Random Rules

By JoCo June 20, 2008

For those of you who are wondering what’s on my iPod, I’m the subject of today’s Random Rules in the Onion AV club. I like this interview format very much: I put my iPod on shuffle and we talk about what happens. Kind of terrifying because I’ve always felt a little subconscious (blarg: I mean self-conscious) about sharing my taste in music, ever since 1982 when a neighbor kid asked me what bands I liked and I panicked and said “Um, Air Supply?” Fortunately nothing really embarrassing came up. Though I fear that I may have said too much about Billy Joel and Paul McCartney and how they’re not as good as they used to be – what if I meet them in person and they hate me because they read this interview?

Please do not forward this link to Billy Joel or Paul McCartney.


CupcakeAndTea says

Don't worry Joco I've always questioned my taste in music also, bubblegum pop and pop what was i thinking ^^ great interview

Connor says

Pretty funny stuff.
You're into a lot of old music...
Whatever, to each his own. No need for self-consciousness.

Air supply?

MitchO says

Could be worse. When I was in 5th grade, we were all given one of those "autograph" books and the front page had a "My Favorites" page to fill out. I knew nothing about music and wrote in "Hungry Like The Wolf" for favorite song.

I wish I chose Air Supply~

Marcy says

Jonathan, now that I know how you feel about me I will no longer be supporting your UK tour.

Sir Paul McCartney

[ha ha ha ha!! sorry JoCo, couldn't resist...... Paul would never drop you, at least not without a better reason...lol]

Demetrius says

McCartney? He should be so lucky as to meet JoCo! When did *he* ever feature zombies or robots in a song? ...other than Wild Honey Pie ...and, Revolution #9.0, respectively.

Roman V. says

I'm reading in this interview that for at least one part of an answer you adopted a British accent. I think I'd like to hear said adoption, and I bet I am not alone.

Colleenky says

I lerv Pink Floyd. I really dug them when I was a kid, and as an adult, I had stopped listening to them for some reason. I guess because I didn't still have hours and hours to sit in a room by myself with my headphones on.

So true, so true. I miss being able to do that.

Mike says

Nice interview, Jonathan. I look forward to catching your show for the first time when you swing through Boston again.

LoonieBin says

According to the pre-interview bio, "Ikea" was from Thing A Week?

art says

billy joel is awesome. wish he would just make another full length album with new stuff. dunno if it would be good but still...

Gina says

"I met him and gave him a copy of my CD, and it felt like I was handing a piece of poop to an angel."

Bwaaa ha ha ha ha!

Gina says

" I don't think I've ever made a song that I think is awesome."

Aww. Don't worry, the rest of us think your songs are so awesome, we've got you covered.

William says

Love is over.

Chris Hartzog says

McCartney was at his best when he was in competition with Lennon, The Beach Boys and others and before he was a multi billionaire....you know maybe just a pauperly millionaire. But in spite of that, he just recently still put out some good tunes on Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard. On the other hand, I didn't care for much of anything on Memory Almost Full. Nobody bats a thousand all of the time.

Chris Hartzog says

Jon, this might make you feel better (or not). I just noticed that in my site's blogroll, your name falls in between John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Wordpress provided the sorting.

Jacob says

I think you've graduated past the title of " 'Self Proclaimed' Internet Star" to just full-on "Internet Star" by this point, wouldn't you say?

Silly, silly Onion.

M_pony says

If you want a perfect example of the perfect 2 minute pop song, listen to "All The Things I Wasn't" by the Canadian band Grapes Of Wrath.
They've written other wonderful pop songs like "Peace Of Mind", but All the things I wasn't is quite possibly the most perfect piece of fragile music ever written by humanity.

Jeff says

Why aren't there any other bald, white guys shouting out to Parliament and Dr. John in here?

Cindy says

Air Supply? Try "All Out of Love" by Air Supply feat. the Celtic Tenors. Priceless.

Kaethe says

"Dark Side of the Rainbow" is on Youtube in about 6 different sections. It's pretty grainy, but it's awesome! This is a link to the first one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmCfvcfHwKA&feature=PlayList&p=9253314B492605AD&index=0

manstraw says

wish you were here is my number one.

i absolutely roared with laughter at the felt like handing poop to angel moment. completely identified with it. the wife thought I went crazy there laughing to myself.

and, um, the best beatles songs were George's! Frank Sinatra once said in an interview that the best Lennon/McCartney song was Something. So there ya go!

Agrimat says

Now I'm curious. What IS the most embarrassing thing on your iPod?

Scott says

You dissapoint me by claiming a three-Jo(h)n situation when there were clearly four. Good read, though.

Zac says

I think claiming 3 Johns is appropriate. We don't know what vicinity Linnell was to the situation, which is necessary to decide whether to count him or not.

JoCo says

Scott: my name is not John.

Ann says

Glad to know I'm not the only one who gets slightly stabby when their name is misspelled.

Very fun interview btw.

LoonieBin says

From a pronunciation standpoint, it's four Johns. Whether or not one goes by "Jonathan," they're still a "Jon." At any rate, it's cool.

Audrey says

Tangentially, my physics teacher in high school did the Dark Side of the Moon/Wizard of Oz sync for all his classes.

He's one of the most awesome teachers ever, by the way. He let us shoot water balloons at him for a lab, for example.

Jack F says

My Zune shuffles onto McCartney, Billy Joel and Beatles constantly. Oh. And Jonathan Coulton.

I actually liked Billy Joel's last couple albums. Sure, they weren't The Stranger or Turnstiles, but there's some good music there. It's actually been 15 years since his last album (River of Dreams). I hope he does take another crack at it one of these days. But his only new song since then, All My Life, sounds more like warmed over Sinatra than anything else. I'm not holding out too much hope. (Guess I can report back after I see Joel in concert next month for the first time in 20 years.)

Jack F says

Beatles, Billy Joel era comment number 2:

The 60s and 70s are over. Rest in Peace, George Carlin.

Hepcat says

Well, I missed Air Supply when they were big -- I went on a pop music walkabout and was listening to other stuff. But I had season passes to the music festival in the town I lived in, and I have to tell you, those guys are cheesy, but they give 110% to the cheese. There are people whose music I've admired more who could learn something from their whole-heartedness.

So, no shame in mentioning them.

Tad says

Shuffle can be evil, but numbers don't lie. For ex., my Last.fm stats show my overall favorite artists as:

10 Indigo Girls
11 Weezer
12 Jonathan Coulton
13 The Beatles
14 Gipsy Kings
14 John Mayer

22 Billy Joel
38 John Lennon

(Sir Paul didn't make the list).