Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Bing Bing Bam Bam

After the travails of the cannon post, I collapsed in a state of nervous exhaustion, and have only now awoken from three days of dreamless slumber. Hello, again. Nice to see you:

Friday night as the full moon rose over downtown and we drove slowly home from dinner at Casamento's and dessert at Angelo Brocato's (yes, they're both open, and life is fine...), we flipped through the radio dial and landed on Q93. As the Gutta Girls "Bing Bing Bam Bam" played, the bass speakers of our newish car throbbed, and I thought These speakers sound pretty good. This led me to wonder how often Subaru Forester stereos get a real low-end workout, because let's face it; Subaru's are about the whitest damn car there is. Damn fine, but also damn white. (Are Volvo's whiter? I actually don't think so.) And this of course led me to ponder what the Venn diagram of Subaru Forester owners and hip-hop radio listeners might look like. I'm pretty sure it would look something like this:

I don't claim we're the only people in that skinny little sliver in the middle, but it sure ain't crowded.


  1. Anonymous9:49 AM

    Er, I see you did not identify with the opening scene of Office Space as strongly as I did...

  2. Uh oh. I loved Office Space, but it's been a long time. Somebody is going to have to remind me about the opening scene.

  3. Anonymous2:48 PM

    Nikki and I groove in our Subura. Maybe its because we have an Outback station wagon, a MUCH less "white" car.

  4. I figured we were neighbors in musico-Subarulogical space.

  5. Up North here, Subaru Forester drivers tend to drive very slowly. I don't think they fit in your Venn slice or anywhere near it. Talk radio is the hottest thing on their tuner.

  6. Anonymous9:51 PM

    I am a Subaru Forester driver and live half way up North but I do not drive slowly. However, I happily am not in that Venn sliver. I will just keep om playing my Willie songs, singing loudly with them and listening to NPR.

  7. Anonymous10:38 PM

    Ahem, yes, you need to watch Office Space again. I think the cross section on that venn diagram is more a big apple shape than a little sliver. I think white people listen to urban radio all over the country. Or atleast on the coasts where most of the people reside. Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, DC, Seattle, hell, let's throw in Chicago... all full of white people in Subarus who know a few words to a Kanye West or Fiddy Cent song. Let's throw in the suburbs and any place there's a college campus, too. Huge overlap.

  8. Damn you, Teresa, and your infernal logic. Allow me, please, the comfort of my meager delusions.

    And will somebody please remind me about the durned Office Space scene?

  9. And I'm still not buying the big-apple-shape. Hondas? Maybe. Subarus? An anemic almond at best.

  10. Since we have both a Forester and a Volvo, I feel it necessary to report that they both see their fair share of the urban jams and NPR - very white yet very well-rounded cars. Oh, and we're up north too. It snowed today.

  11. I will state for the record that our Forester does hear a lot more NPR than Q93, but they are both presets.

    And my view of Subarus may be colored by my rural Virginian upbringing, where they are the vehicle of choice for determined ruralists who raise llamas and live in geodesic domes at the end of quarter-mile long, gravel driveways that cross several streams along the way, and the 4-wheel drive comes in handy in the winter, and there's plenty of room in the back to take tote baby llamas around.

  12. Wasn't that the scene in Office Space? The llamas? With the flair?

    And, I know that I am gonna get it for this, but I work all day with 4th graders, and this problem came up last year once when I was showing them a Venn of mutually exclusive sets:

    Doesn't the Venn suggest something out of a Sir Mixalot video (one I won't name because I have enough explaining to do already)? I mean, since we are talkin about Q-stations and cars.

  13. Mr. Portipont, you're a bad, bad man. Or you instruct bad, bad children.

  14. A little from column A, a little from column B.

    You never met the kids I had last year. When I heard--as I was standing there by the chalkboard in front of two big circles, one labeled "cars" and the other labeled "dogs"--the telltale snickering from the clowns at table 3, I made the mistake of asking what it was all about.
    "Shazaad said boobies."
    My head dropped. My shoulders slumped. I smiled on the inside.

  15. Anonymous8:48 AM

    The opening scene of Office space referred to was of course

    Michael Bolton on the way to work, stuck in traffic, lip-synching and gesturing to a hard-core rap song (when a black man selling roses gets near the car he turns down the radio, schooches down in his seat and “slyly” locks the doors).

    I'm loving some Kanye West these days myself, and I drive a minivan.

    Hey, gotta be real about who you are.

  16. The only Kanye song I know well is "Goldigger", but if it's any indication, he's one of the best lyricists around. "She was spose to buy ya shorty TYCO with ya money. / She went to the doctor got lypo with ya money." How can you top that?

  17. Anonymous10:27 AM

    I love how this comes up as #1 google result for "bing bing bam bam."

    my girlfriend has a subaru outback and you're right, subarus are the whitest cars ever. I never thought about it until I started driving hers. but we do listen to Q93 at least half the time. that new saints song is pretty great.

  18. Anonymous7:27 PM

    i too was looking up "bing bing bam bam..." and it was the first, and i am white and I drive a chevy uplander (CrossOver b/w an SUV and minivan) which is pretty soccer mom and white...and i hit the rap/urban stations fairly often...i teach high school, so i like to hear what they attempt to sing in the halls...