Cowboy Mouth is washed up
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
"Jenny says turn off the radio, Jenny says turn off the light."
In less than 24 hours, Cowboy Mouth will rock Notre Dame's Stepan Center "to its foundations," according to the Student Union Board. Let the countdown begin!
After seeing the first posters advertising the much anticipated sequel to last year's Third Eye Blind and Eve 6 concerts, I spent a couple of hours struggling to find out just who exactly Cowboy Mouth is.
About 20 "I don't know's" preceded the brief explanation that they sang "that song." Which song? "ummm ... ya know, `Jenny says blah blah blah blah, Jenny says blah blah blah ...'" That was all I needed to bring me back to the summer of 1996, which led me to my next question: If these guys had one hit before my junior year in high school, why are they headlining a concert at Notre Dame in the fall of 1999?
In the two weeks that have passed since then, I have been unsuccessful in my search to find a Notre Dame student who owns, or at least will admit to owning, any "Cowboy Mouth" CD. The only explanation I have been able to come up with as to why SUB went out of their way to bring Cowboy Mouth to the students of Notre Dame is that an influential member of the board must have a family member in the band.
Far from being an avid Third Eye Blind fan, I was able to refrain from writing a similar letter last year because I knew that at least a good portion of my fellow students were excited to see the band. If it is truly impossible to book a decent band that students are interested in seeing, I have another suggestion. It seems to me that if we are going to be subjected to a struggling washed up one hit wonder, we should at least invite one that is more fun to pick on. I think my fellow students would enthusiastically join me in a trek out to Stepan Center to see Snow perform "Informer," Right Said Fred perform "I'm Too Sexy" or maybe even some good old 80s hair metal bands perform those songs that sound all too familiar on the "Monster Ballads" commercial.
Considering how rare it is that a rock band comes to play Notre Dame, it is truly unfortunate that this is the best that the Student Union Board can do. If my words here have failed in my goal to inspire you to skip the Cowboy Mouth concert, keep in mind these three other reasons:
1) Dawson's Creek is not a rerun that night.
2) If Stepan Center is really "rocked to its foundations," it would be safer and more entertaining to kick back and watch that big ugly golf ball crumble from outside than from within.
3) Though unconfirmed, certain sources claim to have evidence that Cowboy Mouth's music is written by 8-year olds in sweatshops in Honduras.
November 10, 1999
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