True story about “Fun, Fun, Fun” by The Beach Boys: Brian Wilson and Mike Love wrote it about a rich girl whom their bandmate Dennis Wilson was dating. Said rich girl would tell her father that she needed to borrow his Thunderbird to go to the library. What she actually was doing was hanging out with Dennis at his apartment. Then the inevitable happened: Daddy found out and took the T-bird away. Ah, yes. Parents. It’s a love/hate relationship when you’re a teenager.
Many decades ago I used to tell my wise old grandmother that I was going to the library to study. We had two libraries within blocks, the Kingsville city library three blocks in one direction and the Texas A&I University library six blocks in the other direction. I was like a kid in a candy store.
Although we were not rich, I confess that I didn’t always go to the library to study when I told my wise old grandmother that I was going to the library to study. Sometimes I would go to my other grandparents’ house (the two families were estranged at the time) or go out with friends whom my wise old grandmother approved of not.
When I did make it to the library, my favorite books were in the reference section, books like the Guinness Book of World Records and the Encyclopedia Britannica. (Yes, I was a nerd….) My favorite book in today’s world is online and is called Wikipedia.
One of the things I like to do whenever I discover a new musical group is go to Wikipedia to read about the group. Even though anyone can edit or add to Wikipedia, there are many volunteers like me who check the edits and additions to ensure that they are legitimate. In many cases, that requires appropriate credit, sourcing, and references. Sure, you’ll occasionally hear about people editing Wikipedia inappropriately, such as recently when edits were revealed to be by the Koch Brothers editing information that portrayed them negatively. Yes, you might get away with your edit for a day or two but ultimately volunteer editors will edit your edit!
The cool thing about references is that they can be looked up at your local library (picture►). Within the text of the articles are various links that take you to other articles and sources. So when I find a new group, I’ll see if they have a Wikipedia page. Sometimes they don’t because of the Wikipedia notability guideline which states that the group has to be notable. That guideline prevents daddy from creating a Wikipedia page about his son’s newly formed band. So Stuck In Suburbia will have to get a little more notability before being eligible for a Wikipedia page; I’m rootin’ for them!
You can help them get that notability by following them on Facebook and Twitter, and listening to their new single on YouTube. I believe the single will be available at iTunes but since Apple lost me as a customer back in 1983 (and they’ve done nothing to encourage me to return), I don’t patronize iTunes. Thus, their single is only on my YouTube playlist right now.
After listening to Stuck In Suburbia‘s music last week, I had a lot of fun in Wikipedia reading about All Time Low and The 1975 and then clicking on links to take me to related articles. I also now have a complete collection of music by All Time Low and The 1975.
Following is “Lost In Stereo” by All Time Low. It’s from their 2009 album “Nothing Personal” and is one of my favorites of theirs. Listen to it with headphones to get the full effect of being lost in stereo.
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