Saturday, January 06, 2007

God's Own Suburban Smackdown, or New Emhurst Press Columnist Might Be A Jerk.

Anyone who grew up in Elmhurst is probably familiar with the humorous, editorial column, "Loose Change." Written by Jack Zimmerman, "Loose Change" was often funny and insightful, never taking itself seriously, it had been a staple of The Elmhurst Press for twenty-three years. He just wrote his last column. I liked it and I'm gonna miss it.

So, let's rip the new guy...

Jeff Vrabel attempts to be funny, but borders on insulting, as he pokes fun at Time's Person of the Year(agreed, but alittle late), YouTube and the current state of the media and information.

You can read the article here. My biggest problem comes in the second paragraph.

"You were also plummeting music mag Spin's Artist of the Year, where Your crappy band and its MySpace page apparently exerted more oomph than anything by Bruce Springsteen or Bob Dylan or Lindsay Buckingham last year. They do not have MySpace pages or blogs, which apparently makes them a little less noteworthy than, say, Chicago band OK Go, who became very popular with a groundbreaking video, shot for $24, in which they run on treadmills for several consecutive minutes."

Here is the first point where he reveals his contempt for harmless modern popular music, among other things, while staking a claim of integrity by comparing it to unimpeachable classic rock icons (which he's obviously smarter for listening to), who are now, more or less, irrelevant.

That's all fine and good, but Jeff, you are writing for an Elmhurst newspaper. OK Go! isn't just a Chicago band. The drummer of OK Go! is York High graduate and former Elmhurst resident, Dan Konopka. Some who read this paper may know him. May have had class with him, or been helped out by him. Some may have worked with him, knee deep in the shit. Other's may have written, lovingly of him, despite his having only a vague memory of the writer.

So, I'll be damned if I let some columnist, who considers his tastes superior to mine, slam my former 16 Inchers teammate. A son of Elmhurst who rocked me out a time or two in this fair city.

Shape up, Jeff Vrabel. You're on notice.

87 comments:

Flannery Alden said...

I hate newspaper columnists who think they're funnier or smarter than I am. I prefer mine cranky and accidentally funny. Like Dick Feagler.

Note to self: Never sneer at Phil's friends.

Chris said...

Jack Zimmerman was our neighbor. I used to love his column. As a kid, I even went on his infamous bike ride around Chicagoland in search of the best Italian Beef. He just came out with his first novel, if you're interested.

lulu said...

Not only does he reveal his contempt, but he reveals his cluelessness. If he wants to mock pop culture, and I have no problem with that, why does he chose to mock a band that is innovative and clever instead of LiLo or Brittney or one of the other talentless bims running around? And what's wrong with the video costing $24? I think it;s great that they did something amazing and cool, not "run[ning] on treadmills", instead of the overwrought, pretentious videos that most bands put out.

Lindsay Buckingham? Really?

vikkitikkitavi said...

I actually clicked on the link to Vrabel's blog, and he sucks. I mean bad. I mean embarrassing bad.

Wow.

Jeff Vrabel sounds vaguely familiar, though. Like I knew that name when I lived in Chicago. Was he ever a lame local sports guy, or something like that?

Phil said...

Flannery - Cranky was just what the previous writer, Jack Zimmerman was. That's how I like them too.

Chris - Yes, he spoke about it in acouple columns. I might pick it up.

Lulu - Yeah, Maybe Lindsay Buckingham needs a MySpace.

Vik - he reviews a Taylor Hicks album. American Idol, Taylor Hicks. And, yes, he sounds familar to me to. But I can't find anything. His picture in the paper suggests he is my age though. In his 30's.

Johnny Yen said...

Jeff Vrabel used to be one of the pop music writers for the Sun Times. That's probably where you remember him from, Vikki.

And you know, Phil, how fond I am of music writers from the Sun Times....

Grant Miller said...

I knew I recognized the name Jeff Vrabel from somewhere. Keep on Keeping on Soul Patrol.

Badcock said...

I hate that Vrabel guy. What an ass.

OK, I'm just chiming in, but what kind of douchebag trots out Springsteen & Lindsay Buckingham (wasn't she in the Go-Gos?) as evidence of ... what exactly?

What a knob.

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