Posted On: Saturday - January 2nd 2021 5:58PM MST
In Topics:   Music  Humor  Kung Flu Stupidity
In that post a few days back about Millennial angst(?) at the auto parts store, I mentioned the fact, well, maybe it's opinion, that it's often hard to get what people are saying through these face diapers. That's especially true with the cloth ones. No, my hearing is pretty good. 120 decibel rock music hasn't phased me a bit over the years, so ... it's not me, it's them!
I mentioned trying to read the lips of the woman, that were trying to push through the mask. I don't know if that's really the way to go, learning lip reading to get by in this panicky age. Upon thinking about it, the tongue position is probably critical - that's what she said - and furthermore, the face masks probably block small details that actual lip readers would need to see.
I'm particularly talking about the deaf, of course. For those only somewhat hard of hearing, I believe seeing faces has got to help with conversation. It could have been the noise in the background, or his way of speaking through another of those thicker cloth masks, but I had to ask a guy to pull the mask off so I could understand recently. That was after asking him twice already to repeat the last part. Was it really that I could see his lips better? Communication is important in some lines of work, and it is suffering right now due to this BS!
I'll tell you what though, lip reading would really be a great skill to have, face diapers or no face diapers. There was a scene in The Mechanic where the main character Charles Bronson read someone's lips from way outside of hearing distance in a park. (I tried to find the scene on youtube, but no joy.) It was an important piece of info. Mr. Bronson got too, like whether the guy was out to kill him or something, as I recall from long ago.
George Castanza of Seinfeld found a very good use for the lip reading skills of Jerry's girlfriend-for-the-show in this, one of the funniest episodes ever. Please take the < 5 minutes for this one:
(In this case, the small detail missed with the lip reading was just one consonant. It could happen to anybody!)
Just to fit in with the title, and for a fun end to the week, Peak Stupidity presents The Go-Go's from way almost 4 decades ago. They sure were having fun in this video, and the wiki says that Belinda Carlisle was still under the impression that the music video fad was nothing important...
Damn, this song has a great bass line! It's simple, but it's good, and LOUD. I can't believe I listened to this on a tablet speaker. It's time to get a real stereo again.
I looked all around the dBase and could not find any posts with the Go-Go's and Our Lips are Sealed. This song, from their 1981 album Beauty and the Beat, was written by Jane Wiedin. I really haven't put in any music from those fun girl bands of the 1980s - to me, that means this band, The Bangles and Bananarama.
Belinda Carlisle – lead vocals
Charlotte Caffey – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Gina Schock – drums, percussion
Kathy Valentine – bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals
Jane Wiedlin – rhythm guitar, backing vocals