This Is Going To Be One of “Those” Posts

Steal Your FaceYou know those posts.  Of course you do – they’re the ones you know you probably shouldn’t write, fully aware that it’s probably going to offend or piss someone off, but you do it anyway.  Because you can’t help it.

I got a comment on my waffle recipe last night from A Free Man, an American gentleman living in Australia.  I followed the link over to his blog and read a really wonderful post about the day every week he spends solely in the company of his 20-month-old son (and from the “creepy pregnancy widget” in his sidebar, I gather that he and his wife are expecting a new addition to their family in about 3 months).

At the end of the post, though, he makes note that during college, he joined a fraternity full of Dead Heads and then observed that The Grateful Dead’s American Beauty album is the only one worth owning if you’re not a “stinky hippie.”

I read that and laughed until I choked.  I am SO telling Beloved he’s a stinky hippie tonight when he gets home.

No, telling him he’s a stinky hippie won’t piss him off.  If anything, he will happily agree with that assessment of his character.  You see, despite his clean-cut appearance, I married a Dead Head, and as such he is not overly fond of The Grateful Dead’s studio albums; he prefers their live stuff.  Considering as often as they toured and performed (and yes, he was one of those “Let’s take a week off and follow The Dead around and see every show!” types), there’s a LOT of live recordings.

And we own them all.   Each.  And.  Every.  One.

And they are on his iPod.

On “shuffle.”

Now, Beloved has an 80GB iPod and there is a great deal of other music on it, but more than half of it is The Grateful Dead, or a variation thereof.  While he may prefer their live recordings (as of this writing, I believe there are 36 “Dick’s Picks” – recordings of live performances – most of which are double discs; some are 3 or 4 discs), he has all of their studio recordings.  And all of Jerry Garcia’s solo stuff.  And all of Jerry Garcia’s collaborative stuff.  In fact, I think he has every recorded burp, gurgle, sniffle, moan and fart of Jerry Garcia’s.

My only problem issue with this is that on many of these recordings, since they are live, they’re performing the same songs.  And because his iPod is on “shuffle” we often listen to the same songs.  Over and over.

And over.

And over.

Have I mentioned I’m kind of lukewarm about The Grateful Dead?  Listening to 37 versions of Dire Wolf over a 5 hour period will do that to you…

Disclaimer: While most of the music on my iPod is collections of the “Greatest Hits” variety or single songs purchased off of iTunes (I don’t waste my time or money on music I don’t care to listen to), I do own every single album that Elton John recorded between 1970 and 1977.  So when you listen to my stuff on shuffle, there’s a lot of Elton John in it.  (But at least it’s all different songs.)

Another Disclaimer: You know I like to kid you about your Dead tunes, dear.  I still love you anyway.

Have a lovely weekend, y’all.

25 thoughts on “This Is Going To Be One of “Those” Posts”

  1. 1) American Beauty was the best Studio album.
    2) Workingman’s Dead was another good studio album.
    3) Most of their studio albums are weak – I own very few. That’s because most of them sound like…well…er..Elton John!
    4) NO TWO LIVE DEAD SONGS ARE THE SAME!
    5) I SHOWER!

    There are two kinds of people in the world: Dead Heads, and everyone else! 😉

  2. I was married to a Dead Head about a hundred years ago… but he could never get beyond the hallucinogenic (sp) years so I left him behind in the smoke and visions that were always dancing around his head. These years I believe his iPod is filled with ‘praise the lord’ music. Not sure which is more annoying. Just glad I am no longer there to be subjected to either type of music… GAH!

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

    Dis last blog post..So About That Purchase

  3. Funny! I never would have pegged Beloved as a Dead Head!

    I am such a goober…I couldnt name one single song. Yes, I’m a country music girl. And yes, I also have several Barry Manilow songs on my iPod. Go ahead. Laugh. I’ll be at The Copacabana…where I Can’t Smile Without You…

    Nothing Fancys last blog post..Where Is My Blog Roll?

  4. I dated a Dead Head “follow the band” guy in another life. He & Beloved prbly have the same collection of every. possible. version. of. every. song. He turned out ok though and he even showers! Me? I’m lukewarm on them too. Don’t own one single song:)

    Lindas last blog post..The Maggie Wrap is Complete!

  5. JR goes for Tom Petty in a big way. If I have to listen to another Petty tune I’ll slit my wrists. Just kidding but I really think all his tunes sound the same. That is why I’ve dubbed him and his band; “Tom Petty and the Sound the Sames”. Makes JR cringe.

    Micheles last blog post..Our First Date

  6. I went to Dead concert once and it was the best concert ever. There were flower children everywhere. It was more fun to watch the audience than the band. The parking lot was full of vans and half of them were dealing drugs from them. (I won’t ell you how I know that)

    This one was in Wisconsin. Be, were you there? It was 1981 I think….

  7. I’m with Fancy. Dead who?? I’m a country girl and don’t think any one artist is worthy of taking up that much space on my ipod. Call me fickle, but I have a new favorite each week. Keeps life interesting.

    p.s. I believe that Kauai is where all old stinky hippies come to live/die. Really.

    Midlife Slicess last blog post..Money In The Bank – Vacation

  8. When I was a teenager, I went through a wanna-be-a-deadhead period, but I never quite made it.

    Why hasn’t BE taken up the idea of all things in moderation?

  9. Jacki – you are the sweetest person! FUTURE DEADHEAD! I love you baby and can’t wait to see you next week!

    Linda – YES I WAS THERE! Troy Wisconsin! Boy do I have a story about two about back to back trips up there. East Troy was a GREAT spot for Dead Heads – my all time favorite! And yes the parking lot is half the fun – reminds me of another time I saw my brother having too good of a time and had to bail him out of jail the next morning and were late to the next show in Charleston WV…. but those stories are for my blog someday – or the autobiography when I am famous!

    For the majority of C&W fans out there all I can say is that your radio stations are leading you astray. I could never understand why C&W fans don’t know the Dead or at least some of their derivatives. Workingmans Dead SHOULD appeal to Country music listeners to say NOTHING about Jerry’s Bluegrass or the JGB (or the DAWG – who Jan can’t get enough of no matter what she says).

    I guess all I can do is remind you of the first comment to this post (and BTW I was on Pacific Time when I beat you all to this one) is that there are only two types of people in this world – Dead Heads and the “Un-Dead”, and I feel sorry for the later.

    Tricia – MODERATION? What for?

    Love, peace and free sex to all!

    Signed: “Stinky” Hippie

  10. The Grateful Dead or any kind of similar music is simply not my cup of tea. But I respect those who enjoy this kind of thing. As long as they keep it behind their closed bedroom doors.

    Jasons last blog post..My Mother’s Killer

  11. I have no idea why, but I have NEVER been a Dead Head. I hardly knew who Jerry Garcia was until I heard he had died, and there was an ice cream named after him (Cherry Garcia). What’s wrong with me?

    Fragrant Liars last blog post..Oh, Poop!

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