Wheezer or Weezer?
January 15, 2019 5:30 PM   Subscribe

Can you distinguish classic cheerlessness from modern melancholy? Who Wrote It: Edgar Allan Poe or an Emo Band? (Mental Floss)
posted by Johnny Wallflower (25 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
12/16, but 2 I feel I should have gotten more obviously (one in fact as I clicked was like FUCK). But most are pretty obvious. The one that tricked me as poe was uh, pop eats world? or whatever. Jimmy eats pop eats chicken eats world.

EDIT: Pop Will Eat Itself, Jimmy's Chicken Shack, Jimmy Eats World. Christ, people, make your bandnames less complicated.
posted by symbioid at 5:41 PM on January 15 [2 favorites]


Far too easy. Lots of the Poe quotes have grammar or wording that isn't really used anymore. (15/16)

But emo bands were the soundtrack of my formative years so I may have an advantage.
posted by reductiondesign at 6:00 PM on January 15 [7 favorites]


Was Weezer emo?
posted by JamesBay at 6:09 PM on January 15 [6 favorites]


14/16. Yeah, the grammar makes it pretty clear, and they picked a couple of pretty well known Poe quotes.
posted by Fenriss at 6:16 PM on January 15


14/16 and I’ve never heard any of those bands since Emo seems to have emerged when I was like 40. Pretty good !
posted by freecellwizard at 6:25 PM on January 15


Jimmy eats pop eats chicken eats world

And thus was an awesome new username birthed.
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:39 PM on January 15 [2 favorites]


Damn 13/16, but I think that's probably not so bad since I have not read any Poe, or consciously listened to any emo.
posted by turbid dahlia at 7:02 PM on January 15


Came for the quiz (13/16), stayed to say that Weezer is in no way emo.
posted by chasles at 7:23 PM on January 15 [1 favorite]


15/16, but Poe was the soundtrack of my formative years so I may have an advantage.
posted by Phssthpok at 7:30 PM on January 15


15/16. Need to re-read Fairy-Land.

Having a black cat givea you lots of excuses to quote "The Raven." "Doesoo eyes has all the seeming of a demon that is dreaming? Doesem?"
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:33 PM on January 15 [8 favorites]


14/16

I read a couple of the Poe stories typically taught in high school (at least, when I was in high school mumblemumble decades ago), but literally the only exposure to his poetry I've ever had was the Simpson's telling of The Raven. Pretty sure the raven never quoth "Eat my shorts", though.

On the other hand, I've managed to remain completely free of any awareness of emo band music. So I got that goin' for me. Which is nice.
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:37 PM on January 15 [1 favorite]


What’s with this Raven
Perched on my door?
Why does he gotta front?
What did I ever
Do to this bird
That made him so darn silent?

Woo-hoo
But you know I’m yours
Woo-hoo
Ah my lost Lenore
Woo-hoo
That’s for evermore

Oo-ee-oo
Tell me what thy lordly name is
Oh-oh
On the Night’s Plutonian shore!
I implore—is there really balm in Giliad?
Quoth he “Nevermore.”
posted by Atom Eyes at 7:41 PM on January 15 [45 favorites]


But you said there would be sherry
Don't brick this wall and walk a-way
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:54 PM on January 15 [8 favorites]


Yes.

Yes I can.
posted by mwhybark at 10:22 PM on January 15


eg

Louie Nevermore, circa 1990
posted by mwhybark at 10:32 PM on January 15


Quoth the posh outback raven, having just arrived and looking around thoughtfully:

Nevah, nevah-more
posted by allium cepa at 10:46 PM on January 15


Well, I will be the one to admit that I was crap at this.
posted by schroedinger at 5:00 AM on January 16 [2 favorites]


13/16 here. I guessed based on what I know about Poe's rhymes and sometimes on modern slang.
posted by bile and syntax at 6:13 AM on January 16


Weezer’s Pinkerton wad arguably an Emo record. Emo came in a few waves, each claiming authenticity over the others. Almost as much infighting as metal.
posted by es_de_bah at 7:37 AM on January 16


No Rites of Spring, don't care.

Yes, I am an emo elitist. Jawbreaker is arguably emo but for their haircuts.
posted by East14thTaco at 8:21 AM on January 16 [2 favorites]


A reminder that many of Poe's lesser-known poetic works are as fraught and tiresome as most Emo. Better at stories IMO.

Now do "Emo or Eno!"
posted by aspersioncast at 9:14 AM on January 16


My score was so bad seven entries in that I bailed, so you're not alone, schroedinger.
posted by davejay at 9:50 AM on January 16 [1 favorite]


Jawbreaker is arguably emo but for their haircuts.

Jawbreaker was more pop punk than emo, I'd say. Maybe some of Unfun, but they lean more to the Lookout Records side of the spectrum than the Rites of Spring side.
posted by josher71 at 10:28 AM on January 16


Weezer’s Pinkerton wad arguably an Emo record. Emo came in a few waves, each claiming authenticity over the others. Almost as much infighting as metal.

I guess, but I supposed you could call Spiritualized from the same era (and beyond) "emo" as well.

Having been in uni in the early 90s, right around when Grunge and Shoegaze and Industrial were all big, I've always regarded the mid-90s, when Weezer was really big, as sort of an undefinable transitional phase of music, a bit pre-postrock, until OK Computer I think kickstarted a new era.

But it's more than likely that I was just out of touch with music by that point, having left uni behind.
posted by JamesBay at 11:32 AM on January 16


11 / 16

You know your Poe—and are very in touch with your emotions. *Applauds somberly*
posted by misanthropicsarah at 11:42 AM on January 16


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