"Nothing is forbidden anymore." —Enrique Iglesias, "Bailamos"
March 23, 2015 6:35 PM   Subscribe

The boys ... are back.

Storify of this story's original form.

also the song itself if somehow you have never heard "The Boys Are Back In Town"
posted by Rustic Etruscan (62 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
 
I Rickrolled my local Irish bar this St. Patty's day. I did it. It was me. Twenty dollars' worth of "Never Gonna Give You Up". I was stealthier than this dude and kept telling everyone I was doing an Angus memorial AC/DC tribute set because St. Patty's. Then I left and watched the magic from across the street. AND IT WAS MAGICAL.
posted by analogue at 6:46 PM on March 23, 2015 [17 favorites]


I appreciated the Spotify playlist at the end.
posted by Iridic at 6:56 PM on March 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


Wait, I got confused. Where are the boys?
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 7:01 PM on March 23, 2015 [2 favorites]


Amateurs.

Do this with "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" and tell me how long it takes before the staff turn on you.
posted by ardgedee at 7:02 PM on March 23, 2015


Two, this jukebox permits the same song to be played back-to-back if each instance was paid for with a separate bill.

This is not a universal thing, actually. Years ago I repaired a 60s-era Seeburg jukebox with a core memory: One core per 45-side. So if you inserted a fistful of quarters all at once to play the same tune repeatedly, you'd only get to hear it once for your investment.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:08 PM on March 23, 2015 [1 favorite]




I did this with "Beast of Burden" (possibly more than once...) and never even got yelled at. Because it's fucking great.
posted by sallybrown at 7:24 PM on March 23, 2015 [3 favorites]


I feel guilty about doing this with Jackson Five's Rockin Robin at a Country and Western dancehall when I was just a young punk in middle school who hated country and thought I would be funny. In retrospect a lot less funny that I thought I was.
posted by vuron at 7:26 PM on March 23, 2015


I'm fairly firmly of the opinion that this sort of thing is only funny if you also actually like the song, but he seems to. Rightly so, too, because it's a really great song.

Also, if there's anyone else out there who likes The Boys are Back in Town but somehow hasn't heard anything else from Jailbreak, listen to the title track right now, because it is excellent, maybe even better than The Boys are Back in Town.
posted by Copronymus at 7:29 PM on March 23, 2015 [4 favorites]


I was there when this went down. Not at the bar but on twitter. Cuz I'm cool on a Saturday night.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:32 PM on March 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


The kids think that, like sex, they invented this.

What I don't get is how one dude's obnoxious behavior is worth reading about on the internet when you can probably experience it in your own town every night of the week. (And if you couldn't last week, you sure as hell can this week.)
posted by Seamus at 7:37 PM on March 23, 2015 [4 favorites]


I totally sang TBIBIT at at recent office karaoke going-away party, and I would definitely hang out at a bar that played it on endless loop. In fact, my band in the early '90s was consciously constructed to replicate Thin Lizzy's twin-guitar majesty. (We failed.)
posted by stargell at 7:39 PM on March 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


I did this with Looking Glass' Brandi You're a Fine Girl. Stayed for the first two plays, then got up, looked around the joint at the frat boys, and left.
posted by grimjeer at 7:41 PM on March 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


Amateurs. I once played Revolution Number 9 three times in a row at a Staten Island bar I did not like, and the place emptied itself, except for the screaming patrons for whom reality had become fused with a Lovecraftian unending horror of blasphemy against existence.
posted by 1adam12 at 7:49 PM on March 23, 2015 [6 favorites]




I remember my first beer.
posted by klangklangston at 8:00 PM on March 23, 2015 [4 favorites]


I was once in a bar when a friend completely accidentally fucked something up at the jukebox and played When the Levee Breaks like 4 times in a row. Around 20 minutes/2.5 When the Levee Breaks into this odyssey, I went up to the jukebox and played the first acceptable song I saw just to break the streak. We held on through the 4th When the Levee Breaks and my friend swore up and down that he'd only paid for 4 plays and we would definitely hear something else this time. Everyone gets ready for whatever it was I'd played, and the first thing we hear is that exact same damn drum line. They look at him, but he's still sure it was only 4 plays, then they look at me like I'm the biggest asshole in the entire world. Just when I think they're about to start pelting me with shit, we hear Ad Rock screaming, "Because mutiny on the bounty's what we're all about," because I had honestly forgotten that Rhymin' and Stealin' samples When the Levee Breaks.

