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Old_Zircon - 2015-07-28

Small turnouts these days. I remember back in the 90s when I lived there the entire beach would be packed shoulder to shoulder, plus all of the rooftops people could get to.

Old_Zircon - 2015-07-28

I guess Youtube has probably devalued the nut shot.

EvilHomer - 2015-07-28

Yeah, why would you bother going there, if you could just sit on your couch and watch the whole thing on Youtube?

It stinks less, it's not as hot, and you get a much better view from this angle than you would from the beach, anyway.

EvilHomer - 2015-07-28

Just watch OZ, in a few years time, there will be no-one on the beach, and the pole runners will all be robots competing for a DARPA grant.

chumbucket - 2015-07-28

I had a girlfriend from there and I also remember the beaches being totally inaccessible so we'd watch from someone's place further in shore. Just about every other person was full-on drunk even before it started.

Old_Zircon - 2015-07-28

The Rockport 4th of July bonfire is a hollow shell of its former self, too. They still legalize fireworks on the beach for the night, but not many people have them anymore and the bonfire is just a stack of pallets. Sure it's 60 feet high but it burns out in abut 40 minutes. Back in the 80s they were still allowed to use railroad ties that were completely soaked in tar, so it was a complete inferno for at least 4 hours before it even STARTED to die down, and the beach was completely packed with drunk families shooting fireworks in every direction all night. Between all of the safety fetishism of the 90s and the rise of video games and the Internet, people have gotten pretty boring. Myself included.

Old_Zircon - 2015-07-28

Evilhomer, the view from the beach is better than this, trust me.

infinite zest - 2015-07-28

Yeah last time I thought that way was when I just decided to not risk getting my foot hurt at the Oblivians concert in Portland. I bought tickets way in advance before I knew that I'd break something, so I decided to give away my tickets to a friend get drunk and listen to the Oblivians at home like it'd be the same thing. I guess it wasn't, and since the crowd was kind of aging hipsters there were a ton of hot cougars and places to sit down. I won't make that mistake again!

Old_Zircon - 2015-07-28

I did NOT make that mistake when Scratch Acid toured and I got to see someone's grandmother dominate the pit.

Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2015-07-28

I was just chatting to John Romero!! wooooooooo!!!!!

infinite zest - 2015-07-28

Yeah I went to see Millions of Dead Cops a few years back and there were grandpas in the pit and Mr. Purple Cat whaaaaaaaaa?

Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2015-07-28

Yeah sorry random post! But Im really pumped after it, we were having a really animated conversation for ages about all kinds of nerd shit like writing assembly for commander keen and eventually his wife had to drag him away to schmooze with other people.
He is moving to Ireland and getting involved in the games scene here.

Old_Zircon - 2015-07-28

That's pretty amazing!

Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2015-07-28

Also the title of this video would be some sort of bizarre future shock thing a decade or two ago.

Gmork - 2015-07-28

Better muted tag.

infinite zest - 2015-07-28

I actually kinda like The Waterboys, kind of like how I like the Pogues. If youtube devalued the nutshot then bands like Mumford and Sons devalued the use of actual instruments in bands. But anyway does the grease wear off as time goes on? I had this squirrel who kept getting into my birdfeeder by climbing the pole so I sprayed cooking oil on it. It worked really well but the more he tried the more the grease came off.

Old_Zircon - 2015-07-28

Yeah, that's kind of how it works. Nobody expects to win in the first round so they just go out in full drag or superhero costumes. Usually by the middle of round 2 the grease has been cleared off enough that people have a real shot at it, and that's when shit get real and balls get annihilated. I've seen it go for a couple of hours once or twice when I was a kid. I'm not sure the grease they use now is as durable, it used to be just straight petroleum sludge of some kind but now it's some kind of blue paste. Usually it's impressive if it goes to the third round now from what I've seen. I'm sure whatever they use now is a bit better for the environment though, THERE'S ENOUGH GREASE GOING IN THE WATER FROM JUST THOSE ITALIANS ALONE AMIRITE?

Maybe after Adam Sandler moves in he'll make a movie about it and renew interest. It seems right up his alley.

