[artists] top 10 ways I describe my brother's band to other people

  1. Casual Friday is like...
  2. Cheap Trick meets Black Flag
  3. Cheap Trick takes Black Flag to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  4. The Specials donate a kidney to Big Star
  5. The Jesus and Mary Chain and Urge Overkill invest in a small-cap growth fund together
  6. The Cure spreads nasty rumors about Bad Brains after they break up
  7. Fleetwood Mac loans the Verve Pipe money to open a mid-priced sushi eatery
  8. The Rentals get a B-plus in Sociology 213
  9. Five Iron Frenzy takes some neighborhood kids trick-or-treating, but ends up egging Elvis Costello's mailbox
  10. If the Pixies had a crush on Oasis, and they really want to ask them out, but they're too scared, right, so they ask Spoon to do it instead, but Spoon has kind of a crush on Oasis, too, so they pretend to ask for the Pixies but not really, so the Pixies give up any hope of ever dating Oasis, and Spoon gets to take Oasis to junior prom two months later
  11. Weezer

To tell the truth, #8 sounds quite interesting. While not a fan persay of Five Iron, their music meeting Costello's might be worth checkin' out.

he might give 'em some restraint, show 'em how to hone their pop chops. their songwriting, while excellent by Christian music standards, oculd use that biting edge.

Yeah, I was just wondering if FIF would celebrate Halloween :P Nonetheless, this is a beautiful, creative list. It's better than Cats.

Cats. Hear me as I say pffffffft.

thank you, though.

My theater friends despise me for holding to the opinion that Andrew Lloyd Webber is the most over-rated bag of wind currently working in theater (and that says something). Oh, he even dared to do that to Eliot...

Me, I'm a Stephen Sondheim man, as many of my lists might suggest. My fave is Sunday in the Park with George, followed by Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, and Assassins. I haven't been fortunate enough to see all his work done well yet...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs (Babbling as usual)

Actually, "It's better than Cats" is a tongue-in-cheek phrase that one of my musical friends uses in reference to most anything they do. (The Gifted Children is the band).

I personally, am not a musical fan at all, though I did see Cats on Broadway. There are only 4 musicals that I can stand, all in movie format. I'll keep the details a secret for now...perhaps it will be a list of mine soon ;)

Yeah, didn't that phrase start in a commercial? I seem to recall a travelling hypnotist in the 80s having a funny commercial where people leaving the show were interviewed as to how they liked it. They all answered, "I loved it. It was better than Cats. I'll go back again and again and again."

Or am I wrong here?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Oops, I forgot to mention they all stared into the camera blankly and spoke in monotone, the obvious joke being that they were hypnotized into saying it.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Alright, I did some research. It was a Saturday Night Live fake commercial from 1986 for The Amazing Alexander. All the reviews also read with those lines.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Yes, I knew you were onto something, because his quote always started with "I love it" or "I loved it". Thanks for the tip, now I can harass him with this knowledge :)

Yeah, it was driving me crazy. I *knew* a saw a commercial with that. I just didn't realize it was an SNL "commercial"...


It is a phrase that is repeated often enough that even he might not even know where it originated...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

and here I am taking you literally. oops.