Friday, September 30th, 2011

Maroon 5 Guy And Christina Aguilera Score No. 1 Hit By Cutting Out A Small But Important Part Of Man's Heart And Slowly Devouring It Before His Very Eyes

When I was 14, after we graduated from Markham Place School at a ceremony by the gazebo on the hill by the baseball fields, there was a party for my eighth grade class with pizza and a six-foot-long sub from Danny's and a DJ and stuff. We were euphoric, as kids are at the end of every school year—and even more so this year, it being the end of grade school in its entirety, and us having recently returned from an overnight class trip to Washington D.C. that had seemed to engender good feelings all around. I was a dork in 8th grade, not invited to many of the birthday parties you'd overhear about on Monday, at which more popular guys would get to kiss the girls who would end up signing your yearbook, "Dear David, I don't know you very well, but I know you're very nice! Have a great summer!" But so much of that bad stuff seemed to float away at the graduation party—everybody had fun. Kids talked to and laughed with kids they hadn't talked to or laughed with through eight years of going to school together. It was great.

At the end of the party, after we'd all gone crazy to Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" and shouted the "Hey! Get laid! Get fucked!" ad-lib parts we were supposed to shout when the DJ played Billy Idol's "Mony Mony," and been moved to a level of genuine compassion and emotion that felt foreign to us as 14-year-olds when Martin Torbert, who was in a wheelchair because of the muscular dystrophy he would die from six years later, slow danced with his girlfriend to Survivor's "The Search Is Over," which was announced as "their song," at the end of the party, someone had the idea that me and Ted Trainor and Matt McCabe and Dave Murgio should do a lipsync performance of the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up." Ted and Matt and Dave were all more popular than I was, but I was known as a music nut, and the Stones were my favorite band, so I think this is the reason I was included. Me and Dave argued for a minute over who would get to be Keith Richards, but since Dave was more popular, and since he said I would know the words better, he won and I agreed to be Mick Jagger.

I was a little nervous when the music started, looking out at the faces of my classmates who I knew didn't know me very well, and who I feared didn't like me very much. But everyone was smiling and obviously into it, so I got into it, too. I danced like Mick, and put my hands on my hips and threw my arms back and stuck out my lips and pouted as I mouthed the words into the imaginary microphone I held in my hand. I had his moves memorized, from watching the famous video of him singing this song onstage in the Philadelphia Eagles jersey during the Tattoo You tour from a few years before. I had practiced them plenty in the privacy of my bedroom. I strutted like a rooster and leaned back-to-back against Dave, just like Mick and Keith did, when we harmonized on the "You make a grown man cry-aye-aye" parts.

It was a resounding victory. Everyone cheered and mobbed us at the end of the song, just like we were real rock stars. As things settled down, and people went back to get a last slice of pizza or cup of soda or whatever, Liz Ryan, who was pretty, and pretty popular, but also a bit shy, came up to me and smiled and quietly said, "You were a good Mick Jagger."

So now the guy from Maroon 5, Adam Levine—about whom I harbor feelings similar to those expressed by Richard Lawson, who wrote on Twitter, while watching him on the TV show "The Voice" back in April, "How many hookers do we think Adam Levine has murdered in his basement torture maze? At least several?" —now Adam Levine, and to a lesser extent Christina Aguilera, with their song "Moves Like Jagger," currently the no. 1 song in this whole god-forsaken country, and has just been made even worse somehow, with the addition of two verses from the unfortunately existing Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller on a new remixed version, now all these people… they have hurt me very deeply in a way that they will never be able to truly understand.

16 Comments / Post A Comment

Bryan Keller (#3,804)

It's a good pop song, in the same way you were a good Mick Jagger.

Martita (#122,061)

That video, with footage of Jagger spliced in, just magnifies how soulless Adam Levine truly is.

melis (#1,854)

He's got dead eyes!

GailPink (#9,712)

I would not have guessed/imagined that the less popular student would have been the one to "get to" be Mick Jagger.

Dave Bry (#422)

It's weird, isn't it. But even back then, we all knew that all "real Stones fans" would want to be Keith. And that night, certainly, it likely had something to do with not wanting to be the one really dancing and showing out in front of our classmates. There had not been enough liquor spiked into our sodas.

hockeymom (#143)

I'm sure you were pretty good. Not sure you would hold up to an 8th grade Chris MacGowan doing Bon Scott in Nancy's basement, because THAT performance rocked my world. Every time I hear "Highway to Hell", I'm transported into a panel lined rec room, filled with sweaty kids wearing cords, with feathered hair, just going crazy to AC/DC.
Adam Levine better stay the hell away from that memory.

Annie K. (#3,563)

Oh Dave, I'm sure you were better than those yahoos.

deepomega (#1,720)

Maroon 5:Music::Soylent Green:Delicious steaks

dado (#102)

You got to do Jagger…I had to do Cocker's "Little Help From My Friends." They just stared.

CaptBackslap (#10,313)

Mac Miller is a pretty good MC. His material isn't that great, but he has talent.

Bittersweet (#765)

I imagine those poor dead hookers (RIP) in the basement torture maze called him Weasel Face within earshot.

iplaudius (#1,066)

And now the dudes are lining up cause they hear we got swagger,
But we kick 'em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger.

Dear Dave Bry:
I'm sorry for Cutting Out A Small But Important Part Of Your Heart And Slowly Devouring It Before Your Very Eyes…

Dave – As I recall, your moves were quite reminiscent of Jagger. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. And as brain bleach for that atrocity that Maroon 5 has committed, I'd recommend the new Dum Dum Girls record.

Rosebud (#4,107)

@Mike Eovino@facebook I love that we have an eyewitness corroborating this story.

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