Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mea Culpa

At around 7:50 am Pacific time, I was surprised to hear the Dan Patrick Show coming out of commercial with the Brian Eno song "Baby's on Fire." Let's just say that you normally don't hear those lyrics in drive time radio, sports or otherwise.

Baby's on fire
Better throw her in the water
Look at her laughing
Like a heifer to the slaughter

Baby's on fire
And all the laughing boys are bitching
Waiting for photos
Oh the plot is so bewitching

Rescuers row row
Do your best to change the subject
Blow the wind blow blow
Lend some assistance to the object

Photographers snip snap
Take your time she's only burning
This kind of experience
Is necessary for her learning...

Hmm...perhaps the inclusion of the song was a reference to Adam Sandler's spitting encounter with a paparazzi. Or perhaps someone just liked the song.

At the same time, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Eno's solo work on the radio at all. The song was driving me backwards to my college days in the early 1980s, and I wondered why more radio programmers didn't use Eno's 1970s solo work. Some of them are old, after all. But I guess they want some familiarity in the songs that you hear on the shows.

After the song, Patrick launched into some baseball talk that had nothing to do with babies or fire, but unfortunately the local radio station (KLAC) apparently lost the feed for a few seconds, and you know that dead finks don't talk. I'm sure the audio guy wished that he was on some faraway beach at that point, since radio abhors dead air.

P.S. Those of you who are smirking about the material I've written above probably realize that the title of this post doesn't fit the formula. And, if you hate David Bryne, you're probably groaning right now.

Too bad.

Here's a video.

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