2. Rush, Take It Slow
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Lying on my back, drooling blood onto a bib, the last thing I wanted to hear was "Hotel California." Not that I should have been surprised; rarely has a dentist's appointment been endured without the exacerbating sonic stimulus of the Eagles' signature tune. The faulty psychology that leads dentists to fill their examination rooms with "soothing" soft rock is as fallacious as the logic that a lifetime's worth of twice-annual dental appointments is better than losing your teeth at thirty and having to suck processed filet mignon through a straw for the rest of your life. No, the only thing that made me more depressed than finding out that I have three cavities - one for each year since my last such rendezvous - was finding it out to a soundtrack of Don Henley. In future, dentists, please cease all manipulativeness; please be frank; please play only Otis Rush while you inflict your iniquities; please dim the lights real low - I don't care if your vision is impaired; please turn the heat way up; please provide scotch, not water, for me to rinse my mouth with. O you doctors of the teeth, let's call a spade a spade; an appointment with you isn't sun-soaked, but dark, dark blue.Posted by Jordan at February 13, 2008 4:44 PM
best thing i've read here. also you guys need to add a "songs" box on your comment error page, so we non-bots can prove our non-botness, even after we err.Posted by brandon at February 13, 2008 6:27 PM
it's songs like this otis rush one that keep me coming here.Posted by josh at February 13, 2008 9:28 PM
Otis Rush song gone?Posted by johnn-nnnnnnny at February 14, 2008 3:19 AM
Not sure where he went or why, but Otis is back.Posted by Jordan at February 14, 2008 11:34 AM
I went to the dentist today myself. I thought about your post as my teeth were cleaned and gums gouged. I wanted to turn that water into scotch so bad, I think I may have started a fire in their kitchenette on accident.
Hooray for Otis Rush! I'm a Chicago boy, and I do love the blues. You have to get Magic Sam's West Side Soul album though. It's like Buddy Guy channeling Otis Redding.Posted by Michael at February 14, 2008 8:25 PM
one time years ago i was interviewing ike turner (r.i.p.) live on the radio. we were going to break for music for a sec, so i put on "double trouble" and mentioned that turner had provided the (seminal) guitar coda. when we came back on the air, ike mentioned that "i forgot i played on that track"Posted by kelvin walsh at February 23, 2008 11:32 AM
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