Monday, October 25, 2010

Tee-pee for your mental bunghole...

Fourteen years ago yours truly was in graduate school, studying remote sensing, quantum mechanics, orbital mechanics, cosmology, semiconductors, optics, and a whole host of other brain-grinding classes to earn the title "Master of Science in Applied Physics" with a specialty in space systems. Long, had days of class followed by studying well into the evening; it's a good thing I was single then.

On a typical school night I'd study until 10 pm, then clean up and shower. Then I would de-compress my strained brain by seeking out what it desperately needed - Beavis and Butthead.


There was a certain brilliance to their imbecility. While their adventures were pure, unadulterated silliness, their running commentary while watching the music videos of the day was priceless and really quite insightful. Yes, the Stone Temple Pilots were a shitty Pearl Jam copy. Yes, Ace of Base sucked. Yes, Pantera rocked. It was, for a time, the sole redeeming program on MTV. It's cancellation in 1997 marked the day the channel went from 99% shit to 100% shit.

Music was at an interesting point then. Technology was coming on strong, but not so strongly that you didn't still need some modicum of talent to make it really, REALLY huge in the biz. I've often wondered what a Beavis and Butthead video critique would look like today. Would they wear meat dresses while they watched Lady GaGa spew her highly derivative, talentless crap all over the screen? How would they react to a System of A Down video?  I no longer have to wonder.

THEY'RE BACK

Well, according to the New York Post they almost are.  If Mike Judge can keep his comic and artistic integrity that's so evident in King of the Hill, Office Space, and Idiocracy - and why shouldn't he.  I ... gasp! ... would actually be seen watching MTV!

In case you haven't figured it out, the first eight seconds or so of this short video should explain how I feel:


6 comments:

Beach Bum said...

Remote Sensing and Quantum mechanics?

Were you all playing with subatomic entanglement again? On another note, saw a t-shirt once that claimed Heisenberg was drunk and or stoned when he came up with the uncertainty principle.

As for Beavis and Butthead I can't wait for their observations of today's pop culture.

MRMacrum said...

"Let's move closer to the TV" - classic.

Sadly though I think the only way we will ever see them back is if they get fired from the leadership jobs of the Republican and Democratic parties.

Julie said...

Coincidentally, I cheered myself up this weekend with some B&B after a really awful week that sucked more than anything has ever sucked before.

Chances are I'll be watching more this weekend.

New B&B? That's the best news I'm likely to hear all day. Thank you!

Randal Graves said...

Ah, so many memories. Bagging on that Morbid Angel video, trying to score the "hard stuff," fake beards, Mr. Buzzcut.

Chef Cthulhu said...

BB - I never had a problem with the uncertainty principle. It was Schroedinger's Cat that got me all confuzzled and be-fuckled.

Crum - Actually, I think they took jobs as speech writers for Palin and O'Donnel.

Julie - Sorry to hear things sucked, but B&B's mojo is eternal.

Randal - I totally forgot about the Morbid Angel video! Boooowwww to me faaaiiiiiiithfully...

Budd said...

this is good news