The Charm of the Tastee Freeze


Everyone knows where Jack and Diane sucked on chili dogs, and if you’ve ever frequented a Tastee Freeze, or some kind of similar tiny establishment of non-fine dining, you were probably in a small town… just like John Cougar. Chuck Klosterman wrote:

Tastee Freezes are iconic structures in the rural Midwest, because they say something about your hometown; they irrefutably prove your community does not have enough of a population to sustain a Dairy Queen … or indoor seating.

When I would visit my Grandparents in Bernie, Missouri as a child, one of the highlights of the stay was when they would drive me to Malden (about 20 miles up the barren country roads) to get ice cream at the Dairy King, which was similar in scope and function as a typical Tastee Freeze. I still see other clones here and there around these parts, but they’re called other names. I wonder what kind of individual aspires to own and operate one of these businesses, and what the profit margin is.




“Even Space Cowboys Need Travel Agents”


From Chuck Klosterman’s Killing Yourself to Live:

I insist on taking rock lyrics literally. For example, it occurs to me that whoever organized tour itineraries for the Steve Miller Band must have been a dolt: Miller says he went from Phoenix, Arizona, all the way to Tacoma, then to Philadelphia, down to Atlanta, and then crossed back to L.A. (before finally concluding with some one-off dates in Northern California, where the girls were said to be “warm”). This is terribly inefficient.

Chuck Klosterman on Whitesnake


I’ve been immersing myself in the 80s and 90s with Chuck Klosterman’s epic, Fargo Rock City.  I usually don’t like to just post quoted material, but this stuff can’t be summarized without extensive quoting anyway. For instance, this is exactly how I remember Whitesnake’s rise to power.

Their biggest hit (and their only No. 1 single) was “Here I Go Again.” This song is interesting for a couple of reasons, but mostly for its video. Though the lyrics of the song are about forging one’s own path and being a loner, the director of the video interpreted the song far differently: He seemed to think this song was about a woman trying to fuck a car. Luckily, this was 1987, and Coverdale happened to be dating Tawny Kitaen. Ms. Kitaen isn’t a particularly skilled thespian, but she is very, very good at humping the hood of a Jaguar. “Here I Go Again” almost immediately became the most popular video on MTV.

Coverdale and Kitaen would later split (surprise!), and Tawney claimed that her car-fucking was the primary reason Whitesnake became commercially popular and that she deserved a huge chunk of the back royalties.

She may have a decent argument.

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