It would probably be a better story if it had been intentional on my part, but that crowd was edgy and there are times when it's not worth it to put your life on the line for a joke.
posted by Copronymus at 9:08 PM on March 23, 2015 [29 favorites]


I queued the Ms. Pac-Man theme 10 times at the bar at Hampshire College in 1986. Sorry.
posted by nicwolff at 9:22 PM on March 23, 2015


@corpronymous

Your story made me seek out a YouTube link for "Rhymin' and Stealin'" and instead I ended up with this gem:

Beastie Boys - Rhymin and Stealin With Lyrics.

(this feels like an advanced tier of Rickrolling to me btw)
posted by raihan_ at 9:23 PM on March 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


Important Safety Tip: Five dollars worth of “Waffle House Family, Part 1” will get you beaten up in Georgia.

I do love “The Boys Are Back in Town” though. Too bad the Rock Band version is a live cut or cover or something that's not as fun as you'd like.
posted by ob1quixote at 9:25 PM on March 23, 2015 [4 favorites]


I didn't actually get kicked out, but I did have a bartender in Providence RI tell me he'd kick me out if I played "This Ain't No Picnic" one more time.

Decided right at that moment not to move to that town.
posted by lumpenprole at 9:32 PM on March 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


I can't ever listen to the original of this song without wishing it segued into Ignition (Remix).
posted by jason_steakums at 9:46 PM on March 23, 2015 [2 favorites]


A friend of mine said he always wanted to put on several dollars' worth of Bela Lugosi's Dead, but I don't think he ever did.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 9:50 PM on March 23, 2015


The bartenders at my local dive bar have the remote and will just turn down the volume on stuff they don't like or will skip stuff if there are too many complaints.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 9:56 PM on March 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


Johnie's in Tucson - 1962, my 16th birthday - Sixteen Candles - over and over and over until they finally made me leave.
posted by aryma at 10:04 PM on March 23, 2015 [2 favorites]


I'm really loving those new jukeboxes that go online and have a huge library of music. My friends and I frequent a bar where everyone loves us and we played a ton of Chief Keef and Coheed & Cambria one night while playing pool. It was great.
posted by gucci mane at 10:29 PM on March 23, 2015 [3 favorites]


I do this with "The Sign" by Ace of Base, but for the love of god only in my own home or at the home of a close friend.
posted by muddgirl at 10:29 PM on March 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


Like alcohol, too much is obnoxious and bad for your health, if you catch my drift.
posted by munchingzombie at 10:32 PM on March 23, 2015


I always look for White Light/White Heat and put on Sister Ray. At 17:29, twice is all you need. Even at 5-6 minutes into the first play, several patrons will become concerned.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:38 PM on March 23, 2015 [2 favorites]


I checked to see if this was written by the guy who lives next to me. (No dice, though I think I know which metal bar the author is talking about.)

When my next-door neighbor is having a day, he tends to pick a song, put it on at full blast—such that, even through our shared wall, it sounds like I'm playing it at top volume in my own apartment—and leave it on repeat.

It used to be Blondie's "Call Me," but most recently, he went with was Green Day's "When I Come Around."

I'll usually let him get through three plays before I begin swearing and banging the wall with my fist.
posted by evidenceofabsence at 10:40 PM on March 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


He's also been singing "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" a lot lately. Lord knows what that's about.
posted by evidenceofabsence at 10:41 PM on March 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


If you're in a new-to-you bar that seems borderline pissy or unfriendly the answer is Danny's Song followed by Dancing Queen.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 11:10 PM on March 23, 2015


Thin Lizzy. The only time I've ever had the cops called on me for too much noise when I was young, a buddy of mine and I set ourselves up with a Tanqueray martini session and one cd that demands volume increases at every repeat - Thin Lizzy.

