Friday Random 10: Jersey Shore Edition

Last night marked the debut of one of the television season’s most anticipated shows, the regrettable “Jersey Shore” on MTV. Basically the premise of this show is to follow a group of the stupidest guidos on the planet as they dog-paddle through their shallow existence at a certain outpost in New Jersey — official maligned home state of Pax Arcana.

I did not see the premiere episode last night, but I checked up with Gawker’s live-blog-in-the-comments to get an appraisal of the event. I got as far as this:


Some critics say “Jersey Shore” is anti-Italian, since it glorifies the worst stereotypes of young Italian-American culture. I partly agree, since I know several meatball slurpers — our own Perry Ellis is one! — who do not ritualistically cruise around with spiked hair and oversized sunglasses and punch girls in the fucking face. On the other hand, holy SHIT you should have seen my high school. Just filled with knuckledragging ziti weiners like this. Christ almighty, I’ll take a pugnacious newsboy hat-wearing Boston mook moron any day of the week over these greasy bastards. No offense, Perry.

The songs:

Walls in Time — Bob Mould
Two Times Blue — Debbie Harry
Fame Throwa — Pavement
One PM Again — Yo La Tengo
Pink Turns To Blue — Husker Du
Get Older — Dan Deacon
XMas Curtain — My Morning Jacket
Lucifer’s Jigsaw — Jaydiohead
Baltimore — Steven Malkmus and the Jicks
Big Love — Broken Social Scene Presents… Kevin Drew

Bonus Video:

Fake Empire / It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop — Frightened Rabbit

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.



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2 responses to “Friday Random 10: Jersey Shore Edition

  1. Perry Ellis

    None taken. It would be hard for someone who uses lutefisk to style his hair to offend me anyway. Now don’t you have some Celtic serfs to violate and enslave, you Scandinavian doofus?

    1,000,000, R.E.M.
    Cannonball Days, Ryan Adams
    Winter, Boris Grebenshikov
    No Promise Have I Made, Hüsker Dü
    Stranger, The Presidents Of The United States Of America
    In The Garage, Weezer
    And You Tell Me, Sugar
    The Very Thought of You, Etta James
    Dig For Fire, Pixies
    El Chontaduro, Son de Azucar

  2. 1. Echo Party – Edan
    Break for Beck Covering Leonard Cohen (his record club Modern Guilt Acoustic is awesome)
    2. Every breath you take – The Police
    3. The Breeze – Dr. Dog
    4. Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) – Yim Yames
    5. Oh Yeah – Built To Spill
    6. Ring Your Bell – The Band
    7. Three Little Bears – South Saturn Delta – Jimi Hendrix
    8. Bluish – Animal Collective
    9. From the Nursery – Wire
    10. Lived in bars – Cat Power

    little known fact: margaritaville is austin, I didnt know this til last week.

    Jimmy’s Notes:
    This song was written about a drink in Austin, Texas, and the first huge surge of tourist who descended on Key West almost two decades ago. What can I say? People ask if I ever get tired of playing it. The answer is no. It has paid the rent for a long time and seems to put a few minutes of joy into this troubled world when sung by fans at a show. I feel very lucky.

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