I Need to Return Some Videotapes

My super charming, middle-aged best friend from Germany who once froze a dead cat because he didn’t want the owner to think it passed away so quickly on his watch so he was going to microwave it right before the she came back from vacation, thinks I’m ahead of the curve when it comes to the movie/music/art scenes.

That is a fallacy.
I only give the illusion that I am. Just like how many people think I’m tall because I’ve been wearing heels since I was 13 (like my grandmother, which practice recently got her in trouble on the treadmill where she fell and broke her wrist). I’m typically anywhere from 2-6 months behind the latest music/movies/books which is why this blog will never be on the cutting edge for knowledge thirsty hipsters. Unless you want to know anything about Pee-Wee Herman, then I’m super on the ball.
So, I’m SURE you’ve already seen this video below. I typically don’t post videos on my blog (unless it’s Pee-Wee Herman), but this one I just can’t resist. It sandwiches together possibly my two favorite things on this planet (besides Pee-Wee Herman)- “This Must be the Place” by Talking Heads and Bret Easton Ellis. Let me share with you how much I love each:
This Must be the Place-
-According to Itunes, I have listened to over 5,000. That does not include listening to it in the car or on various computers and Ipods through the past ten years I have loved this song. There is a good chance that everyone in my life secretly hates me for this and has never told me.
-I want this song played at my wedding and funeral. I don’t give a shit what my husband wants.
-If I ever get a tattoo, it will be of the first line in this song, “Home is where I want to be, pick me up and turn me ’round”. Or a mural of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse on my chest.
-I distinctly recall the first time I ever heard this song. I was sixteen years old and had rented the 15th Anniversary Re-release of Stop Making Sense on DVD. Within the first few seconds of hearing the keyboards juxtaposed with David Byrne’s minimalist photography onscreen, I was hooked.
Bret Easton Ellis-
– I own and have read all his books (except for friggin’ GLAMORAMA, that one is like pulling teeth)
-I used to read LESS THAN ZERO every time I flew from L.A. to back home in NY. However, instead of cocaine and models, it was flannels and Keystone light.
-I shop at Oliver Peoples and exercise a daily facial cleansing regiment. A very serious facial cleansing regiment.
And this Talking Heads/Bret Easton Ellis combo is totally fitting considering that Bret Easton Ellis typically quotes Talking Heads songs in his novels and Talking Heads wrote a song call “Psycho Killer”. They’re practically BFFs now.
With all this being said, the cover below sucks ass (I’m sorry Miles Fisher, you’re insanely adorable and do an excellent performance in this music video, but the cover sounds like it should be on Radio Disney).
So start your morning off right with Patrick Bateman’s cover of “This Must be the Place”.

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  • Reply Melanie's Randomness May 12, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Oh I'm usually behind in everything too. Your friend did what?!?!?! LOL!! That's horrible but twistedly funny!!

    This post is so awesome, I love the American Psycho reference. I say your title line all the time. I never realized the correlation btwn the talking heads & the pyshco killer!!

    Love the cover!!

  • Reply Kristen May 12, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I can relate… I feel tragically behind in music and movies and what not. It's especially bad when friends say to "god, you don't know you XXX is? you used to be so on the ball!"

    alllllso, I agree with you in Glamorama, but truly I thought Lunar Park was awful too. I never re-read it… in fact, it's the only book of his that I've actually re-sold (I even kept Glamorama! hah!)

  • Reply WILDasaMINK May 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Glad someone else shares my crazy love of heels. If I ever wear flats all I hear from people is how I'm not as tall as they originally thought I was. Heels are magical, and they make people think we're tall amazonian women–or so I hope. I too have been wearing them nonstop since 13!

  • Reply stefanie May 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    i just recently admitted, out loud, that i want to play this must be the place at my wedding. i've never told anyone any of the "i want this at my wedding" thoughts that i have because i think it makes other people uncomfortable when you're not actually planning your wedding.

  • Reply cjschlottman May 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I downloaded This Must be the Place so I could hear it for the first time – PLEASE don't judge me – it would be age discrimination. I love it!

    Another great post, Lauren. (I am REALLY behind on lots of things).

  • Reply steff May 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    i like to think im "with it" when it comes to the latest and greatest whatever but, truth is, im WAAAAAAAAAAY too stubborn to jump upon bandwagons without giving things some time to settle down. essentially i let the general public guide my opinion (what does that say about me?) which is why i still have a blackberry and not an iphone. i think i may have to bite the bullet on that one tho. i hate my blackberry…

  • Reply emily May 14, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Sometimes the newer stuff just isn't has good as the not-so-new stuff! I go through phases where I think I'm in a "music slump"…only to realize that all I really needed to do was revisit some artists or albums that hadn't been in heavy rotation. (I'm also infamous for my love of radio and pondering when it stopped being a forward or innovative medium…so that may be a little TOO outdated, haha).

  • Reply The Frustrated Dinosaur May 15, 2010 at 12:30 am

    My friend edited this music video. True story.

  • Reply skinnydip May 23, 2010 at 2:28 am

    I haven't been able to get through Glamorama either. I'm glad its not just me.

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