News That Radiohead And Nine Inch Nails May Be Headlining Lollapalooza Prompts More Comment-Section Humorlessness Than Ever

noah | March 7, 2008 3:30 am

Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot broke the news that Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails are probably headlining this year’s edition of Lollapalooza on his blog, and the comment-section posturers were out in full force, hoping to let people know that they were, in fact, anonymously better than everyone else. To wit: “I paid $2 to see Radiohead in concert once back when I lived in NYC.”; “The secret sale tickets sold out in something like 13 minutes this morning. No wonder you missed it.”; and “Great! Can’t wait to spend over $200 to hear these normally great bands sound abnormally mediocre thanks to generic festival audio mixing! Yeepee!” But my favorite comment has to be the one that was in response to someone trying to make a feeble joke about Radiohead’s first big hit–you know, the one that they released when they were merely a bunch of 120 Minutes also-rans:

@ Jeff: “Sweet! I sure hope they play Creep…I love that jam!”

you are the exact person I don’t want to see at this show. FYI – they’ve banned it from their repitore – thank god … Posted by: Phife | Mar 7, 2008 12:14:16 PM

This comment may be the ultimate example of Internet humorlessness, seeing as how it combines the following:

• Snobbery! • Pedantry! • Incorrect pedantry! (Dude should have checked Wikipedia: “After mid 1998 they did not play the song live at all until the final encore of their hometown concert at South Park in Headington in Oxford in 2001, when they played it in a seemingly impromptu decision after an equipment failure on the keyboard near the start of ‘Motion Picture Soundtrack’. Since then they have played it 15 more times (including a performance of the song as they headlined V Festival 2006).” • Misspellings!

Really, if it had a gratuitous self-link I would try to bronze it as an example of Everything Irksome About Internet Music Discussion In 2008. Do you think this guy has a blog?

Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails to headline Lollapalooza ’08 [Turn It Up]