Note to Fellow Passengers:

If I’m wearing headphones and reading a book on the subway, at least have the courtesy to not be annoyed when I answer “I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you” after you ask me directions. About 47 other people were just standing there, no music, no book, but you pick me, and then you want details on your whole commute. “can I get the 6 train there? Can I transfer to Metro North at 125th? Can I please be sliced across the grill with a box cutter while I get robbed by Nietas?”

I paid eight gazillion $$$ for my ipod, and I’m gonna listen to it. Your questions cost me .34 cents. I don’t even look like someone you could trust, and if you knew who I consorted with, for a living, you’d probably pick another car. Iguess this is the underground version of road rage: the subway surly.

And so this became appropriate, and appropriate on another level, since Nikki Sudden died here a few weeks ago:

Swell Maps/Nikki Sudden – New York


4 thoughts on “Note to Fellow Passengers:

  1. I just picked up about 25 early stone roses demos that give an interesting persepctive on the band. Perhaps your readers would want to hear a few? Who would have thought that there was a bit of a jagged Gang of Four/Joy Division swagger before all that production? Peter


  2. Hate to double post here bro,but my better half saw you Friday with your ipod and made the decision not to disrupt your music time with annoying greetings. Funny!Peter


  3. Stone Roses demos would be fan-frikkin tastic – where did you get them? —although I must say that those live bootlegs I heard have dropped them a notch in the canon – Ian B cannot sing worth a damn in a live setting.Your better half saw someone, but not J Frank Parnell. He drives a Malibu. (but pls apologize for af)


  4. My brother picked up the Stone Roses demos on some Web site. There are about 20-25 of them. All before the second record and several completely unknown songs. Ian is not even a great singer on record 🙂 But what great records they made in those early days. The Sally Cin. stuff actually sounds as if it was recording in a bedroom with a boombox. The later stuff are real demos that give an idea of how the songs progressed. I Wanna Be Adored started as a bit more of a rocker. And yes, I am sure my better half was confused.Peter


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