November 15, 2003

Happy Harry Hard-On

Made the cardinal mistake of watching Pump Up the Volume while in a generally ticked-off at the world mood. When you flick off your home electronics to find that Christian Slater has been talking to you, you know you're in the shit and it's time to break out the bourbon.

Knob Creek, then, and here's to ya.

See, my problem's different than his, now. I looked up from my screen the other day and I was the fucking problem - older, grayer, haven't done shit and now spending too much time and energy bemoaning those facts. On drugs to keep my mood stable, and on food to keep the drugs stable.

Usually at times like this, I take a long drive to nowhere at all just to feel the wind on my head, but the wind tonight is somewhere down near freezing, so it probably isn't a good idea. Besides, now I've had bourbon, and shouldn't be driving at all anyway.

Harry had it easy, though. He had an identifiable System, and it was staffed by visible people. Parents, teachers, guidance counselors, principals, the FCC (hey, wait, that one resonates...fuck the FCC, man!) and the only people he had to talk to were the misfit freakazoids present in every high school.

What happens when you graduate and join the machine? Who do you talk to then?

For now, Knob Creek. Talk hard, stay hard, and for Christ's sweet sake, bring down the fucking RIAA.

Posted by jbz at November 15, 2003 12:22 AM

strange to post a comment nearly two years after the same post. but i still find it strange that nobody credits this movie for the insiration that it was. and it's not just about being a fucked up teen. there is nothing new or interesting about that. it is the aching need for community that drives american restlessness. harry found the radio...and was saved when he learned people were listening and could actually connect. all this, over a decade before the term "blod" existed in the national consciousness. add to that the fact that the movie featured the spirit and proto-music that would become grunge about 4 years after its release, and this movie has to be considered a cultural event. and it would have been had they not sold the whole thing out with the miserable ending that all these years later I still cannot discuss rationally. Anyway...

Posted by: arik at August 2, 2005 5:17 PM

that movie kept me going throughout my teen age years. Now, 26 years old, I find that Im a mix of Harry and his parents. Im in many ways in tune with the society, but at the same time I feel as a misfit. I dont know if this is a kind of a gradually adaption to society, and that I in a couple of years from now will be a perfect citizen, or if this is the way its going to stay. Either way, Im f***ed.
Talk Hard!

Posted by: monika at July 17, 2004 12:35 PM

found you via google. just finished watching that great movie again myself.

"He had an identifiable System, and it was staffed by visible people"

watch it again. he didn't have that in the beginning. He was like you. Alone. He was speaking out to himself. He didn't think anyone else was in the same boat as him. Just like you.

I'm not in the same boat as you, but I might as well be. I'm fucking up college again the second time around -or is it fucking me? When the peg doesn't fit in the hole, the problem isn't neccisarily with the peg.

I don't have an answer for you, being stuck in the system, the same way you probably don't have an answer for me on what to do if the system doesn't want you.

But don't think for a second you have no one to talk to. You don't have to be alone.

Posted by: Jedi Liz at March 22, 2004 4:34 PM
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