1981 Called, with a familiar ringtone…

Cidu Bill on Nov 16th 2012


I got this from two people as a CIDU this morning alone: the mechanic is giving Mick Jagger the idea for the song that would eventually be best known as the theme for Windows 95.

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30 Responses to “1981 Called, with a familiar ringtone…”

  1. Cidu Bill Nov 16th 2012 at 02:30 pm 1

    And yes, the steering wheel should be on the other side (which actually might have made the comic a little easier to understand)

  2. Chakolate Nov 16th 2012 at 04:20 pm 2

    Holy… whatever.

    Side LOL: I actually thought the license plate might be a clue, so I googled bvtybvty and felt remarkly silly when I realized it was just ‘Brevity’.

  3. fj Nov 16th 2012 at 04:38 pm 3

    I googled it, too… AND tried to come up with a Stones song that worked as an acronym.

  4. James Pollock Nov 16th 2012 at 07:38 pm 4

    OK, two questions:
    1. What steering wheel?
    2. That’s supposed to be Mick Jagger?

  5. Jeff S. Nov 16th 2012 at 08:34 pm 5

    Those big lips can only belong to Mick Jagger, and is confirmed by the lyrics.

  6. turquoisecow Nov 16th 2012 at 08:43 pm 6

    I can’t really tell if the driver is supposed to be human, never mind Mick Jagger, but I get the joke.

  7. furrykef Nov 16th 2012 at 08:50 pm 7

    James Pollock — well, you can’t see the wheel itself, but presumably the guy would be talking to the driver, not a passenger, which implies the steering wheel is on the car’s left side.

    Trivia: in Japan it’s considered classy to have a foreign car with the steering wheel on the wrong side, so manufacturers exporting to Japan make them that way — even when the car is from a country that drives on the same side of the road as Japan.

  8. Inkwell Nov 16th 2012 at 09:15 pm 8

    Wow, I was WAY off about this comic. I’d probably have gotten it if I recognized Jagger, but I thought it was a woman. I was looking for some flirtatious double meaning in “start you up?”.

  9. Kilby Nov 17th 2012 at 01:26 am 9

    I agree with Inkwell (8) - The comic takes on a slightly kinky (NqSFW) aspect if the longish hair were taken to mean that the passenger were an (anonymous) woman. However, twelve volts at a typical automotive amperage is more likely to be fatal than arousing.

    P.S. I’m not sure about the lips, but I think the neck indicates that the passenger is male (and probably, although not certainly intended to be Mick).

  10. mitch4 Nov 17th 2012 at 09:00 am 10

    I also at first read it in the manner of Inkwell #8. (But with some confusing spillover from “Now don’t get me started!”)

  11. Morris Keesan Nov 17th 2012 at 10:21 am 11

    I was one of the people who sent this to Bill as a CIDU. Even though I recognized what the mechanic is saying as possibly a reference to a Mick Jagger song, I had absolutely no idea that the person in the car was intended to be Mick.

    And why is the mechanic (actually, I Just realized that he’s a tow truck driver, and that’s his truck, sketched in the backgroun) holding a single jumper cable, with a single terminal, instead of a pair of cables? Has whoever drew this never jumpstarted a car?

  12. Frosted Donut Nov 17th 2012 at 10:41 am 12

    @Morris Keesan: The mechanic is holding one cable in his left hand (you can just see the clamp) and the other in his right hand. This comic would certainly have benefited from more precise drawing.

  13. Morris Keesan Nov 17th 2012 at 11:10 am 13

    Donut, thanks. The left-hand clamp looked to me like fingers, until you pointed it out.

  14. padraig Nov 17th 2012 at 11:51 am 14

    Up hyar in Cheese Country they also play “Start Me Up” at Lambeau Field just before opening kickoff.

    This makes even more sense when you realize that a lot of areas in Wisconsin only receive Oldies stations. So for folks in those areas, “Start Me Up” is a hot new single. (And no, they don’t watch MTV. Or even VH-1. Not that you’re going to see any modern music videos on either of those anyway.)

  15. Mark M Nov 17th 2012 at 02:15 pm 15

    What’s next? A retailer selling Mick a heater saying “You’re so cold?”. How about a house painter asking “Paint it black?”. They could do a whole week of these.

