Going Postal

Steely Dan, MySpace

GOTH TAKEOVER

Not only is this article amusingly written, it rings so true (Music Feature, "Bad Taste," by Scott Harrell, Aug. 16-22). Thank you for a voice of insight! The first few addition problems made me laugh out loud. The only thing more I'd like to see would be some representation of the badly bruised Industrial, Deathrock and Goth genres. The Hot Topic youth are taking over "rock" as well.

Angela

Via Website

THE DAN OF THE FUTURE

The sad truth is that Steely Dan has influenced current musicians, just no great ones (Music Feature, "Is There Gas In The Car?" by Eric Snider, Aug. 9-15). The smooth jazz crowd may have adopted them, but they forgot to bring along the wit, the innovation and even (although this may seem a strange word to apply to SD) the soul. However, I do think Steely Dan will be remembered in the future. Cool music sometimes skips a generation. When I was young I thought lounge and swing music were about the most un-hip things you could listen to. It took the generation that came after mine to show us all how great this music was. In other words, our kids might not like Steely Dan, but wait until our grandkids are old enough to start checking out the thrift stores and flea markets. Those forgotten Steely Dan CDs could be the find of the future.

Glenn Sutton

Tampa

For a guy dreading the fact that he wasn't up to date with their last two releases, the Steely Dan/Michael McDonald concert was a masterpiece. I cannot tell you the last time I went to a concert in which I knew every word to every song performed. This event happened on my birthday and as the curtain went up I said to my wife "If they do 'My old school' it'll be a great birthday." And, to my delight, the final song of the concert was just that. I hoped that the tour would conclude in the South so I might catch them again, but it ends in Missouri, so this is my only shot. Your preview was right on.

Darren

Via website

SPACE FOR SLUTS

Alex, you ignorant slut! Something tells me that had you been born in the 18th century, you'd be denouncing the virtues of the carrier pigeon. In case you are unaware, the brilliancy of the Internet lies in its contributions made to two major areas of societal advancement: accessibility of information and ease of communication. Mind you, no site on the World Wide Web promotes as efficiently the causal interpersonal relations of the citizens of our increasingly Tokyo-d global village as the commercial internet MySpace does (Cover Story, "MySpace MyAss," by Alex Picket, Aug. 2-8).

Of course, you're open to scoff at the excesses of its members with their frequently garish displays of self-indulgence, shallow living and tawdry behavior; however, that said, the simple fact is that people as a majority are and have always been, shallow, self-indulgent and tawdry. In relation to these aspects, MySpace serves simply as a mirror that reflects such ever-present blemishes on the human condition. No one ever claimed that this site was a haven for the lofty noble ideals of the bohemian elite.

In response to your allegations of the website being saturated by corporate position, well, let any popular medium not living under a blanket of Starbucks cast the first stone. Furthermore, addressing the supposition that Rupert Murdoch bought MySpace with the intention of gathering market research, let me say, the last laugh will be had by those tuned into a FOX news slanted toward the biases of 100-year-old swingers with an income of $250,000 and higher.

I also enjoy writing self-gratifying diatribes on things I don't much enjoy, complete with sarcasm-infused and hyperbolic inaccuracies, but in reply to your editorial, in the manner that I've always responded to critics of this beautiful, and yes, ubiquitous site, "MySpace is what you make of it. Soon you will join and when you do, when all the photos are tallied, you, my friend, will be first against the wall."

James Watts

St. Petersburg

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