Two people indoors on what was essentially an estate with at least 5 acres of land before the first neighbours, and the cops were called. That is where Thin Lizzy takes you.
posted by C.A.S. at 11:27 PM on March 23, 2015 [2 favorites]


I used to do this with Pink Floyd "Dogs", which clocks in at 17:03, iirc. Good times.
posted by persona au gratin at 12:56 AM on March 24, 2015


I'd spend all my time at a place that played "Sister Ray" on a loop. What a great track.
posted by persona au gratin at 1:00 AM on March 24, 2015


Had this happen at my local pool bar hangout back in my university days except it was 15 repetitions of "Independent Love Song" by Scarlet. Later found out it was done by a friend's sister who had just busted up with her boyfriend so you know... it kinda makes sense.
posted by PenDevil at 1:16 AM on March 24, 2015


"Waylon Jennings - The Dukes of Hazzard Theme", after the third or 4th play, will cause people to have aneurisms. Me and a buddy had it set for like 10 once. It was totally justified because the asshole college kids at the next pool table kept making loud noises whenever we'd go to shoot (I don't think they were doing this intentionally, but still...) and playing whatever top-40 schlock was popular with that crowd at the time on the box. They also kept putting their drinks balanced precariously on the edge of the newly refelted tables, the cretins.

Of course we were asked by the lady at the counter to not do that anymore. Fine. Turns out that particular jukebox was internet attached and could have songs requested from your phone, or a far away as the other side of the planet. Apparently just hearing it play once after that was enough to make regulars at the place clench up.
posted by mcrandello at 3:04 AM on March 24, 2015


Also djb, your link wasn't working for me. I went ahead and fixed it here...
posted by mcrandello at 3:28 AM on March 24, 2015


When I was a kid, one of the Mad Magazine annuals had a page of stickers, designed for various bits of mischief. There was one that read "If you play B15 one more time, I'll kill you."
posted by Thorzdad at 4:17 AM on March 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Bah, this coin-operated fully automated audial water torture cannot hold a proverbial candle to wilfully repetitive live recital.

Devo, in their prime, were the acknowledged masters of this performance art: "We'd play 'Jocko Homo' for 30 minutes, and we wouldn't stop until people were actually fighting with us, trying to make us stop playing the song. We'd just keep going, 'Are we not men? We are Devo!' for like 25 minutes, directed at people in an aggressive enough manner that even the most peace-lovin' hippie wanted to throw fists. We were in a negative-energy vortex back in the mid-'70s."
posted by Doktor Zed at 4:58 AM on March 24, 2015 [12 favorites]


This sounds exactly like the kind of thing my asshole younger self would get up to, but somehow I never thought of it.
posted by murphy slaw at 5:03 AM on March 24, 2015


I refuse to participate in any performance of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" unless we're going to sing all the verses.

Also, if you ply pirates with sufficient quantities of rum, most sea chanties can go on for well over half an hour.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:13 AM on March 24, 2015


I'm just going to leave this here ...
posted by bitslayer at 5:19 AM on March 24, 2015 [5 favorites]


My Barracuda jukebox marathon/mic drop on an evening many moons ago is only rivaled by the day I discovered i can stand outside a bar and control the Touch Tunes Internet jukebox inside the bar from the touch tunes app on my phone. It's "stealing the tv remote and running around to neighbors windows" circa now.
posted by NikitaNikita at 5:33 AM on March 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


A decade or so ago when YouTube was still a newish thing, a friend and occasional bandmate of mine decided he would use this new, democratic format to record a song everyone knew but that no one had ever released: a full rendition of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall." I had a look for a link, but it seems his version is gone. OTOH, looks like a bunch of people have since followed his lead, and I suspect even a single play of that one would weigh on many listeners.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:05 AM on March 24, 2015


Also, if there's anyone else out there who likes The Boys are Back in Town but somehow hasn't heard anything else from Jailbreak, listen to the title track right now, because it is excellent, maybe even better than The Boys are Back in Town.

