I think it was 2002 when I first started posting on a Detroit Tigers message board. Somewhere along the way, I started talking to a guy named Jay. We'd talk Tigers here and there, and we met up a couple times to hang out. I remember watching an illegal copy of Kicking and Screaming on his projector. After hanging out for a very short time, I began to realize we had little in common outside of the Tigers. He was really into his music. In fact, he was a Radio Head fan. My interaction with him on a whole was quite awkward for me. I could never pinpoint why, but there was just something odd about him.
Fast forward to 2006. I'm living in Maryland, and I meet a guy named Kyle. He's a Michigan transplant, so immediately, we have the midwest connection. We talk, we hang out a bit, he introduces me to Fargo. He's all about cycling and eating organic, and as time passes, I realize ... we have very little in common. And then, I find out ---He's a Radio Head fan. Suddenly, I see many similarities between Kyle and Jay. I wish I could explain what it is, but they both have a certain way about them --- a way of thinking, a way of being music snobs, but still nice people.
It's at this point that I decide people who are Radio Head fans are strange. They are their own breed. I start making a list of things that flag a Radio Head fan ...
- Organic/green/into health and fitness of some sort
- Music Snob
- They think on a different plane --- I'd like to call them philosophical, but I'm not sure if that's the right word. Almost hippy-ish.
- They like Wes Anderson films
- Usually like other obscure bands that all fit into a certain genre, i.e. Arcade Fire
That doesn't seem like a very good list, but trust me, it's true.
I'm on another message board, and I met a group of friends who were all Radio Head fans. They were the epitome of music snobs. They were all about Life Aquatic and Arcade Fire. I met one other Radio Head fan named Greg. It only took one day of hanging out with him to realize he and I could never be friends. Nothing in common.
Why am I talking about this now? I shall tell you. Mark has a friend named Markus. He seems like a nice enough guy. I've talked to him on occasion. But even in our short encounters, there's something about him, something I can't explain. Something almost odd, but not really--just different. Yesterday, I was looking at his facebook profile, and suddenly everything made sense. I saw in his music interests: Arcade Fire. And then I knew. He is a Radio Head fan! I was sure of it.
So I asked him. He replied, "Do I like Radiohead? Was that a serious question?" I then explained to him that I can always pick out a Radio Head fan. I'm not sure if it's a gift, or if it's just really obvious.
He also said something like, "Let me guess. You listen to contemporary Christian music."
*music snob CHECK
I asked if he also liked Wes Anderson films. "Do you even need to ask?"
*Wes Anderson fan CHECK
Do you know any Radio Head fans? Am I off? Dead on? What say ye?