Random Rules on the Onion

March 9th, 2006 by Larry Smith

The Onion’s A.V. Club is the famous humor mag’s better-than-it-needs-to-be pop culture section. It’s smart and funny and original and features one of our favorite columns in arts journalism, Random Rules. Here they ask their “favorite rockers, writers, comedians, or whatevers” to hit shuffle on their MP3 players and riff on the first few tracks that pop up. The latest? Comedian Patton Oswalt yaps about Yo La Tengo, ’60s British garage band The Haunted, and the B-52’s, whose song “Wig,” is about people wearing wigs. Let’s have a peek:

It’s a fun song, man. They’re singing about people wearing wigs. I love the chorus “On the neon side of town.” These guys are from Athens, Georgia, and you know that they heard some suburban housewife going, “Oh, that was happening on the neon side of town.” You know that must’ve been code word for “faggot.” “We can go see Brokeback Mountain, that’s kind of on the neon side of town.” I did a movie in West Virginia, and we all went out one night looking for gay bars in West Virginia. We were so obsessed with trying to find a gay bar, and I was even saying, “We gotta find the neon side of town,” and it was cracking me up.