Old_Zircon - 2015-07-28

I had no idea who was playing the music and didn't really mind it personally, doesn't do anything for me but easy to tune out so above average music-you-would-hear-in-a-bar. Thought it was a regional band actually. I figured most people on here would hate it though, and I didn't want to risk people ignoring the greasy pole because they couldn't take the jam band soundtrack.

It IS, however, worth unmuting around 3:25 to hear a truly annoying original song about the Greasy Pole, in a style that's like a particularly low rent Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show track (Which is saying something, because Dr. Hook was the worst). That belongs on here.

infinite zest - 2015-07-28

Yeah that last song is really bad. The only WB albums I really liked was This is the Sea and Fisherman Blues, but kind of like a U2 of the same era sort of like..

At this rate Sandler will make Waterboy 2 about his character's evolution into starting a band. Did Joe Dirt 2 come out already?

EvilHomer - 2015-07-28

>> Did Joe Dirt 2 come out already?

I believe it has. I was at my friends' band's show the other weekend, and one of them wouldn't shut up about how much he loved Joe Dirt 2.

That guy - 2015-07-28

The Waterboys have this song and about 7-8 others that are fantastic. The rest are not so good, but those best songs- *mwah*.

They are fairly irony-free and twee, so poetv, you have been warned.

As for the second song, yeah, ouch.

As for Italian-Americans from the Northeast US, this is the least offensive I have ever found them. I claim no relation to them.

Old_Zircon - 2015-07-28

Irony free is often good, but twee can be trouble. Although I willingly listened to the whole Fabulous Farquahr LP today so I can't really talk.

That guy - 2015-07-28

I mean, they ain't twee compared to bands trying to be twee.


infinite zest - 2015-07-29

Now I'm curious: bands like Belle and Sebastian pretty much invented the term, and I love all their stuff but I'd say their newer stuff from what I've heard is pretty much going against their earlier stuff, trying hard not to be twee and focusing more on influences like Think Lizzy and such, and Isobel Campbell going off and doing records with the guy from Screaming Trees.

But I can't think of a band off the top of my head that seems to be forcing twee..

infinite zest - 2015-07-29

I mean a modern band.. as much as I love them Beat Happening was supposed to play in a house I was living in and their van broke down so it was just Old Time Religion and Yacht. I remember Old Time Religion killing it and thinking that twee might be kinda out of style. But I still like it.

That guy - 2015-07-29

Keep in mind that I don't know what I'm talking about.

What I guess I mean is that some of their lyrics remind me vaguely of what I thought twee kinda meant.

memedumpster - 2015-07-28

This is the weirdest stripper competition I have ever seen.

EvilHomer - 2015-07-28

It's not a stripper competition. It's a balance and fitness competition; the point of it is to run along the greasy pole and be the first to snatch the flags placed at the end.

If you've never heard of this competition before then it may seem a bit weird at first, but if you skip to 3:15 you can see what the contestants are attempting to do!

fedex - 2015-07-28

EH did your sarcasm transistor blow or something?

EvilHomer - 2015-07-28

No, I don't think so. I don't even know if I have one. Is that a thing I should buy?

Binro the Heretic - 2015-07-29

FUN FACT: Up until about a decade ago, the "Greasy Pole" was, in fact, a person of polish descent who was, against their will, covered in grease and set loose in a pit. The object was to manage to catch and hold them for at least eight seconds.

The winner got to keep the "Greasy Pole" as a pet for a full year. When the new "Greasy Pole" was selected, the old "Greasy Pole" was set free, armed with a spiky club and allowed to run wild through the streets of Gloucester for the rest of the day. Daredevils would run out into the street and taunt them.

Then Amnesty International found out and made them change it.

The Mothership - 2015-09-16

One evening when my wife and I used to live in Scotland, we were walking home and a little tipsy, and I accidentally almost knocked her into a lightpost while being stumbly. Said lightpost was right in front of a bus stop, where there was also a group of Polish immigrants getting off their shift nearby and going home, still dressed as cleaners. My girlfriend exclaimed, after almost hitting said post, "Dammit, *name withheld*, you almost knocked me into that dirty pole!"

We were too drunk to notice it until we were a few steps away, but we always felt bad about that, cause of the comedic timing of it all. My wife is Polish.

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