Tuesday, July 17, 2007

...of Two Geographic Weevils

By request:
a) Kansas (the band)

b) America (the band)
Place your vote* (for the lesser of two weevils... which is to say the "better" of the two... such as it is... because there's been some confusion... but hopefully we're squared away).

* I confess, I'm completely out of my league here. Kansas... America... When were they? What kind of hair did they have? How'd they dress? Were there synthesizers? A little or a lot? Oh, right
... that horse song.

5 comments:

  1. America is 50 times better than Kansas.

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  2. When I lived in LA, I went to a "yard sale" by the Beach Boys and America. I bought a synthesizer, road case, and mini mixer from the Beach Boys; and a guitar amp from America.

    The amp never worked, everything else did. Die America, Die.

    And as long as that twit was in the desert, writing that annoying song, you figure he could have named the friggin horse.

    Kansas.

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  3. joshua7:57 AM

    america! ventura highway!

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  4. Confession time: I made this suggestion chiefly because I HATE that horse song.

    Tom Waits once said that a song about a horse with no legs would be more interesting.

    When I was younger, I thought that all lyrics really meant something. "Stairway to Heaven", for instance, was a treasury of wisdom that only a lifetime of hard spiritual journeying could fully reveal. When I read that Tom Waits interview, the scales fell from my eyes. Suddenly I realized that "riding through the desert on a horse with no name" was not in fact a deep insight into the human condition. It was just words strung together to sound cool. And how many more beloved songs were similar? It was a painful moment, and I blame America for the pain.

    Kansas may suck, but "Dust In the Wind" at least means something: everything is futile, everyone dies, etc. etc. Not original, but true. Kansas wins.

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  5. I vote Kansas. Any reflections on the particular sort of pretentiousness that leads one to name one's band "America" or "Kansas"? Kansas's (first?) album is called "Song for America".

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