, and have still never heard the original. I didn't even know it was not their original song. So nyeah?
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From:quodlibetic
Date:January 11th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
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Gaaaah!

(sorry, huge huge Joe Jackson fan...)

Check out a vintage performance of ISRGOWH by Joe Jackson here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=3RWyFX3UO_E . It's good, I swear. :)
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From:bex77
Date:January 10th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
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I tend to boggle at my office mates a lot, because I work with college students.
But the absolute worst was when I came back from a new restaurant (since closed)
called Hoffa's. I told them it was fine, other than the unfortunate name. Blank
stares. It reminds me of Jimmy Hoffa, I say. Who? KIDS!

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From:ron_newman
Date:January 11th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
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Some folks think Bloc 11 was not a great choice of name for the new coffee shop in Union Square. (Scroll down to fourth comment.)
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From:cursethedark
Date:January 11th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
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I was actually introduced to Joe Jackson by the cover of "I'm The Man" by Buck-O-Nine. It's still one of my favorites.
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From:minkrose
Date:January 11th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
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Andy does that to me sometimes - aside from him being 3 years younger, he grew up in a cabin in northern minnesota with no running water. Electricity, sure, but they only rented videos from their local library, which did not have a great selection.


I've been introducing him to all sorts of music and movies that he had never seen before. We just recently finished up the Indiana Jones series. But at least I have the advantage of having him around all the time so I *can* expose him to all the good stuff!

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