Wow. After years of reading this comic, this is the first one I’ve actually related to. I am a notorious music snob (I secretly judge people that listen to crappy music), and I did and still do hate the ska and swing fad that was big for two minutes. Oh, and that awful Bluegrass revival that popped up after that crappy George Clooney movie…
Is there a running requirement that the second comment on these strips be divisive and unkind in exactly the way that Cat and Girl isn’t?
The beauty of C&G to me is that it acknowledges the unpleasant tendencies of the culture of “you’re not cool enough for me”, but doesn’t aggrandize them. In fact, it shows them as a self-defeating guilty pleasure (Girl) and that someone could be much happier without that judgmental nature (Cat).
Also, totally missed the Blues Brothers reference in the strip title on first read. <3
Offhand disdain for ska and swing? Ah, clearly you’ve been listening to the WRONG ska and swing, you need to check out the early quirky stuff before it became all commercialized! Allow me to list some obscure recordings that… Oh DAMN. I suddenly realize that I am just as much of a music snob, just a slightly different flavor.
Blues Brothers reference or Ellington reference?
I used to enjoy novels, but then I began to develop opinions, and now I can’t read past the second page of anything without being put off by some minor thing or other. Hair colour, for example. What the heck does a character need hair colour for? Seriously.
I used to enjoy small budget films, but then the same thing happened again, and suddenly I find the affectations of Indie films unbearably fake. My thoughts are best reflected by sbemail 203.
I used to enjoy music… and I still do. Music affects me in a way that novels and films don’t, and I don’t want to lose that, so whenever I feel like I’m beginning to develop opinions about music, I force it to the back of my conscious mind and wish it away.
Grant, why would you read a comic for many years before relating to a single strip?
I had a big question mark over my head on the “soul music” reference, but then I remembered Raphael Saadiq’s last album, and the recent spate of white-boy soul artists.
Ska revival? It never went away!
Any music is authentic, cool and snob-approved as long as it’s on vinyl, right? Right?…
I love Girl’s grimace in the 3rd panel.
@jacob adam: that’s why the only vinyl you can get at sam’s club is “use your illusions i & ii”, right?
also, early ska is wonderful. ska revival, maybe not so much. now i’m going to be thinking about “rude boy gonna jail” for the rest of the day.
A Blues Brothers reference.
Cat and Girl belongs in the library of congress.
I like how sometimes semantic intercourse between C&G becomes so intricately intertwined, that the distinct identities of the characters seem to merge and then be exchanged. Very HAUT!!!
Yeah I love how Cat and Girl are often talking to one another, and yet to themselves at the same time.
Really, it makes for something more near reality, since people generally do talk for themselves first.
I can’t judge music based on genre anymore. I have such a diverse favorites playlist that it’s impossible for me to dislike much.
With that being said, there are maybe six or seven bands that I’ve permanently excised from my music library for the reason that I could never like them in a thousand years.
Soul Revival? Works for me. (As long as it’s the old stuff.)
Everybody’s talkin bout the new stuff funny but it’s still rock and roll to me
But musical tastes really do have strong ties to personalities, so I think it’s legitimate to judge people by the music they listen to.
I’m so out-of-sync with today’s Western musical tastes that it’s not even funny. To give you an idea, I don’t like music that uses amps. I think it ruins the sound.
Pathetic, really… but I also don’t like pretending to like things, so there’s no way out.
@Brian I do believe you may have just given the most concise summary of C&G I’ve ever read.
“The beauty of C&G to me is that it acknowledges the unpleasant tendencies of the culture of “you’re not cool enough for me”, but doesn’t aggrandize them. In fact, it shows them as a self-defeating guilty pleasure (Girl) and that someone could be much happier without that judgmental nature (Cat).”
I think it was Penny Arcade, though I could be wrong, where one of the characters says, “I’m generally into music that doesn’t suck.”
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Ah, I loved SKA growing up! Thank you for reminding me!
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