TURN IT DOWN
|By Rich Tupica|
Don’t be ’that guy’If you’re planning to head out to a local show this week, please, don’t be "that guy." You know who I’m talking about, the one-man-mosh pit. The lone dancing buffoon.
Look around; Are others partaking in your thrashing and/or spastic dancing? If not, then odds are you are drunk and making an ass out of yourself.
Not only does this annoying person decide to throw off the vibe of the crowd, next he decides to heckle the band everyone came to see. Whether it’s yelling rude comments (“Hurry up! Play something!”), or screaming for one particular song repeatedly (“Play ‘Freebird!”), either way, “that guy” has decided to take the spotlight off the musicians everyone paid to see.
As far as excuses go, I’m not buying the “I’m just trying to have a good time” defense. It’s common sense, if everyone else is having a good time without showboating and getting physical with strangers, these drunks are simply getting out of line. I feel “that guy” knows what he’s doing, and he finds his actions to be impressive or humorous. Drunk people think a lot of stuff is funny.
It’s a shame the innocent bystanders, who patiently put up with the drunken bully for a good portion of the set, are eventually forced to push back and yell at them to stop being a jerk.
For some reason, when confronted, it’s usually a surprise to “that guy,” who then reverts to the “just having a good time” defense. Don’t buy it and don’t let them slide.
Hopefully “that guy” avoids these upcoming Lansing shows:
Hip hop hits East Lansing
Real hip-hop will invade The Small Planet on Wednesday, July 1, when local rapper extraordinaire P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. takes the stage, delivering his positive, clever rhymes with a swagger other artists would pay cash for. Sharing the bill is TH?UNKNOWNS, who blend ambient melodies with unconventional beats and lyrics. Imagine if Interpol had decided to release an indie hip-hop record. Check out the track “Real Boy” on the rapper’s MySpace and see for yourself. An interesting addition to the lineup is Funktion, a Kalamazoo funk and soul band. The seven-piece band mixes Stevie Wonder style vocals with a touch of Jamiroquai and catchy harmonies.
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