Paula Cole is the pits

Matt and I had a brief IM conversation this morning resulting from I Don’t Want to Wait by Paula Cole playing on the radio:

jamie: wearing shrap-NEL in his SKIN
jamie: that was just on the radio
matt: how nice for you
matt: I don’t hate any songs more than that one
jamie: really? ANY songs?
matt: I can’t think of a single song I hate more
jamie: wow…including Celine Dion? Whitney Houston?
matt: them i can tolerate
matt: if I need to
jamie: you don’t wanna wait? for your life to be over?
matt: but Paula Cole is like nails on a chalkboard for me, which come to think of it, still sounds better than Paula Cole

Ever since the song came out, we’ve made fun of the way she sings “wearing shrapnel in his skin”, but until this conversation, I never quite realized the level of hatred that Matt has for her. Not that I’m a fan by any means. Hearing the song and having this conversation reminded me of many years ago when Matt and I were staying at his cousin Eric’s apartment near Boston for some reason, and we were planning on getting tickets to see Radiohead at the Worcester Centrum later that summer. Tickets went on sale the morning we were at Eric’s, so I called Ticketmaster or whoever the hell you’d call back then to order concert tickets, but since they had just gone on sale, it was hard to get through, and I was put on hold. And the entire time I was on hold (at least 15-20 minutes, possibly much longer), I Don’t Want to Wait by Paula Cole was played on a loop. Part of me thought whoever set that up was incredibly clever, and part of me wanted to find them and kill them in cold blood.

I don't wanna wait, for my brains to be blown out...

Speaking of Paula Cole and Boston, she performed at the first Mixfest in Boston that Matt and I went to, along with our friends Lisa and Erica. We stayed at Eric’s apartment that weekend as well. When Paula Cole came on stage, Erica climbed up into a tree to get a better view of Paula’s hairy armpits while Matt, Lisa, and I wandered off to do something a lot less depressing. I think we went to see the Holocaust Memorial. We were also there for most of Third Eye Blind’s set as well.

Anyway, long story short: Matt hates Paula Cole and she has hairy pits. And eff Radiohead for making me listen to her song for an eternity.

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  1. No wonder you have such violent thoughts. Anyone who had to listen to paula cole on infinite loop– that’s gotta screw you up for life.

    There should be Paula Cole rehab.

  2. Songspeak bonus story that I just remembered about this song: When it first came out, Matt and I were working at the Smith College bookstore. One afternoon/evening we were hanging out with one or two of our Smithie friends and Matt was lamenting that he was scheduled to work the next day, and he broke into song to the tune of Paula Cole, “I don’t wanna work…at the bookstore to-morrow!”

    I knew there was a reason we included this song on one of the original Songspeak’s Greatest Hits mixtapes.

  3. Paula Cole is the shit, you faggots have the worst taste. Your friends sound lame, go lick some balls. This blog/site whatever it is sucks

  4. @Fuckyou – Gay or straight, ball-licker or no, it doesn’t change the fact that Paula Cole is awful. If this is the effect her music has had, you’ve confirmed it. I’m telling you, Paula Cole rehab is the only way.

  5. Show me another artist who can actually beatbox, has done JAZZ songs, Rock Songs, R&B Songs, has rapped on a song and as highly respected as her by EVERYONE across the industry. She can read music, writes it all; knows every chord in the book… what other female has been nominated in the grammy’s for PRODUCTION. Give me a fucking break, there’s no point for this discussion.

    Just picked the wrong artist to make fun of, pikc someone who actually isn’t talented. next time.

  6. Oh yeah she’s done Country tunes too. Who else gets a phone call at Age 24 from Peter Gabriel asking her to come sing on tour with her, he heard Harbinger and thought it was so amazing that he wanted her on his tour. Bottom line she’s unbelievable and this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever read.

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