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Dec. 24th, 2008

01:37 am - We're only making fish for Nigel

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I really like my local Long John Silver's! Not only is it the closest place to get some nice artery-clogging fried fish (plus somewhat healthier menu items like the grilled tilapia they recently started serving)... but the last two times I've eaten there, I heard XTC songs playing on the sound system! Specifically, "Generals and Majors" and "Making Plans for Nigel". I think I was the only one in the place who recognized them. :}

This is a Long John Silver's in Houston. And it's not near Rice or anything; it's on Main Street (okay, it's not that far from Rice, but not within what I'd call walking distance), and most of its clientele seems to be black. Why are they playing an eclectic mix of songs that includes early XTC?

I dunno! But I'm not complaining.

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From:nefaria
Date:December 24th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
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Watch out for tilapia, it's a bottom-feeder fish so it's high in mercury, pesticides, and the other nasty stuff that builds up in fish.

Glad to hear they're not overloading you with rap music, the only rap song I like is Weird Al's "White and Nerdy".
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From:wbwolf
Date:December 24th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
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From what I've seen, most of the tilapia that served in the US (either frozen or in restaurants) is farm raised either in the Far East (China, Taiwan) or in North America (Dirty Jobs had a profile about a farm in Arizona that used them as a cleaner fish). Granted, that's not a clear guarantee of safety (melamine, anyone?), but it's probably safer than fresh caught.
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From:timmowarner
Date:December 24th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
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If you like Weird Al's White and Nerdy you should check out some of the rappers who do stuff along those lines that aren't just doing it purely for humour.

People like MC Frontalot and songs like Tongue-Clucking Grammarian or Secrets From The Future. Or one of my all time favourite rap songs "Very Poorly Concealed Secret Track" which is an awesome song about Ping Pong.

MC Frontalot is the father of (in that he gave the style a name) of Nerdcore Rap.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:December 24th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
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I saw the video for Weird Al's "All About the Pentiums" on YouTube once and it's my new favourite rap song - and Weird Al song, similar in style to White and Nerdy (and predating it by a few years), even a lyric or two is the same, but just edges ahead of it in terms of cool, *just*.
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From:nefaria
Date:December 26th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
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That was cool, Al has a gift for clever rhymes (reminds me of "Bob" in some ways).
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 24th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Yeah! That's one of the few Xmas songs I like.

I just wish the vocals weren't mixed so far back.
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From:wbwolf
Date:December 24th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
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I've noticed that with Muzak systems they are more often pulling in B and C level songs to the mix to prevent them from becoming to repetitive. For example, one Taco Bell I used to go to had a 1970s mix going, but it was pulling in some pretty obscure and less common tracks. A few years ago, Village Inn, a family restaurant chain, which normally play more MOR/Adult Contemporary music would throw XTC's "King For A Day" in there.

So, if the LJS has a more uptempo or even a 80s mix normally, they are probably putting those in there to keep the mix fresh. Both songs you mention did get some college/postmodern rock airplay back in the day, and certainly they were part of 80s nostalgia shows on modern rock stations from the 1990s, so they aren't completely unknown in the US... just less common.
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From:akktri
Date:April 24th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)

Gen.'s and Majr's

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"Generals and Majors"? You said the band's name was XTC? All this time I thought it was Duran Duran singing that.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:April 24th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)

Re: Gen.'s and Majr's

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Nope, it's XTC. (Unless Duran Duran has done a cover of it that I'm not aware of...)
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