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Friday, February 17, 2006


All Fred up

I have XM radio in my car and lately I've been listening to a lot of Fred. Fred is the modern day equivalent to an oldies station. Here is how the folks over at XM Satellite Radio describe Fred:

Fred is where you'll find the music long ago banished from regular radio.

They also refer to Fred as the station with the "massive library of forgotten music."

To give you an idea of which artists belong in the "massive library of forgotten music," on a typical drive across town I might hear Erasure, New Order, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, The The, XTC, Joy Division, and Ministry.

In fact, just today the kids and I were rocking out to Ministry's "Everyday Is Halloween". That song and Al Jourgensen kick some serious goth rock ass. It's got a strong beat; dark thought-provoking lyrics: Why can’t I live a life for me? Why should I take the abuse that’s served? Why can’t they see they’re just like me? I’m not the one that’s* so absurd...; and last but not least, it has scratching along with howling. It's quite a treat and I like it a lot. I like it so much I crank it up when it comes on. I don't believe in filling my kids' heads with whatever happy kid-friendly garbage music the other kids are listening to. Oh no. My kids listen to Ministry and they LIKE IT!

Listening to these bands and songs are bringing back my own library of forgotten memories. Memories of other times in my life when I hung out with other people and did other things. But I'll save those thoughts for when I write my Diane di Prima-esque autobiography.

I'm glad that I now have new memories to go along with these old tunes. Next time I hear "Everyday Is Halloween", I'm going to think about dancing in the car with Emily and Thomas and how Emily kept laughing and saying, "Dance, Mama! Dance, Thomas!" and how Thomas looked when he wiggled in his car seat in time with the music and how both of them thought that the sight of me bouncing and doing my patented industrial goth moves while driving down Highway 92 was pretty damn funny.

Thank you, Fred.

*We can forgive Al for using "that's" instead of "whose" in this sentence, can't we?

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