I dunno. "Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak somewhere in this town"? How many jails does this town have, exactly? (I suppose maybe they need more than one if every tiime the boys get back they start fighting.)
posted by Daily Alice at 6:09 AM on March 24, 2015 [4 favorites]


bitslayer: Holy cow that is a fantastic thing to leave laying around without any warning or description.
posted by djeo at 6:46 AM on March 24, 2015


I'm fairly firmly of the opinion that this sort of thing is only funny if you also actually like the song, but he seems to.

Yes, that's what I thought at first too, but in one of the tweets in the Storify link he admits he was playing it "ironically." I had much less sympathy for him after that.

Rightly so, too, because it's a really great song.

Agreed. Although I'm not the kind of person who would pull this stunt, if someone else did, I wouldn't mind listening to multiple repetitions of "The Boys Are Back in Town" in a bar.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 6:47 AM on March 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


They're back, and they're wearing cardigans.
posted by emelenjr at 7:06 AM on March 24, 2015


Doktor Zed: "wilfully repetitive live recital.
"

There was a band called the Pop-O-Pies whose schtick was that they only played one song: Truckin'. They'd play it different ways (punk, rap, etc), but only that one song.
posted by adamrice at 7:07 AM on March 24, 2015 [3 favorites]


Infinite Jukebox is great, love it, but one of the pleasures of playing some songs on repeat is that brief frission between plays when you think, "This could be a different song..." and then the sinking acceptance when the familiar beat kicks in. Infinite Jukebox usually skips the intro and outro of songs for algorithmic reasons.
posted by muddgirl at 7:11 AM on March 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


I didn't even know that Thin Lizzy was from Ireland until a few years ago. Best band ever from Ireland, and I'll stand on Bono's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.
posted by thelonius at 7:18 AM on March 24, 2015 [4 favorites]


...although there are some songs that are, perhaps, more deliciously frustrating in Infinite Jukebox, like "Somebody That I Used to Know," because you can get trapped eternally in the tensiony verses and rarely get the release of the chorus.
posted by muddgirl at 7:27 AM on March 24, 2015


thelonius: "and I'll stand on Bono's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that."

Nice reference, Mr. Earle!
posted by notsnot at 7:46 AM on March 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Gah. The "classic rock" station in Indy plays "Boys are Back" in heavy, heavy rotation. Every. Damned. Day. I don't understand the appeal, other than it's the Dude-Bro anthem to end all Dude-Bro anthems. Horrid song.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:34 AM on March 24, 2015


A couple of friends and I once did this with November Rain. Almost half an hour, back to back to back. When it started for the third time people were pissed.
posted by The Card Cheat at 10:43 AM on March 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Cowboy song is better than both BABIT or Jailbreak. So's Its Only Money and Frankie Carroll. I still like BABIT though. If that makes me a " dude-bro" so be it.
posted by jonmc at 11:03 AM on March 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yes, that's what I thought at first too, but in one of the tweets in the Storify link he admits he was playing it "ironically." I had much less sympathy for him after that.

pretty serious admission there. huge if true
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 11:48 AM on March 24, 2015


I heard TBABIT on the radio today and my eyes (and ears) lit up.
posted by gucci mane at 8:30 PM on March 24, 2015


The best part about BABIT for me is that the guitarist starts to steal that lick from in between the vocals in "Help Me Rhonda" by the Beach Boys but then thinks better of it. Unlike the guy who wrote the theme to Gary's show.
posted by mcrandello at 9:59 PM on March 24, 2015


This is not a universal thing, actually. Years ago I repaired a 60s-era Seeburg jukebox with a core memory: One core per 45-side. So if you inserted a fistful of quarters all at once to play the same tune repeatedly, you'd only get to hear it once for your investment.

This is far and away the most interesting thing in this thread to me. Core memory? In Jukeboxes? In the 50s and 60s? Wow, no shit.

This also lead me in to a black hole of vintage internet in which i discovered the scopitone.
posted by emptythought at 3:31 AM on March 25, 2015 [5 favorites]


the scopitone
Wow! Like Youtube, but with no comments - living the dream
posted by thelonius at 3:36 AM on March 25, 2015


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