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Willie's Off-Brand Web Journal: December 6, 2008-March 1, 2009

Saturday, December 6, 2008:

Bad Religion's Suffer is my favorite punk album of all time. My heart naturally belongs to the Ramones and the Dead Milkmen, because they were instrumental in shaping my identity back in middle school, but neither of them recorded an album as taut, melodic, literate, and pissed as Suffer.

I have Jon to thank for introducing me to Suffer back in the Barnes & Noble days. My Bad Religion knowledge stretched back only to the Generator era--which was plenty good--but while we received and dumped box after box of books, alternating CDs from our collections on the receiving room stereo, Jon introduced me to a whole world of hardcore that I would otherwise probably never have bothered to investigate.

Of course, every time we listened to Suffer, Jon would complain when its best song, "What Can You Do?" came on. "Ugh, it's too slow!" he would gripe, even though "What Can You Do?" is one of the catchiest songs ever written, not to mention pretty speedy: its entirety could still fit between two notes of a Low song.

So, for Jon, I spent this morning recording a cover of "What Can You Do?" that is actually way too slow and timid. Kind of Christmasy, even, now that I listen to it. Ick. I hope it makes him appreciate the Bad Religion version.

Disclaimer: "What Can You Do?" (Right-click to download.) (Guest vocals by Gormley and Goldklang.)

CURRENT MUSIC: Sing to God by The Cardiacs.
CURRENT MOOD:
Smartassy.
TODAY'S MAIL:
Something from my credit union and an Entertainment Weekly from three weeks ago.
TIME:
3:48 p.m.

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