What Better Place Than Here, What Better Time Than Now

I was in an Ikea last weekend, when their background music system started playing Rage Against The Machine.

I was actually paralyzed for a moment. I found myself looking around, thinking “Am… Am I just old? Is this old-person music now? Or is it finally time? Here? Why here, now?” I felt, briefly, like I was revisiting a scene from They Live, entirely in my own head. Am I the only person who can hear this? Doesn’t anyone else know what comes next?

I took a minute to look around; I expected to see at least one other person trying to decide whether or not it was time to start flipping stuff over and setting it on fire, but nope. Not a one.

UPDATE: A cölleägüe pöints öut thät there ären’t enough ümläuts in this pöst, which I will äddress directly.


  1. Mike Kozlowski
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    The short answer is, yep, that’s old person music now. It’s as old now as stuff on the oldies stations was when RATM was new music.

  2. John
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    When Smells Like Teen Spirit was new, “Yellow Submarine” was newer than Smells Like Teen Spirit is now.

  3. MIke
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    It’s hopeless.

    The Clash are selling cars. The Who sold out long ago, and not just with their somewhat ironically named album from all those years ago. John Lydon’s hawking butter.

    “Going for that anti-marketing demographic”

  4. Posted May 22, 2014 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    We heard “London Calling” at a big company event around marketing a week ago. Very few people reacted.

    @MIke: I think I’ll wear a Bill Hicks T-Shirt to our next big company event and see whether anyone notices.