Monkees = Monkees

NY Post goes to Chuck Klosterman’s Astor Place B&N reading and reports on the author’s fanbase.

These are the Klostermaniacs, the ever-growing Cult of Chuck that includes bookworms, bloggers and even uber-goober Seth Cohen on “The O.C.,” who hailed Chuck’s geek wisdom on an episode last season.

“It is sometimes surprising how intense some of the people are about these books,” said Klosterman, sitting down to sign copies and field a few questions from readers.

“Do you think Fleetwood Mac is ‘thirtysomething’?” asks one fan, confusing even Klosterman until he pieces together the obscure reference to his book, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs.

I recently bought Killing Yourself To Live and I’m digging it so far…

Spin magazine is on the third floor of an office building on Lexington Avenue, a street often referred to as “Lex” by cast members of Law & Order. It always the spring of 1996 in the offices of Spin; it will be the spring of 1996 forever. Just about everybody who works there looks like either (a) a member of the band Pavement, or (b) a girl who once dated a member of the band Pavement. The first time I walked into the office, three guys were talking about J Mascis for no apparent reason, and one of them was describing his guitar noodling as “trenchant.”

Anyway, back to “Do you think Fleetwood Mac is ‘thirtysomething’?” … this is a reference to an ingeniously dorky rock game Chuck described in his last book:

Ten minutes later, I found it necessary to mention that Journey was rock’s version of the TV show Dynasty. This prompted a spirited debate we dubbed “Monkees = Monkees.” The goal is to figure out which television show is the closest philosophical analogy to a specific rock ‘n’ roll band, and the critiera is mind-blowingly complex: It’s a combination of longevity, era, critical acclaim, commercial success, and — most important — the aesthetic soul of each artistic entry. For example, the Rolling Stones are Gunsmoke. The Strokes are Keifer Sutherland’s 24. Jimi Hendrix was The Twilight Zone. Devo was Fernwood 2-Night. Lynyrd Skynyrd was The Beverly Hillbillies, which makes Molly Hatchet Petticoat Junction. The Black Crowes are That ’70s Show. Hall & Oates were Bosom Buddies. U2 is M*A*S*H (both got preachy at the end). Dokken was Jason Bateman’s short-lived sitcom It’s Your Move. Eurythmics were Mork & Mindy

You get the idea. Fun game, but only if you have pop culture savants to play with. That’s where you Stereogum readers come in. I’ll go first.

  • The Arcade Fire = Six Feet Under
  • Eminem = South Park
  • The Bravery = I Love The ’80s: Part Deux
  • Rob Thomas = Joey
  • Babyshambles = Intervention

    Your turn. Spare us the Bobby Brown = Being Bobby Brown.