Saturday, January 30, 2010

Art Brut

I occasionally like to drill my kids on their knowledge of pop history. It keeps 'em on their toes, I find.

This week, we were listening to the radio when the (wonderful) Keep The Customer Satisfied came on. The Simon and Garfunkel version, thankfully.

"Who's this?" I asked. The usual educated guesses ensued.

"Blondie?" pondered the nine-year old. It often is, but it wasn't on this occasion.

"Beach Boys?" asked the eleven-year old hopefully.

"No," replied I. "I'll give you a clue. It's one of grandpa's favourite groups." My dad has always liked Simon & Garfunkel. Bridge Over Troubled Water was one of the albums that soundtracked my youth, along with Tapestry and Mud Slide Slim.

The proverbial light bulb went on over the nine-year old's head. He struggled to remember his grandfather's favourites. He could remember. Nearly, anyway. I could tell. After a long pause, he formulated his guess. "Errrrrr......Artle & Funk?"

We fell about laughing.

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