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It’s a Bad Day for Jesus

As I was exiting the train at Porter Square this morning, a man (who I presume was homeless) was squatting on the platform picking up magazines and newspapers that had spilled from his torn shopping bag. He was stacking them and placing them carefully into one of 4 other bags he was carrying around – all filled with papers and empty bottles.

He was mumbling something – or at least mouthing words silently – but I couldn’t hear because I was grooving to the new CD from Nouvelle Vague*. Anyway, as I walked by he looked up at me and, I swear to….well…I swear to him, that he looked like Jesus. Or, at least he looks like what we’ve made Jesus to look like in paintings or on random potato chips or sweat stained shirts.

Oh, and I was unable to attend the annual “You Oughta’ Be In Pictures” event last night since the tickets were sold out. This is a local event (the first and possibly only in the country) where local residents videotape themselves having sex and then submit them to be edited and played at the (locally) historic Coolidge Corner Theatre. All of the footage from the various people is edited so that each submission gets about 5 minutes of footage shown. At the end of the evening, the video is ceremoniously destroyed. I gusss I’ll wait until next year.


*Nouvelle Vague is this french group, apparently, who make samba versions of late 70’s and early 80’s new wave and punk songs. My favorite is their cover of Depeche Mode’s “Just Can’t Get Enough” or Joy Divisions “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. Other covers include “A Forest” (the Cure), “Teenage Kicks” (Undertones), and “Making Plans for Nigel” (XTC)…all to a samba beat. FUN!


  1. Comment by chrispy on May 5, 2005 11:18 am

    **see also Senor Coconut. a german guy thats done “Smooth Operator”, and “Smoke on the water” in swinging mambo-samba-merengue style! dont bogart the spliff y’all!

  2. Comment by Dave in Chicago (2) on May 5, 2005 12:33 pm

    Well, I guess you’ll just have to make you OWN tape! 😛

  3. Comment by David on May 5, 2005 1:42 pm

    maybe it was a sign.
    A sicko homoSEXual man going to see home made nudie flicks, you couldn’t get in, so Jesus was just reminding you of the path of rightgeousness……..

  4. Comment by matt on May 6, 2005 4:48 am

    Are you sure it wasn’t Kenny Loggins? He is kind of nutty and looks a bit Jesus-like. James Taylor used to look like Jesus, but now he looks like an accountant. …age is a cruel thing!

  5. Comment by karyn on May 6, 2005 8:54 am

    holy crap, Matt, that’s funny. david’s too. i can’t improve on those.

  6. Comment by karyn on May 6, 2005 8:58 am

    Since you are so hep to the jive, and I clearly am not, maybe you will have an idea how to find a couple of tracks I am interested in procuring. Sadly, the one I CAN find is from a seller on Amazon who has it listed at $39 – sorry, I will NOT pay 40 bucks for a single track –

    I’m looking for La Belle et Le Bad Boy by MC Solaar (from what I can discern he is a French rap artist – how did this happen to me, exactly?) and You Got The Love by Candie Staton (whose work appears to run heavily to Christian, or at least Religious-slash-spiritual tunes…what the hell…these aren’t my run o the mill tastes in music, but I love these tracks. Just stop making fun , ok?) Anyway, any help with this will be most appreciated! xoxo

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