So last night, I went to a "Buffalo Wild Wings" (restaurant/sports bar-type place). Got a little sloppy drunk, and decided to take a look at the jukebox.
"Well, I'll check it out, and see what they have, and if they have anything good, I'm gonna pick some tunes."
So the first couple of pages of CD covers were what you would expect to find at a hot wings eatery in the middle of Oklahoma. You've got your Eagles Greatest Hits, your Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell, Zeppelin IV, and, of course, some Skynyrd. Probably some Steve Miller and Jimmy Buffett in there, too. I don't remember them all.
But imagine my surprise when I came across Use Your Illusion I.
Well, that sealed the deal. So I picked "Drive" by The Cars first, and then "Coma", and then Al Green's "Let's Stay Together".
And "Coma" isn't even my favorite song, but I figured, at around ten minutes long, I'd get a lot more bang for my buck by picking that one instead of some three-or-four-minute number.
(And yeah, "November Rain" is equally as long as "Coma", but that just doesn't translate as well in that type of environment. You know.)
So, "Drive" comes and goes, and here comes GN'R. Everything's good for the first few minutes, but about halfway through, right around that slow, quiet part, the the song started skipping! At first, I thought, well, it's just skipping for a second, just like my own personal copy at home--no big deal.
But it continued to skip until the very end of the song. Until Al Green came on.
I didn't get visual proof, as I couldn't see the jukebox, but it's my contention that someone there with special jukebox access sabotaged my selection. Maybe because it was a ten-minute song, maybe it was because of the questionable language, maybe it was because that song stopped being cool about twelve years ago. I don't know.
But I do know that I got gypped out of half of one of my three selections, which, at three songs for a dollar, translates out to about 33 cents a song, so half of that would be about 17 cents.
I'm still puzzled about the whole incident--I mean, if you aren't prepared to hear all of the songs on a CD, for whatever reason, then don't put that CD in the jukebox.
However, all was not lost:
In their little nationwide satellite trivia game, I came in in 63rd place in the country, which I was quite proud of.