“What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” - John Cusack in High Fidelity
“They always seemed what? They always seemed really great is what they always seemed. They picked up where your precious Cap n’ Jazz left off, and you’re sitting around complaining about no more Cap n’ Jazz albums. I can’t believe you don’t own this fucking record. That’s insane. Jesus.”
It would be nice to think that since I was 14, times have changed. Relationships have become more sophisticated. Females less cruel. Skins thicker. Instincts more developed. But there seems to be an element of that afternoon in everything that’s happened to me since. All my romantic stories are a scrambled version of that first one.
These things are going to eat away at me and eat away at me and I'm going to drop dead of cancer or heart disease or something. And I shake and shake, and I rewrite the script in my head until it’s 100 per cent proof poison, and none of it helps at all.
“Rob, top five musical crimes perpetuated by Stevie Wonder in the ’80s and ’90s. Go.”
Tonight’s pick (July 4): High Fidelity, Comedy, 8.30pm AEST
LOVE, comedy, John Cusack, Jack Black, musical lists, searing pop culture commentary … acclaimed pic High Fidelity has it all.
Cusack plays Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker who works with rock snob Barry (Black). When his girlfriend walks out on him he recounts his top five breakups in increasingly comical fashion.
See for yourself why it’s one of the best comedies of the Noughties. - Charles Purcell