Is This Meme On?
Normally I avoid participating in memes---for one thing, I really don't have time, and for another, they're rarely particularly informative ("6. What are you Wearing Right Now? A. Jeans and a t-shirt"). But the other day a friend of mind sent one out that looked really fun. The gimmick is this: You pick a band that you love and answer the questions only in titles from their songs. For example, my friend chose heavy-metal band Pantera, and in Question 3, "Describe yourself," she answered "Hellbound, Proud to Be Loud, Fucking Hostile," et al.
I couldn't resist, so I caved. Here's the first meme I believe I've ever responded to.
[Afternote: the friend in question---hi, metalchica!---said "I knew you were gonna do 96 Tears!" Which stunned me, because it took me a lot of figuring to get there. I actually really wanted to do some singer with only two real hits---someone like Eddy Grant ("Electric Avenue" and "Romancing the Stone") or Bonnie Tyler ("Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "It's a Heartache"), do the first one a dozen times, and end on the second one. (Or put the second one in the second-to-last position, for a better climax.) But all of these artists---and most one-hit wonders---really do have other songs in their catalog, and it would be disingenuous to pretend, let's say, that you're a Chris deBurgh fan and then answer everything with "Lady in Red" and "Don't Pay the Ferryman." For the integrity of the joke, I wanted someone who literally wrote and performed only two songs, both of which were famous. I couldn't think of any. So that left "96 Tears" the most famous song I'm aware of by a band that was created just to perform the song. Anyway, I'm thrilled to know that my friend knew me better than I know myself. Maybe these memes really do help spread knowledge!]