Sometimes I Hate the Internet

It’s too easy to learn things with the Internet. Curious? Go to Google (or the very much pimped Bing).

Well a band I have enjoyed the past couple of years is The Hold Steady. I don’t remember how I found out about them, but I love their sound and their lyrics. The first time I heard them, it sounded like a semi-drunk yet brilliant guy singing into his beer. It was awesome and fresh.

Recently I asked my husband if he knew what the lead singer of The Hold Steady looked like. “No, but guessing from the voice, I see someone like John Popper, the guy from Blues Traveler.” Really? Because I saw him looking a bit like Scott Weiland when he dresses up in a suit – hair still messed up, shirt a bit crumpled and unbuttoned, a bit disheveled but in a stylish way and looking very much under the influence of something/s.  I can't believe I have liked this band for a while, have more than one of their albums, can sing along with their lyrics but don't know what the band actually looks like.

Today I Googled The Hold Steady and was disappointed to find that the lead singer looks more like the coworker who would help me when I have an issue with my work laptop.


But then… if it had been reverse. Went to see this band at 9:30 without knowing diddly about them and their sound and saw this techie-geek-esque dude up there singing these songs, I would be an instant fan. I would love the contradiction and find the sound even more fantastic.

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Instead, in the world of MP3s and mix tape CDs from friends, I heard the music, loved it, and then saw the band. Sometimes modern technology takes all the fun out of things.


  1. Anonymous
    April 23, 2010 / 2:02 pm

    The Hold Steady is my husband’s favorite band. If you have the chance to see them in concert, DO IT. Craig Finn has AMAZING stage presence! He can hand dance with the best of them. I swear, it will make you love them more. They are really cool guys, and much better than I ever could have imagined them to look if I had tried!

  2. April 23, 2010 / 8:21 am

    This is true for so many things. I find the photos less offensive than the information you can find out there about people. I don’t want to know the seedy history of anyone in the public eye, since some things make me no longer interested in them.

    But, now thanks to your description of their sound I am totally looking into their music! “Semi-drunk yet brilliant guy singing into his beer” Sounds great!

  3. April 23, 2010 / 1:22 am

    Video killed the Radio Star! LOL
    I certainly don’t mind this in our world of mass- produced, over-dubbed, beautiful, but less-than talented musical “artists”!!!

  4. April 22, 2010 / 10:35 pm

    I know what you mean! I don’t even bother Googling my fave new acts anymore for fear the hotness quotient won’t be met. Which really is shallow on my part, but hey, I’m a visual creature!

    I did have this happen when I Googled ‘Band of Horses.’ Eek. Love the music. The look, not so much.

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