(disclaimer, kind of a rant/vent)
I’ve been in the car a total of two hours in the past two days. That’s a lot for me. Ever since my 20 year-old Jeep rusted out from under me and my mechanic put his arm around me and said, no more, have I been using Zipcar. (Ok, you sign up for Zipcar and then can reserve cars all around to use. That enough explanation for that? Good.)
So generally I would take my ipod, plug it in and go. Now, I was going to try to bullshit and say that why I haven’t done that lately is because I wanted to get a feel for what other people are listening to by just leaving whatever radio station I found on in the car going and listen to that. In all honesty, I can’t find my cord to charge my ipod. I cleaned. I organized. Well, I’m sure you know. The decision to leave the station on whatever I found it on was kind of a conscious decision based on the reason I stated above, but mostly at first I forgot to change it.
In those two hours I was in the car I heard Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” FOUR times. And as the title of this post suggests, fucking radio edit. I should also say I’m sick as fuck of that song. I remember when it came out and it was AWESOME. It reminded me of my favorite pair of boots that I bought at a church rummage sale. It reminded me of the badass red leather jacket I found in a Salvation Army thrift store in Roanoke, Virginia. I have been thrift store and garage sale and rummage sale and estate sale shopping for EVER. I knew this song would be a hit.
It’s been six months since the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist dropped. I have in that time heard more iterations of that one song than I can even discuss, remixes, mashups, etc. I lamented that it was going to get all chopped up and used in others songs at first because I figured it for a pretty perfect song, but that’s what happens these days. Yesterday was the first time I had heard the radio edit. First listen, I laughed. I mean, it sounds so stupid with the edits. What the fuck is the point if you can’t say fuck? Second listen I thought, really? That time I payed attention to exactly where they edited it, more so than the first listen because I wasn’t laughing anymore. Third time was of the “ugh, I’ll make it through” feeling.
Fourth time. FOURTH TIME, I said fuck this. I got pissed. I turned the radio down, I turned the radio OFF. It’s a piece of shit edited version of an already overplayed song. We all have things going on and it’s a mostly fun ditty, if you don’t pay attention to the anti-consumption (aka, don’t buy stupid overpriced crap) message in it. I’m mad at the people that are accepting of this shit edit and I’m mad at the radio station, probably a Clear Channel station, for playing it.
There’s real stuff going on right now. The Supreme Court is deciding about same sex marriage, play “Same Love” instead. I will be, except it won’t be on the radio because they don’t play it. I’m done with that experiment.