Before Poptimism
  • Jackson
    February 17, 2009

    Antipenultimate panel: HILARITY.

  • Monty
    February 17, 2009

    Ooh, is that the Dweezil Zappa cover of “Hit Me Baby, One More Time” with Ahmet on vocals? Man, I love that version.

    …I’ll just show myself out.

  • Jaegermeister
    February 17, 2009

    Ahhh…I miss the days of keyboardists playing keys with croquet mallets.

    Brings back memories of band camp…

  • Brandon
    February 17, 2009

    Ahem. I believe the correct spelling is “sk8er boi.”

  • Chris Jones
    February 17, 2009

    …Is Cat playing the keyboard with a croquet mallet?

  • alecho
    February 17, 2009

    Baby Hit Me One More Time~ Oops.. I did it again… damnit Brittany!

  • Esteban (No, I Do Not Sell Guitars)
    February 17, 2009

    That radio itself seems to be from the dark ages, what with its lack of a CD slot, and actual knob operation. Look, not even an LCD display!

    But what about pop bands that never ever got popular? Like Beulah?

  • Alan Jimenez
    February 18, 2009

    I don’t get it. Indie bands used to play songs like that of Avril Lavigne’s claiming they liked the lyrics?

  • JK
    February 18, 2009

    But you know what? Even though I’m a 25 year old male, I still sing along to Hit Me Baby One More Time when I’m by myself in the car. Every once in a while, when there is so much else serious in life, I like to sing along with the bubble gum pop that comes on the radio.

    When I was 13 and that was popular, of course, I loathed it, thought people were selling themselves short listening to that stuff, but, you know, I’m not 13 anymore, I’ll like what I like without over-analyzing what it might make others think.

  • Dorothy
    February 18, 2009

    Beulah were popular in my insular world.

    Why is pop music popular? Because it appeals to people. Why does it appeal to people? Because it is often very good. (This does not apply to post-grunge bands.)

  • TK
    February 18, 2009

    Speaking of Dark Ages, Cat has a walk-man…

  • Aaron
    February 18, 2009

    This may be a reference to the when they were in a band although Cat didn’t use a crochet mallet.

  • a
    February 18, 2009

    prisoners of our era, and our ears.

  • dollymix
    February 18, 2009

    This cuts me to the quick with its brutal honesty, even if I still like my goth-jazz a cappella version of “Skater Boy”.

  • Nny
    February 18, 2009

    I once played my guitar with a croquet mallet. haven’t played since. Eventually Cake will cover a brittany spears song. Cake’s going on tour again. im excited

  • rachel c.
    February 18, 2009

    ted leo does a great acoustic version of since u been gone.

  • Soup
    February 19, 2009

    Richard Thompson did a good cover of “Oops I Did it Again”. Context changed the song. The words sound different when spat out in his bitter middle aged male voice. Of course I doubt he would claim he wasn’t being ironic.

  • Rory
    April 27, 2009

    And nobody mentions the hemi-indie cover of “Womanizer”?
    Frankly, if it’s catchy, I’m fine with listening to it. If I’ve listened to it too often, I’ll turn it off. “Oops I Did It Again” stands the test of time… But not at 53 plays/min/acre

  • wow
    July 2, 2009

    i hate it when indie bands pull that shit. dear lord. im enraged now.

  • haven
    September 11, 2009

    I liked “Skater Boy”!

  • Joshua
    November 12, 2009

    It reminds me of the Punk Goes. . . albums. I like the acoustic ones. Not enough to pay for them, but still. I always find it amusing that only about three or four bands on them are even in the punk genre. The rest are indie rock.

  • Fu
    December 19, 2009

    @Nny: the cake is a lie

  • 1SpacyHammond
    February 11, 2011

    Somewhere, a graduate student is comparing the language and patterns of Indie Rock Snob arguments about authenticity with those of the Classical Music Snob versions of similar. That could be a fun paper to read.

  • Astroillogica
    July 2, 2018

    somewhere, the AV club feels a pang of guilt

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