With the fire now raging from Wranglers and diesel fuel, it is time for me to toss in some glossy, less flammable reading material. Years ago I was in college and listening to a lot of music. I listened to every style of music from 50s rock to modern day techno and everything in between. With so much music being listened to, it became obvious that I should read about it also. Having already subscribed to Rolling Stone magazine for years, I felt that I needed to add something newer, more cutting edge to my music magazine collection. It soon became obvious that I needed Spin magazine! Spin was so cool: the type was really small and the pictures were provocative and weird. There was only one problem, I had paid $20 for an annual subscription to a magazine that sucks.
I will admit that it took me a couple of months to realize just how much I hated reading Spin magazine. I wanted so much to like it and be hip by reading it, but I just couldn't. I didn't like that every band or musician I had ever heard of or listened to always got a bad review and was called tired or washed up. I don't give a shit if Dan Steebo's Hand Job's latest album "!!ruserious!!" is considered purely genius by some run of the mill hip guy who wrote the review before he listened to a single note. Spin isn't about reviewing music, its about giving its readers a false feeling of superiority about their musical choices and forming a support network (other spin readers) to feed their ego.
Another unfortunate byproduct of Spin Magazine is "Spin magazine guy". We all know this guy or have encountered him before. Here is a short play I wrote starring Spin magazine guy:
(two guys seated at a bar discussing music)
Guy One: I think Nirvana deserves all of the accolades they receive... they did start the Grunge Era you know?
(Seated across room, Spin Magazine Guy removes one ear bud and listens intently)
Guy Two: I respectfully disagree, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden were superior musical talents who did not receive the national attention that Nirvana received because of Cobain's suicide.
(Livid, Spin Magazine Guy rips off headphones and sprints toward guys conversing at bar)
Spin Magazine Guy: You guys don't know what you're talking about! All of those bands sucked! Real grunge music was started by Stupendous Peters in the late 80s, everyone knows that!
Guy One: There's no way Stupendous Peters started anything because NO ONE KNOWS WHO THE FUCK THAT IS! Now get away from us!
(end of play)
I think I have throughly described why I want to rid myself of my past Spin magazine subscription.
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