for July 17, 2002
Mistakes Were Made.
by Your Diva, Robin Pastorio-Newman
After a relationship measured in minutes, ever had this conversation?
Well, that was fun. Maybe.
Please don’t tell my girlfriend/spouse/publicist I was
Really? Trust me, I’d rather have a rash.
No, that’s never happened to us. And we’ve never turned on Comedy
Central years and years later to find a cloth-covered version of a New
Jersey band and seen Mr./Ms. Wrong in puppet form, playing a song
coincidentally utilizing our username. Nope. Since we’ve never made that
mistake, we’d better find something else to chat about, right?
A friend of Your Darling’s, Your Diva’s, Your One True Love’s found
himself in protective custody at the PNC Bank Arts Center during the
Hollyweird show Sunday night. Oops. It turns out rent-a-cops dislike
being addressed brusquely. It also turns out the New Jersey State Police
will permit concertgoers to walk from the arena to Iselin on the Garden
State Parkway. If ever there were a way to end up on a milk carton,
hitchhiking on the Parkway at 4 on a Sunday morning seems like a lock.
Bless our buttons, instead our friend ended up in someone else’s clothes
at work Monday, raving about the Cinderella show. Which is more
miraculous: his survival or his being thrilled at seeing Cinderella?
Obviously, you’re interested in smart and funny, preferably in heels and
a short skirt, or you wouldn’t be reading ALTROK on Wednesdays. Your
Cheese Souffle still hasn’t lifted a hand to pen music reviews, but
exercise is good, one hears. Why? The brand new King Missile III CD
arrived in Your Fondue’s mailbox. The Psychopathology of Everyday Life
offered Sigmund Freud’s revelation that slips of the tongue reveal the
truth. The new CD of the same title - the Psychopathology of Everyday
Life - is King Missile III’s paean to speaking the wonky truth about
icky subjects. Your Cheesewheel’s a big fan, a gushy, girlie fan, of
John S. Hall’s hilarious, awkward truthtelling.
A big fan? What’s that opinion worth? For one thing, as an arbiter of
smart and funny, Your Melted Swiss realizes that if you’re a fan of
King Missile and John S. Hall, you want to know if the new CD stands up
to the King Missile history of producing CDs you love in a passionate,
embarrassing way. Second, if you hate King Missile, you probably don’t
read altrok, and it’s even possible you’re not rendered speechless by
Your Smoked Gouda’s wit and untamed beauty. It’s improbable, but
statistically possible. It happened once in 1996. Anyway: does the CD
No. The Psychopathology of Everyday Life fails to suck. It opens with
a tall tale called "My Father," a series of amusing lies children might
tell other kids about what a cool guy dad is. For instance, that dad was
the first white man to play baseball in the Negro Leagues, and that he
arrived in America in 1967 with nothing but pocket change. The CD is
full of lovely background harmonies, the soothing and jarring
instrumentation of Sasha Forte and Bradford Reed, and the torrential
invective of an angry Hall. In post-September 11th New York, there’s a
lot to be irate about, and like Freud, Hall tells you exactly how he
feels about it. And you laugh. Your Grilled Cheddar recommends this CD
be sold with piles of hankies to sop up all your mirthful tears.
"Jennifer Love Hewitt" is a gentle tribute to the youthful star who did
not shoot off her mouth after the four most unbelievable events in our
lifetime (two planes hitting two enormous buildings, then the collapses
of those two buildings) - or is it a scornful reminder of all the
celebrities who did? In "The Miracle of Childbirth", Hall points out
that our parents probably made us during the kind of hot monkey love
we’d rather chew off our feet than consider. But so? It’s a riot.
Notable also is the five-part "Pain Series". To tell anything about them
is to give it away. We can’t have that. A native New Yorker, Hall tells
you precisely what he thought of the deification of Giuliani and Bush,
so if you don’t want to hear it, be prepared to program your CD player.
You like King Missile III and you’ll like the Psychopathology of
Everyday Life. Try www.clamazon.com. If you don’t like it, buying the
CD’s the least costly mistake of your life. Much like stumbling through
a toll plaza on the Parkway.
©2002 Robin Pastorio-Newman
All material ©2001-2014 Sean Carolan, except as noted.
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