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Episode Sixteen | Music's Top Ten Party Crashers

"Nationalism does nothing but teach you how to hate people you've never met-- all of a sudden you take pride in accomplishments you had no part in whatsoever... if you're American you'll go "Fuck the French! Fuck the French, if we hadn't have saved their ass in two World Wars, they'd be speakin' German right now!" And you go, "Oh, was that us?" Was that me and you, Tommy, we saved the French? Jesus! I know I blacked out a little after that fourth shot of Jägermeister last night, but I don't remember... I know we were going through the Wendy's drive-thru to get one of them "Freshetta" sandwiches that looked so alluring on the commercial, but then we ordered it and realized we had no money, and we had to ditch out before the second window, and those douchebags in line behind us with the bass music probably got our order and we laughed about that. But I don't remember savin' the French. At all! I went through the last ten calls on my cell phone and there's nothin'--incoming or outgoing--to the French, lookin' for muscle on a project! I checked my pants, there's no mud stains on the knees from when we were garroting Krauts in the trenches at Verdun. I think "we" didn't do anything but watch sports bloopers while we got hammered. I think "we" should shut the fuck up!"
- Doug Stanhope
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The newest post is this one, on music's Top Ten Party Crashers:

Remember that song where the guy says “I wanna be welcomed, not just tolerated”?

No?

It would be nice to live in a pure meritocracy, where simply having the best ideas or the best songs or popular support would instantly elevate you to notoriety. But more often than not, the most powerful institutions - in music, in pop culture, in life overall - are packed to the hilt with the establishment - reputed and highly regarded figures that are resistant as all hell to change.

The establishment catches a terrible rap from most people who want to get Rebel Hipster Cred Points, but look- they’re established for a reason. Today’s establishment was yesterday’s anti-establishment, and it’s important not to blow yourself over in adulation of every lameass trend that enjoys a few minutes of the overheat.

But how sweet it is, those rare occurrences where somebody comes from out of absolutely nowhere to the biggest stages without shaking the right hands, kissing the right babies, or needing anybody’s damn permission for it. Sometimes it’s more annoying than epic - sometimes we never hear from them again. But party-crashers of the world, we salute you:

Before that, we talked about Joaquin Phoenix's letterman insanity.

On one level, there’s Joaquin Phoenix giving an incredibly awkward and unintentionally hilarious with David Letterman, featuring one word answers, long pauses, a near walkout, and a famous movie star who very well have checked out of his motherfucking brain. There are three possibilities here...
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