My Life of Brian Moment

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So last night Ray Davies opened his set at the 9:30 Club with "I'm Not Like Everybody Else." He asked the audience to sing along, and suddenly I was surrounded by a choir of fans declaring, in unison, that they aren't like all those other people. I remembered Lou Rollins' description of the libertarian movement: a herd of individualists stampeding towards freedom.

The chorus came around again: I'm not like everybody else… I thought about shouting "I am!," but the joke's been done. Instead I joined in.

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  1. They can call that place the 9:30 Club, but if it doesn’t have that 9:30 smell, it’s not the 9:30 club.

    I could tell where my friends had been from half a block away.

  2. Second time I’ve seen this irony noted recently. Weird.

    Anon

  3. The new 9:30 club used to be the WUST radio hall. WUST had been a gospel station. There used to be a great mural behind the stage showing rural blacks reading the bible and planting crops. The mural made for an interesting juxtaposition to the hardcore punk bands I used to see there (DKs, TSOL and others).
    I probably went to 50+ shows at the old 930 club, but I have no nostalgia for the place. It was like seeing a concert in a moldy broom closet.

  4. Sorry, but those joining a crowd of a few hundred seeing Ray Davies are definitely NOT like everybody else.

  5. Cast off the shoe, follow the gourd

  6. I thought the same thing when I saw that commercial during the basketball tournament which uses the song.

  7. What about a crowd singing “One is the loneliest number”?

  8. I saw Smashing Pumpkins at the old 9:30 club just before it closed. It was great show. The old 9:30 was a dump, but I can’t help but miss it. I am sucker for history.

    My life of Brian moment came in college when I noticed that all of my fellow students who tried to be different from the mainstream of my middle USA state university all dressed exactly the same as if they had been issued uniforms.

  9. Just a note for the Hit & Run Kinkophiles (I know you’re out there): It was a great show. If the tour comes near you, run don’t walk to get tickets.

  10. One question Jesse. Did he play Paranoia? I love that song.

  11. If the tour comes near you

    Would have been nice to add a link 🙂

    Ray Davies Tour

  12. I had a similar experience at a Rush concert in the early 1990’s, during “Free Will”. Thousands of people declaring “I will choose free will” in unison, and me looking around to see if anyone else gets the joke. I always wonder if the musicians are smirking when these things happen.

  13. John: Do you mean “Destroyer” (“paranoia may destroy ya…”) or do you mean “Acute Scizophrenia Paranoia Blues”?

    Not that it matters — he didn’t actually play either one. Here’s a setlist:

    first set:

    I’m Not Like Everybody Else
    Where Have All the Good Times Gone?
    Till the End of the Day
    After the Fall
    20th Century Man
    Oklahoma USA
    Village Green/Picture Book
    Animal Farm
    Johnny Thunder
    Sunny Afternoon
    Dead End Street
    Next-Door Neighbour
    Creatures of Little Faith
    Over My Head
    The Tourist
    Low Budget

    second set:

    Stand-Up Comic
    Things Are Gonna Change (The Morning After)
    Long Way from Home
    The Getaway (Lonesome Train)
    The Hard Way
    Tired of Waiting
    Set Me Free
    All Day and All of the Night

    first encore:

    Days
    You Really Got Me

    second encore:

    Lola

  14. As a Kinkophile, I second Jesse’s recommendation. It was a great show, one to please any Kinks fan–and even make some new ones.

    Highlights for me included Ray’s dedication of Long Way from Home to his brother Dave and a great performance of 20th Century Man, possibly the most conservative rock song ever written:

    You keep all your smart modern writers
    Give me William Shakespeare
    You keep all your smart modern painters
    I’ll take Rembrandt, Titian, Da Vinci and Gainsborough,

    Girl we gotta get out of here
    We gotta find a solution
    I’m a twentieth century man but I don’t want to die here.

  15. Yeah, “20th Century Man” was the show’s high point (or the highest of several high points). I’ve never heard the song rock harder than it did last night. Sometimes it sounded almost punk.

    As for the song’s politics, don’t forget this verse:

    I was born in a welfare state, ruled by bureaucracy
    Controlled by civil servants and people dressed in grey
    Got no privacy, got no liberty
    ‘Cause the twentieth century people took it all away from me

  16. Thousands of people declaring “I will choose free will” in unison, and me looking around to see if anyone else gets the joke. I always wonder if the musicians are smirking when these things happen.

    Probably not. They’ve probably already grasped that people given free will might nonetheless choose to engage in group activities.

  17. Yeah, Rush is talking more about personal responsibility vs determinism in that one than conformity/iconoclasm.

    I have certainly freely chosen to join in such group geek-outs.

  18. Thousands of people declaring “I will choose free will” in unison, and me looking around to see if anyone else gets the joke. I always wonder if the musicians are smirking when these things happen.

    I kinda have to throw in and say, yeah, the joke was pretty much on you. 😉

  19. They can call that place the 9:30 Club, but if it doesn’t have that 9:30 smell, it’s not the 9:30 club.

    Yawn. joe, you should’ve been a baby-boomer. I hear Woodstock was better the first time around, too.

  20. I always wonder if the musicians are smirking when these things happen.

    Since you’re speaking about Rush, I wonder if the musicians ever smirk that people actually consider them to be musicians. What a wacky world we live in!

  21. ‘Got no privacy, got no liberty…’

    Well why don’t you get in your time machine and go die in the Libertopia where DaVinci lived. The time travel part might be tricky, but once you get there it should be reasonably easy to die. Try saying something against the Church or the Medicis for example.

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