Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Sweet Memes Are Made Of This

Memes. They're annoying, pointless, and self-indulgent. I have even read pundits who say that they're elitist, and anything that pundits say is elitist has got to be bad, right? Well, fuck it, I'm elitist, and I've been tagged, so here is my contribution to the rather unwieldy meme of the moment. Hopefully Jon will post something tomorrow so you won't have to put up with this at the top of the page for too long.

10 Years Ago:
I was drunk, or stoned, or both. In other words, I was in Year 11. My girlfriend's name was Nicole, I spent my spare time seeing bands and writing for zines, and I had as little going on between my ears as any seventeen-year-old. I also had long hair, ripped jeans, and a penchant for flannelette shirts.

5 Years Ago:
I had just met the future Lady Sterne, I had no idea what I was doing with my life apart from drinking and writing zines with Jon. I had recently cut my hair, and in about six months I would give up smoking.

1 Year Ago:
Much the same as now, minus blogging.

Five Yummy Things
Yummy? Doesn't sound like a word I'd say. Anyway: Lindor balls, beer, butter popcorn, lasagna, ginger beer

Five songs I know by heart:
Ah yes. There's always a place in every meme where you get to show off your musical taste. So, in the spirit of the occasion, I'll go you one better and list five albums - amongst many others - I know by heart. Note for note, word for word. In my head, of course, not on the piano accordian or anything, so don't ask me to run through them. Just take my word for it that my aural memory is prodigious. (I'm also very fucking cool, as you've probably already worked out.)
We're Only In It For The Money, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
Chairs Missing, Wire
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco
Animals, Pink Floyd,
Hi Fi Way, You Am I

Five things I would do with a LOT of money:
Erect billboards all over town with technically inoffensive yet strangely disturbing words written on them. Eg. "Fist".
Walk into JB Hi-Fi and other decent record stores and tell disbelieving shop assistant to grab a trolley, 'cause I'm taking the lot to go.
Ensure my kids could follow their dreams without having ever to utter the words: "Can I help you?" or "Would you like fries with that?"
Do something for Africa, the forgotten continent. (Bit grim, I know, but this is fantasy with a moral dimension.)
Buy the Herald Sun and run the fucker into the ground.

Five things I would never wear:
A McDonald's staff badge.
An Elvis costume.
Overalls (suitable only for pregnant women, tradesmen, and Nintendo characters)
A flannelette shirt.
A bib.

Five favourite TV shows:
The Simpsons
The Sopranos
The Office
Er, can't think of a fifth.

Five things I enjoy doing:
Leaving aside the obvious physical activities...
Listening to music.
Thinking about music.
Writing or reading about music.

Five people I want to inflict this on:
Some people get shirty when you tag them, so please note: you don't have to do the meme if you don't want to! Like, if I told you to jump off a cliff would you do it? You would? Well, that is interesting...
Agent Fare Evader


TimT said...

You listen to Frank Zappa: you are obviously a gentlemen. Well done sir! The only piss poor Zappa reference I could work into mine was "Peaces en Regalia" - by all rights, it's not even a 'song'.

I only used the word 'yummy' as a kid, but it came with the meme.

Chris Fryer said...

No one ever tags me :(

Tim, you blog appears to have gone berserk! Just scroll down a bit. It's not in any language or computer code that I can recognise and I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s very disturbing and amusing at the same time, and I'm relieved it happened to your blog and not mine.

Good luck in solving your blog problems. (If you need any help with it send me an email.)

Chris Fryer said...

No, im not nuts, its all fine now. :)

Tim said...

I can't believe I left Seinfeld off my favourite tv shows list. It's only, like, the best thing ever!

LadyCracker said...


Ben said...

Yes, but Futurama was on there - so you get applause from me young man.

Jon said...

All the TV shows listed are worthy ones, but I think Clive Hale's for Love or Money deserves a place.