Tuesday, December 14, 2004

What generation gap?

I flipped around the radio dial as I drove to dinner about an hour ago, and as usual, the offerings left a bit to be desired.

Alternative station: Overplayed, overwrought Creed song? You're right; you did create your own prison. Now I wish you'd stay there. Click.

Rap station: Lil' Jon got the beat to make ya booty go clap? Good for him, but I've heard that about 1.7 million times in the last month alone. Plus, Dave Chappelle is nowhere in sight. Click.

Another alternative station: A commercial that doesn't involve Bud Light saluting Real Men of Genius? Click.

Country station: That same whiny, annoying pop song that all "country" artists have produced since 1997? Click.

Oldies station: "Stuck in the Middle With You." OK, I could live with this, but let's see what else is on before I decide. Click.

College station: "Stuck in the Middle With You." What the-- ?!? It's the same song!

That's right: A station with a target audience born before the Korean War and a station run by staffers who barely remember the Reagan presidency were playing the exact same thing at the exact same time. Knowing this moment might come only once in life, I relished it. And then I changed lanes.

I still had to drive, you know.

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