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Battle of the Breakfast Bands:
Weezer vs. Gary Numan

BATTLE OF THE BREAKFAST BANDS – WHERE THERE ARE NO RULES. ONLY TWO BANDS. AND BREAKFAST.

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Location:  My kitchen, Midwest, USA

Anything out of the ordinary?: My wife departed for early morning yoga. I was left at the breakfast table with my two daughters who barely noticed I was there. When I asked my 6-year-old if she liked the music I was playing, she looked up from her iPad game, saying, “Sure, daddy, the song is okay.” Then, she went back to her device.

My 16-month-old just kept looking around and screaming, “Mama, mama . . .”

What I ate: 2 coconut waffles, 1 egg “over easy”, 3 pieces of bacon, multiple strawberries, 3 cups of black coffee

Facing Off: Weezer – Beverly Hills vs. Gary Numan – Cars

Band Selection Rationale: Not really sure how I picked this battle, but chalk up another one for dad selecting a strange pair of songs.

“Beverly Hills” is all snappy-happy – contrasted by the creepy Moog synthesizers of “Cars.”

Straining to come up with some commonality between the two songs, I’d have to say both have messages of wanting to be in a different world.

Lyrically, “Beverly Hills” is a tune about wishing for a celebrity existence. “My automobile is a piece of crap…/…I want to live just like a king…/…I just don’t belong.” It’s a jangly howl for a movie star life.

“Cars,” too, has the feel of an outsider-looking-in. Or should I say the insider-looking-out? The song supposedly follows the travails of Numan who, to avoid being beaten up by another driver, motors onto a safe patch of pavement. “Here in my car/I feel safest of all…”

Winner: Gary Numan

Why: I really thought Weezer would take this one, but Numan’s dark tune has a little quicker tempo that made my black coffee a little less bitter. I even caught myself bobbing my head, smiling, and singing along. For a second there I was in my own little empire, a king in waffle and bacon splendor.

BATTLE OF THE BREAKFAST BANDS – WHERE THERE ARE NO RULES. ONLY TWO BANDS. AND BREAKFAST.

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Cyndi Lauper vs. Toni Basil

KC and the Sunshine Band vs. Chic

Har Mar Superstar vs. Prince

Jay-Z vs. Beastie Boys

David Bowie vs. Radiohead

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