Playing Fugazi's Repeater For My Kids: "I Like When They Shout Things"

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So I liked when Audra suggested her contributors who are also parents subject their offspring to their own favorite music. In her piece about the uproar over an NPR intern's dismissal of Public Enemy, she is of the opinion that younger generations are in the right to reject or ignore the music older folks consider classics. I agree that they can and should form contrary opinions to those of their forefathers, but I think any discerning music lover should at least sample music that shaped the current music landscape. I wouldn't say I've forced my tastes on my kids. It's just that I own more records, and it's my home stereo, and my car -- though I'm glad to change stations or put in their CDs if they ask.

While I wasn't old enough to appreciate it when it came out, Fugazi's Repeater is among the albums that shaped what I think about rock when I got to high school, is considered a classic and, because I hadn't listened to it in years, the kids would hear it with fresh ears. Following are the kids' reactions, track-by-track.

"Turnover"
They seemed pretty unmoved by this one. No visible signs of rocking out or even head nodding, and they didn't take a break from their ongoing conversation.
Iris, without much enthusiasm: It was good.
Lyle, apathetic: It was nice.


"Repeater"
My favorite song on the album got a better reaction. Not enough to get them off the couch, though.
Iris, more convincing: It was good.
Lyle: It was very rock and roll.
Iris: I just love rock and roll, like the drums, the bamp! Bamp!
Lyle: I like the guitar.

"Brendan #1"
Lyle: That wasn't as good as the other ones.
Iris, totally bored: Yeah.


"Merchandise"
Iris: I liked that one!
Lyle: Yeah, it had a good ending.
Iris: It sounded like something you could dance to.
After I gave my thoughts on the anti-materialism in the lyrics, she was more enthusiastic.
Iris: I wish people thought that way today.

"Blueprint"
Iris: I liked that one too.
Lyle: That one was a little more different than the others.


"Sieve Fisted Find"
Lyle: I like the drums a lot in this one! I can't understand what he's saying. It sounds like 'sophisti-find.' If only I had long hair so like I could ... (begins headbanging).
Iris: That was cool. I don't know what else to say.

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Jesse Hughey
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