  16. Bob in Nashville Nov 17th 2012 at 06:01 pm 16

    Mick watching TV and a news story about a baby saved from flood waters and re-united with his mother, “What an emotional rescue this was!”

  17. Detcord Nov 18th 2012 at 06:07 am 17

    James Pollock (4) nailed it for me. Though Mick was well before my time, I do know of Mick Jagger. Judging by the various song references posted here, I clearly do not know his songs. So, please Mark M, not a whole week of these.

  18. Elyrest Nov 18th 2012 at 09:29 am 18

    Detcord - You must be kidding. As Mick Jagger is still out there performing and creating music he can hardly be before your time. The Rolling Stones still get more press than many, so called, current groups. It’s hard to think of anywhere that their songs haven’t been played. I’m not getting any satisfaction here.

  19. Jeff S. Nov 18th 2012 at 11:58 am 19

    The Rolling Stones celebrated 50 years as a band last week, and still perform. How can they be before anyone’s time when they are still current, as Elyrest said?

  20. Mark Hanson Nov 19th 2012 at 12:47 pm 20

    My laugh at Microsoft’s use of the Rolling Stones song was the lyric farther in, “You make a grown man cry.” Windows could do that, but it probably wasn’t a selling point.

  21. DPWally Nov 19th 2012 at 01:45 pm 21

    Doesn’t look at all like Mick. Scraggly light brown hair, matching mustache, and thin lips just doesn’t do it. Seems like it wouldn’t have been too hard to do a recognizable caricature of his lips, but hair-coloring the upper lip ruins the effect.

    I like the rhythm of this comic. It’s probably no accident that Mick ponders “Hmm” rather than “I have an idea” or a lightbulb.

    Start me up

  22. Detcord Nov 19th 2012 at 02:09 pm 22


    Nope. Not kidding. I was barely an infant when “Mick and The Rolling Stones” hit it big. I was also not part of the drug culture that subsumed the 60’s and the 70’s. In other words, I remember the 60’s and - as a child - I certainly was there. I also saw the mistakes and wasted lives of those who took drugs. In that respect, I certainly was not there - which is why I am still here. :P

    Since I didn’t catch the “culture” that you associate with Mick - I did not follow those “old guys” or their music for the next 50 years either. From what I have heard, I don’t think I missed much.

    Just because Mick and Co. were BIG for you and Jeff does not mean they were big - or even relevant - for me and those I knew. There is a whole World out there, Elyrest, and from that perspective, Mick is only one small part of it (’cept for some, apparently ;) )

  23. Elyrest Nov 19th 2012 at 03:01 pm 23

    Detcord - You’re misinterpretation of culture and catching it a little disingenuous. The Rolling Stone and Mick Jagger weren’t WAY before your time - they were part of your time. You didn’t have to be part of any “drug” culture to have heard their music and they didn’t have to be BIG in your life or even relevant. There is a whole world out there Detcord and I am well aware of it. The Stones and their music was never BIG in my life, but it would’ve been impossible to experience my life without having heard their music.

  24. fj Nov 19th 2012 at 05:19 pm 24

    Detcord and I must be about the same age. I, too, remember the 60’s as a child. I would have a toddler when the Stones first performed on the Ed Sullivan Show, so I am perhaps a year or two older.

    I can understand how someone my age could have missed the Stones their first time around. With two older sisters, I remember the Monkees (they were on TV every week), and I vaguely remember the Beatles, but my direct memories from the 60’s do not include the Rolling Stones.

    But unless you avoided pop music entirely, it is difficult for me to imagine how someone my age could have missed the Stones entirely after they discovered a moss-retardent elixir in the late 70’s. “Some Girls” (released in 1978) was a #1 album in both the US and the UK. The Stones were worshipped by the punk rockers, while “Miss You” was a #1 hit and popular with the disco crowd. The Stones hosted Saturday Night Live. The next few albums were all big sellers, too, and the Stones had a whole string of top 10 hits over the next 5 years, including “Start Me Up.”

    It would be like missing Steve Martin in the same era.

    And, no, I’ve never done drugs… I’ve never even particularly associated the Stones with drug culture (unlike, for example, the Greatful Dead).

