When NPR, FOX, and VICE merge in to one network, catering to all the dumb dumbs born to baby-boomers, this is the kind of music coverage you can expect. Originally aired on Princeton radio, trannies, psychics, prostitutes, Verizon employees, and more weigh in on the most recent full-length released by Normal Love. Listen to Carmen’s comments about NL on the radio show, True Stories.
Carmen: Scream Too
by HONDA 98.6 of Normal Love
One Thursday night in March, me and two friends narrowly avoided being falsely incriminated in an underage prostitution sting operation. It all started, when I set out for a questionable night, with some audio gear, a point n’ shoot Canon camera, and my old pocket knife in case things got weird. After mentioning an idea for a music review project, my friend and boss at the time, Grace, and her neighbor Chris — a taxi driver by trade — offered to go cruising around in a zip car with me for tranny prostitutes. I was hoping to play them some tracks of my solo music, and my band Normal Love off of an iPod while recording their opinions on what they heard.
Chris knew all the spots where people hooked. We headed uptown to about 125th street and 3rd ave. In that area, if you were a woman, walking by yourself, it meant only one thing. And if you were a man, it meant three things. It was the bleakest of the bleak.
I saw one of the scariest specimens of human life that night; this muscular-looking male prostitute, wearing a black bandit hat and cape. After making eyes at us, he ducked in to a pedestrian tunnel with a John. Then we saw this one young girl hooking on the corner. The three of us slowed down, and pondered her as a surveyee for this music-interview project for a few moments. Then, we all realized that she looked WAY too young. Imagine if a cop drove by, and took us in for soliciting a minor. SHIT, we thought. We kept driving. We drove around and saw a few women hooking on various corners. I thought to myself, these people would definitely do this project, but they just looked so down on their luck. We were driving around the neighborhood in circles, when we came across the same underage girl again. We noticed just around the corner, obscured from John-soliciting-dar, were two police cars, with lights turned off, waiting silently to bust the next piece of shit to approach her. We drove off.
PHEWWW, we said, and kept driving. The cops were just around the corner, and if this wasn’t a sting operation waiting for us, it was a huge coincidence.
It was about 2:30 A.M..The vibe in the car between the three of us was a bit defeatist. We couldn’t find anyone that seemed right for the job. Better go find some exhibitionist-y, in your face trannies in lower Manhattan, we thought, as the scene uptown was GRIM. We didn’t want to have anything to do with it, even if we were simply paying those people to listen to music, and not, you know, give us sex in exchange for our money.
We headed back downtown and drove around for a while. Chris told us how surprised he was that there weren’t way more trannies hooking around lower Manhattan, as they were usually buy one get one free in the West Village at that time of night. Then, when we were stopped at a red light, finally, we found Carmen.
I popped out of the car and explained to her the details of the project, offering $20 to just listen to some music and talk about it, and then have her photo taken and published online.
“Yeah ok, sure. You’re not a cop, are you?”
I said, “No. we don’t want any sex, in any form. It’s just a straight-up the music project.”
Then she got in. This is what she said about the music:
C I think of a stage play. I don’t know if you saw Scream 2 before?
H98.6 Yeah, I did.
C But I just think of that scene, where Neve Campbell’s a theater student, and she’s doing her rehearsal for the performance. That’s what I thought of. That’s what I think of.
H98.6 That’s good.
C Cassandra, that’s the character and the play [in Scream 2]. See, I’m into my movies. I’m a horror-type, fan. I’m thinking about Carrie, and the scene in the school, when she just starts making s$%t happen. That’s what I’m thinking about right now. That’s what this song is like.
H98.6 Are you into Sissy Spacek?
[More music being played…]
C It reminds me of the busy streets of New York…
C Construction. Non-stop. Just, the city never sleeps. Yeah, ta haha, it gives me….New York.
C It’s very kitchen…like pots and pans. I know this sound, because I’m a very eclectic person, myself. I’m trying to think of the sound. It sound like a piece of foil. There’s a type of paper that make that same sound.
[More music being played…]
C I think, like, Cirque du Soleil.
H98.6 You know that they’re doing The Eternal Michael Jackson, Cirque du Soleil right now?
C Oh, lord.
H98.6 I just saw this poster and it’s this weird image of MJ’s face with all of these dancers and saxophones exploding out of it. It looks good.
[More music playing…]
C OK. Now I’m hearing like modern dance.
[More music playing…]
C Very Lady Gaga-ish.
HONDA 98.6 is a poser from 2085. He plays in the band, Normal Love, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.