Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Hey Jack White, Glenn Danzig, and Tom Morello… we like our new horns, so there!

THIS WEEK’S 10 HIGHEST RATED COMMENTS

#10  Dr. Wizard Dude
Score:41 | Jun 14th

I think what she’s tryin to say, is that when a gay person stands in the shade, like under a tree, they are just as gay as when they stand in the sun, with no trees around?

Posted in: Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down”
#9  sandro
Score:43 | Jun 19th

You need to stand in my way making shitty movies of a show that you are probably never going to watch again? Jack White might be a weirdo but he’s not wrong about smartphones at shows

Posted in: Jack White Has Never Owned A Cellphone And Thinks The Rest Of Us Look Silly
#8  thegue
Score:44 | Jun 18th

Today would have been my father’s 77th birthday. While we just passed Father’s Day, today on Stereogum’s series “The Number Ones”,

When I was in third grade, my parents’ marriage fell apart. My mother was becoming more and more absorbed into a religious group (some might say “cult”), and my father didn’t know what to do. One night, I heard my dad come upstairs with a pillow and blanket. “Dad? What are you doing?” He responded, “your mother doesn’t want to sleep with my anymore”, and I heard him cry himself to sleep.

Hell of a memory from when I was eight.

Over the next two years, my mother left, but my father didn’t give up so easily. He took my brother and I and we went to live with the group and maybe convince her to leave. We failed – and my father got us out of there after the leader beat the crap out of my brother and I. We moved back into the house I grew up in, and when my parents divorced he paid off my mother by selling almost everything we owned besides that house to give his sons some continuity during this horrible time.

We literally had nothing afterwards – two pieces of furniture in the entire house (dad’s bed, our bunkbed), and we heated the house with a wood-burning fire stove. That Christmas, we had a tree which made Charlie Brown’s tree look majestic. My dad bought us the board game “Tilt”…and that was it.

My father also owned his own construction company, and he began putting in 80-hour weeks as he attempted to rebuild our lives. I made lunches for my brother and I, cooked and cleaned, then went to bed, and my dad would check in with us when he got home around 9 pm, exhausted from another 15 hour day. One Friday night, he brought in a cassette player, and had us sit up in our beds. He explained the reason for his long hours, then played “Cats in the Cradle” for us. He said his greatest fear was being the dad in the story.

He cried. I cried. My brother cried. It may have been the only time I saw him cry in front of me (I don’t think he ever knew I heard him cry the night he stayed in the spare bedroom). For years, I couldn’t hear this song without welling up with tears.

There are many, many stories over the next few virtual years about my father and our relationship through music, but this song held the most significance. He passed away from brain cancer in 1998, the same day Sinatra died. At his service, I read the lyrics to the song and cried one last time.

I’m welling up a bit as I write this – he wasn’t the best father, but he tried, and did as good as he knew. I think that’s all any of us could ask for.

10/10

Dad’s efforts: 10/10

Posted in: The Number Ones: Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s In The Cradle”
#7  dansolo
Score:45 | Jun 17th

She’s the well-meaning straight girl who has several dozen gbfs, at least half of whom she has cockblocked by getting fall-down-drunk at a gay bar and needing to be taken home before she makes her third unsuccessful attempt to mount the go-go platform. The next day you consider explaining why this behavior is, if not outright problematic, than at least annoying, but instead you just go to brunch and binge watch half a season of Gosssip Girl. It’s not like you have enough friends to be picky.

Posted in: Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down” Video (Feat. Katy Perry)
#6  StarkyLoveMD
Score:47 | Jun 18th

Counterpoint: put your fucking phone down and watch the show.

Posted in: Watch Tom Morello Grab A Fan’s Phone And Throw It
#5  storkknees
Score:52 | Jun 18th

He had a lot of rage against that machine

Posted in: Watch Tom Morello Grab A Fan’s Phone And Throw It
#4  MPE
Score:59 | Jun 19th

I told this story a couple of years ago when it happened but it’s the coolest thing that’s happened to me so I’m going to repeat it. I was at an afterwork event at a hotel roof bar and happened to notice Britt was right next to me at the bar ordering a beer. I said what’s up and that I loved the new album (Hot Thoughts), and offered to pay for his drink. He laughed it off but threw me on the list for their show the next night.

Brought a couple of buddies, we got pretty lubed up during the show (they’re fucking incredible live) and then decided to hang around the backstage area afterwards and say we knew Britt. To his credit Britt invited us bozos back to his trailer to have a few beers and talk for a while. After some time he asked if we had any recommendations for a good margarita in the area, we told him a place and he invited us to grab one. So then we sat at the restaurant for another drink or two, then he had to head out to rest up for the next show.

Spoon rules, Britt rules.

Posted in: Spoon – “No Bullets Spent”
#3  BlissingBjork
Score:63 | Jun 14th

You need to calm down

Posted in: Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down”
#2  storkknees
Score:78 | Jun 17th

Is “Kung Fu Fighting” a good song? Not Really
Has “Kung Fu Fighting” aged well? Not Really
Is “Kung Fu Fighting” one of the greatest songs of all time? Yes, Absolutely

Posted in: The Number Ones: Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting”
#1  padfoot24
Score:79 | Jun 19th

“There’s only, like, two of my top 10 Spoon songs on here”

– Every Spoon fan

Posted in: Spoon – “No Bullets Spent”

THIS WEEK’S 5 LOWEST RATED COMMENTS

#5  _Shyguy95_
Score:-20 | Jun 20th

People downvoting the above comment should ask themselves how much of their standing this dude was about wanting to prove that country music as a whole is inherently racist and how much was genuinely enjoying the artist/thinking he had any sort of longevity.

Posted in: Lil Nas X – “Panini”
#4 

Randen
Score:-21 | Jun 17th

That’s because 95% of the people who comment on this website are non thinking sheep.

Posted in: Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down” Video (Feat. Katy Perry)
#3  Y B B
Score:-22 | Jun 18th

The truly shitty news is that Jimmy Buffett is still alive.

Posted in: More Shitty Jimmy Buffett News
#2  Southern Shark
Score:-25 | Jun 14th

If this is an unbearably shitty story why you post it pathetic snobbish asshole?. A beautiful story indeed.

Posted in: An Unbearably Romantic Story About Eddie Vedder Reuniting With A Dutch Woman He Met 27 Years Ago
#1  Shut Up, Dude
Score:-26 | Jun 17th

As a conservative, I feel misrepresented.

Posted in: Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down” Video (Feat. Katy Perry)

THIS WEEK’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF’S CHOICE

  fonzarelli
Score:7 | Jun 20th

The people who pay $400+ for a Jonas Brothers vinyl subscription service are really leaning into the literal definition of “Sucker,” aren’t they?

Posted in: Jonas Brothers Selling Vinyl Subscription Service For $599