Bonnie baby, you’re killin’ me

Posted August 31st, 2007 by Logan Young · 3 Comments

Granted, the first time I ever heard the name Will Oldham was as an actor. My government/economics teacher at Georgetown High School was also one of the many assistant football coaches schlepping it out on the sidelines, and while he was busy drawing up plays that never actually worked for our woefully deficient AAA team, he would show us movies pertinent to the topics he had us copy out our textbooks Monday through Thursday. On the Friday morning before the big game with county rivals the Carver’s Bay Bears, Coach Mahan walked across the hall to my mother’s classroom – she and my dad both taught at GHS – to borrow her VHS copy of Matewan. So impressed, I’ve been following his career (Oldham’s, not Mahan’s, that is) ever since.

So, like a Bostonian Cardinal, I looked the other way when he and only-funny-on-stage Zach Galifianakis had their reputations molested in Kanye West’s video for “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” I thought to myself, maybe this guy really fucking hates 50 Cent or something. Not to mention, who can’t recite most of the rhymes in “Gold Digger?” But I started losing both patience and religion after finding out Mr. Billy had covered Mariah Carey’s “Can’t Take That Away (Mariah’s Theme)” for the upcoming Engine Room Recordings compilation Guilt by Association. (N.B. Jim O’Rourke does “Viva Forever” by the Spice Girls and Porter Block one of those – intentionally? – campy tunes from the first installment of High School Musical.) And yet once again, I found myself making excuses – maybe he’s just pissed that Superchunk got to Destiny’s Child before he did. But now, London noise lovers The Wire has confirmed that the familiar-looking policeman in the latest episode of R. Kelly’s infantile hip-hopera Trapped In The Closet is indeed none other than the ‘Prince’ himself. Jesus H. Christ, Will. Is it about the money? You can’t be hurtin’ that bad. Everybody I know bought last year’s The Letting Go…and friggin’ loved it. I just hope Ned and Paul don’t find out about this. And since you like Dickinson so much, I’ll quote one of hers I’m sure you know as a kiss-off:

“As freezing persons recollect the snow –

First chill, then stupor, then the letting go.”

On a better note, I talked to my mom the other day, and she tells me that Coach Mahan is now Co-Athletic Director Mahan. (She also just downloaded Springsteen’s Live In Dublin – it’s “pretty good” she says – and wants me to tell my older brother to call our grandmother “Baba” more often.) And while I don’t really understand why a job like that needs more than one person, Co-Athletic Director smells like a promotion nonetheless. I know today is Friday, but just in case he’s out there scouring the Intranets for the latest music news, I’d like to send a shout-out to Georgetown High School’s brand new Co-Athletic Director Brian Mahan. Brian (I’m 23, can I call you Brian now?): I didn’t learn anything from you that I didn’t already know about the Constitution or conspicuous consumption, but hey, at least you inadvertently turned me on to Will Oldham. You might have a cushy new desk job Mr. Co-Athletic Director sir…but you’ll always be “Coach” to me.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Adam O // Aug 31, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Don’t forget his “hilarious” guest appearance on
    the MTV2 show “Wonder Showzen” telling
    fart jokes with David Cross. But hey, he’s made
    more than enough great music in my fair opinion
    for me to forgive him these multiple, er, transgressions. I mean, if a Henry Rollins fan
    can forgive ol’ No-Neck for playing Vanilla Ice in a hip-hop video and appearing in crap like The Getaway, surely Willie can get a few free passes, right?

  • 2 Kevin Langston // Aug 31, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    You know me, and I hated The Letting Go. OK, “hate” is a strong word, but I sold my copy because Dawn Whatshername ruined it for me.

  • 3 Logan Young // Sep 3, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    I freakin’ love “Wonder Showzen” – I’ll have to check that one out. Just “let it go” KFL…just let it go.