Radiohead: A Story of Starcrossed Lovers

Todd and the kids and I had a great dinner last night. They are getting to the age where they are actually fun to converse with. We were fixing plates and the Radiohead song “Creep” came on, and Todd and I were singing along at the top of our voices, and playing air guitar on that bangy guitar part (you know the one), while Rollie yelled for us to stop, and Tiller rolled her eyes. And then Todd proceeded to tell the kids a story of star-crossed lovers back in the olden days. (You know, the mid-90s.)

There once was a boy living in Atlanta, who liked Radiohead. There once was a girl, also living in Atlanta, who – get this – also liked Radiohead. Now, this was before Radiohead was a household name, right after OK Computer came out, but before anyone except diehard The Bends fans had heard the album yet, before folks considered it the Dark Side of the Moon of the 90s. And so this boy and girl, who both lived in Atlanta, and who both liked Radiohead, both bought tickets to see Radiohead at The Masquerade.

And they both went to the show. And the girl was with her boyfriend, who was not the boy. And she stood watching the show with her left shoulder leaning against the sound booth. And the boy watched the show from the front of the sound booth. And they were mere feet apart from one another. And the show rocked their worlds.

And then three days later, she moved to Denver with her boyfriend.

But the story wasn’t over.

Because sometime later, the girl sat drinking beer in a kitchen in Boulder, Colorado, and she saw a picture on the fridge that reminded her of a girl she used to know. And a couple years later, the girl who liked Radiohead met that girl she used to know in a bar, and the girl she used to know introduced her to the boy who also liked Radiohead.

And now the girl who likes Radiohead and the boy who likes Radiohead sit in their kitchen with their two children, who really don’t give a shit about Radiohead, and they play the game horse face. Horse face consists of one person making a funny face and the other person having to match that funny face. And the girl who likes Radiohead makes a face, and it is so funny to her that she laughs until tears run down her face, her stomach hurts, and she almost pees her pants.

And the Boy who liked Radiohead and the Girl who liked Radiohead are happy together.


  6 comments for “Radiohead: A Story of Starcrossed Lovers

  1. January 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    What a great story to be able to share with your kids.

    The Bard couldn’t have done much better.

  2. January 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I love stories like this! <3

  3. January 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Glad ya liked it.. .

  4. January 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Perhaps a bit more eloquently, Seth. Glad you liked it.

  5. January 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I love stories like that.

    I have a few of those with my husband – not Radiohead, but other misc. concerts, including a show at Auburn that all of 20 people were at. No wonder I married him.

  6. January 21, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Yes, we have other shows, too, and we think, a party in Athens, memorable because it was at a mutual friend’s house, and there were lots of people wearing hats there. I like the RH one best, though, because we both remember where we watched it, and it was within feet of each other, and then i moved just days later. I like to think i wasn’t ready to meet him yet. I certainly have never regretted moving to Denver.

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