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March 20, 2005

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Listener Paul

I was wondering if that was Hootie.

Rick Ele

I seriously think Hootie could have a redeemable--if much less profitable--career ahead of himself now that he's apparently graduated from a decade of dreadful "underbite singing" in the mold of Eddie Vedder and that dude from the Crash Test Dummies. My mom, a big fan of old Western cowboy poetry, *loves* that Hootie commercial.

melinda

hello, this is random and unrelated.. but i found this website off google when searching for dschinghis khan videos. I was wondering which ones you have..? and if you would be willing to send me some that I dont have. i may have some other dschinghis khan stuff if you want to trade or something.
thanks in advance

James

The worst thing about that damn commerical is that they're evicerating an amazing song. Burl Ives and Pete Seeger and whoever sang it in "O Brother Where Art Thou" should team up to show Hootie what "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" is really about.

Why anyone would trade a lake of stew and whiskey too, where you can paddle all around in a big canoe for this bacon cheddar ranch garbage is beyond me.

buckeye girl

A dissenting opinion - I love that commercial. I stop what I'm doing and watch it every time it's on. I honestly want to eat a tendercrisp bacon cheddar ranch just to thank them for giving me that commercial.

Then again, I've always had a soft spot for Darius Rucker and have paid to see Hootie on more than one occasion. So maybe I am not to be trusted.

buckeye girl

A dissenting opinion - I love that commercial. I stop what I'm doing and watch it every time it's on. I honestly want to eat a tendercrisp bacon cheddar ranch just to thank them for giving me that commercial.

Then again, I've always had a soft spot for Darius Rucker and have paid to see Hootie on more than one occasion. So maybe I am not to be trusted.

dan b

thanks for the report -- i am truly unhappy that i have missed no fun fest every year since its inception, damn it. plus, it would have made for an extreme counterpoint to my prior weekend, spent with ~250 people singing early american folk music at the western massachusetts shape note convention. although, come to think of it, the two scenes really *do* have a lot in common...

re: the commodification of noise -- i recall huge discussions about this on the usenet group alt.noise back ten years ago when i was much more involved in that scene. i just don't believe it will ever happen. although, as you report, noise is drawing a bigger and, happily, more diverse crowd, only a select few will ever love it for more than mere novelty. besides, thurston's been wearing merzbow shirts to SY concerts for years, and if that's as mainstream a push as noise gets, burger king will never jump on the bandwagon. although i'm sure whitehouse could come up with some very, very gnarly uses for a bacon cheddar ranch sandwich.... but the real reason i think noise will never be commodified is the deep antipathy to commericalism in the scene. it's really a core value.

btw, did you get to see workbench (side project of mike from double leopards)?

lefty von righty

The bacon cheddar ranch commercial has made it into the daily comics. Check out The Boondocks.

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