Hallowed Cab

Another Madison Halloween Weekend is in the can and this time around there were (apparently) no riots on State Street. I drove my longest shift of the year (thanks to Daylight Savings ending), pausing only to eat and catch a few minutes of my friends playing in YAAR! down at the High Noon. There were plenty of freaks out but for the most part my passengers were no different in attitude than folks I might pick up on any Saturday night. Skimpily Dressed Girl again was the #1 female costume. This year men favored pirates and costumes with fur. The smurfs I picked up were among the best costumes I saw–they left an awful lot of blue paint in the back seat but tipped really well and the paint came off with a dry towel. Lots of people still thought I’d stop and pick them up if they jumped in front of my moving cab (“Those customers have a special name…” said one of my co-workers at the end of the night “PEDESTRIANS!”) but nobody slammed or rocked my cab this year. In order to maximize the tipping power of my (mostly) twentysomething passengers, I spent much of the evening listening to Modern Rock rather than my traditional Classic Rock (or Oldies). Over the hours of boring stuff I heard a strange cover: Genesis’ “Land of Confusion” done in a sort of Nu Metal Pop style, complete with throaty metal singer trying to emulate Phil Collins! Hilarious! And I also heard Gerry Rafferty’s ” Baker Street” done as a noisy guitar arena rock track. The song was done straight but suffered from being too simple–some cheesy keyboards would have cleaned that mess right up. In checking the All Music Guide I see that quite a few folks have covered Mr. Raffery’s biggest hit, including: Foo Fighters, Rick Springfield, The Shadows (!) and, most surprisingly, Waylon Jennings.

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