I remember the day when I didn't have to be so grown up and serious about music. The first record I ever bought was the single "Pac-Man Fever." I would crank it up and make that Atari 2600 my bitch! I used to ride my BMX bike up and down my street playing Michael Jackson's Thriller on my boom box, while wearing my John McEnroe headband, sunglasses I'd purchased at Sears for $12.95, and only one glove just like Michael. It was my mom's yellow glove, which she used for weeding, but it was a glove. Then I would take our rowboat out on the lake and crank up Weird Al Yankovic's "Another One Rides the Bus." I had no idea he was actually satirizing anybody, I just rowed the boat and sang along. I would play Dexy's Midnight Runners' "Come on Eileen" and do my "To-Ra To-Ra To-Ra To-Ra Ayyyy" dance in our driveway. I could sing you the entire King Missile song, "Detachable Penis." When Beck's "Loser" would come on the stereo I'd dance around the restaurant where I worked and sing along at the top of my lungs. Bad for tips, great for getting fired. These songs don't have serious messages; they weren't presented by packaged professionals trying to sell a hip image. These songs were made to make dorks like me look even dorkier. It worked, and I enjoyed myself immensely. Sometimes you have to just enjoy the fun side of music. How else can you understand the popularity of The Presidents of the United States of America? If you want to get back to your fun roots, check out the local band Dodi. They have a new self-titled full-length out. From start to finish, it never falls short of pure entertainment.
Listen to John entertain himself weekdays from 6-10am on 90.3 FM KCMU and live on the Web at www.kcmu.org.