  25. Mark M Nov 19th 2012 at 05:54 pm 25

    Detcord, if you were an infant when the Rolling Stones, as you say, “hit it big” (as was I), then you certainly had to be old enough to have heard and remembered the song that is the inspiration for this particular comic. As noted in Bill’s title, they recorded it in 1981, hardly during the drug culture of the 60’s and 70’s.

  26. Detcord Nov 20th 2012 at 06:58 pm 26

    Elyrest(23), fj(24), Mark M(25)

    You are all projecting your own experiences and - apparently - demanding that they must be mine too. Sorry folks, but I speak the truth. Get over it.

    Elyrest, your use of the term “disingenuous” is, well, I can only say, “arrogant”. I use that term because you seem to believe that, because the Stones were part of your culture, they must be part of everyone else’s too. I am telling you this is NOT the case - and certainly not for me.

    fj - The first album (or record) I purchased was bought in Germany when I was with the US Forces. I think it was Michael Jackson’s Thriller album. I have never seen Saturday Night Live. My focus was getting into University as my parents made it plain they could not afford it. That meant classes during the day and working nights and weekends (as well as study) I now have 2 degrees. More earth-shattering news for your comfort zone. I do not and never have owned a TV. Major time-waster.

    Mark M. Well I guess there is a first time for everything. You are wrong - stunning as that word may be to your ears. I had not even HEARD of this song until Bill put it up the other day. In 1981, I was in Engineering Officer School at Ft. Belvoir, Va. Not much time there for buying records or playing around. Had a BLAST setting up … blasts though. (Hence the nick I was given, i.e. Detcord :) )

    So, how about you three opening up your eyes a bit and accepting that there is a World out there beyond your corner of it. Ta!

  27. Elyrest Nov 20th 2012 at 07:57 pm 27

    Detcord - I do see some arrogance here, but I’m afraid it comes from you. All of your comments towards me were gross misinterpretations and you seem to feel that you know what my “culture” is. You have been wrong on almost every comment though. I think that someone needs their eyes opened, but it’s not me.

    Signing off on this discussion.

  28. Detcord Nov 21st 2012 at 04:32 am 28


    All my comments toward you??

    I made a comment about “ME” - which YOU chose to challenge. I have no idea what your culture is - save what you wrote here. YOU chose to challenge MY interpretation of MY culture. And now you write that I am wrong about my interpretation of .. ME????

    How weird is THAT!

    PS: Re-read lines 17 and 18 - and tell me who chose to challenge who’s culture.

  29. Mark M Nov 21st 2012 at 10:08 am 29

    Whoa Detcord. Calm down there! :-)

    What exactly did I say that was “wrong”? I didn’t say it was impossible that you never heard the song. You used the argument that you were an infant in the 60’s as a reason why you were not familiar with songs of the Stones. I simply implied that the argument doesn’t hold water because you clearly were not a young child in 1981 when Start Me Up was recorded. And I didn’t even get into the irreverence of not being part of the drug culture. Are you actually implying that in order to be a fan, one had to be a druggie? That could be considered offensive to many.

  30. Detcord Nov 22nd 2012 at 05:12 am 30

    Mark M (29)

    My initial comment (no. 16) was meant to be light-hearted (but also honest). Mick is 14 years older than I, and by the time my contemporaries and I would have reached record-buying age, he was 28 or 30. You said I, “certainly had to be old enough”, but he was a generation ahead of me (give-or take a couple of years).

    However, my main points of contention were the assertions that I “must have” or “certainly had” to know Mick’s music. I felt I was being called a liar - which I think will get anybody’s dander up. :(

    The first I heard of the song, “Start Me Up”, was right here in these pages of Bill’s site. Really. Truly. Honestly. I thought my (22) comment made this clear - in a light-hearted way - but the way I got bushwhacked in 23, 24 and 25 was, well, more than a little disconcerting (to say the least). Hence 26.

    Oh, and it shouldn’t be necessary to point out that I did not coin the phrase “Sex, Drugs and Rock-n-Roll”
    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_effects_of_rock_music …and nowhere did I write, “had to be”.

    Hope this answers your questions…. :)

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