Hearsay: Wednesday, January 16, 2003
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Me Thinks So

HearSay really likes this relatively new band called the Me-Thinks, but your columnist believes that these guys better check themselves before they inevitably wreck themselves because denizens of The Scene and lawyers for Gene Simmons frown meanly upon — let’s call it — “immaturity.”

First, about those denizens. See, the cool dudes of the Me-Thinks brag about how awful they are, knowing full well how non-bad and indeed good they are. The logic behind this bizarro PR attack, according to the boys in the band, is rooted in reverse psychology: If you tell people you suck, the Me-Thinks say, then they won’t expect much from you or your music.

The problem is that this trick only works once — after a scenester sees the band and realizes how good it is, she’s not going to need to buy into the we-suck pose. That, and this scenester is likely gonna feel, well, like she had one put over on her.

Second, about Gene-O’s lawyers. The cover of the Me-Thinks’ debut disc, an e.p., is a rip-off of KISS’ Rock and Roll Over album. As it was explained to HearSay last week by one of the Me-Thinks, ripping off KISS is cool because maybe KISS’ll get wind of the copy and sue — think about all the publicity a lawsuit like that would bring! This reminds HearSay of that woman who spilled piping hot coffee on her crotch and sued the fast-food chain that gave her the coffee for making the drink too frickin’ hot. A band as talented as the Me-Thinks shouldn’t have to depend on a cheap get-popular-quick scheme to get ahead. Their music is good enough. Let that do all the talking.

Viva Italiana!Viva HearSay!

It’s refreshing to know that not every Weekly reader is a jackass — there are actually some people out there who take what we say here seriously and, unlike the majority of you, don’t think that alternative media types are constantly trying to “put one over” on readers or that alt-writers are simply keeping the ironic detachment high just for the sake of attracting the cooler-than-thou demo. If you don’t recall, HearSay asked readers last week to name the Fort Worth supergroup HearSay dreamt up. One suggestion that stood out was Barnone, which (now this is the good part) could be pronounced either as “bar-none” — as in, “the best, bar none” — or, as those fine, civilized, artful, fun-loving Italianos might put it, “bar-NO-nay,” as in “this word actually doesn’t mean anything in Italian but it sounds cool.” Just knowing that some readers out there really like hearing about cool new local bands and happenings makes HearSay feel like it’s actually doing some good work. Say it now: Bar-NO-nay!!!

Contact HearSay at hearsay@fwweekly.com.

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