What makes this a ”perfect mating song”??

Cidu Bill on Feb 11th 2013


Filed in B.C., Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor | 34 responses so far

34 Responses to “What makes this a ”perfect mating song”??”

  1. Ian Osmond Feb 11th 2013 at 03:17 pm 1

    Because Journey is awesome, maybe?

  2. Judge Mental Feb 11th 2013 at 03:26 pm 2

    Obviously the joke is that the “mating call” is nothing more then a pop song. I don’t think “Don’t Stop Believin’” is necessarily “more perfect” than hundreds of other pop songs. The one thing that makes it better than some others Mastroianni might have chosen is it is recognizable by both geezers and non-geezers.

    That being said, I am betting Mastroianni has never really paid *that* much attention to the lyrics and assumed that the “small town girl” and “city boy” are somehow romantically involved instead of just two unconnected people in pursuit of their dreams.

  3. Ian Osmond Feb 11th 2013 at 03:52 pm 3

    I think the reason it works as a mating song is that it engenders a sense of loneliness. It’s plaintive, and has a message of trying to find meaning in an arbitrary world. And it suggests that connection, even transitory connection, between strangers is one way to find meaning.

    So, yeah. Loneliness, the arbitrariness of the world, the hope for meaning, the desire for connection and implication that that connection is a possible source of at least a temporary sense of meaning and fulfillment.

  4. Mike Feb 11th 2013 at 03:59 pm 4

    I think it’s not just that he’s singing some 80s pop song, I think part of the “mating call” aspect is that he’s doing karaoke. And Journey is pretty ideal for karaoke.

  5. turquoisecow Feb 11th 2013 at 06:20 pm 5

    It’s the only one the bird knows all the lyrics to?

  6. Larry Feb 11th 2013 at 08:33 pm 6

    Ian #3 sums it up. This one always brings back mems of former GF. :|

  7. Molly J Feb 11th 2013 at 11:22 pm 7

    Anyone who can truly sing that song like Steve Perry did is halfway to my heart!

  8. Rey Feb 11th 2013 at 11:51 pm 8

    Ruiner: There is no South Detroit. South of Detroit is Windsor, Ontario.

  9. DemetriosX Feb 12th 2013 at 04:14 am 9

    @8 Rey
    South Detroit, the east side of Chicago, East California… Pop music certainly does love non-existent geography.

  10. ANDREA Feb 12th 2013 at 07:01 am 10

    WEST California, you mean?

  11. Powers Feb 12th 2013 at 08:18 am 11

    I agree with Mike. The karaoke is key here. Lonely guys (usually with a few beers in them) get up to sing karaoke and imagine thereby catching the attention of the girl of their dreams. “Don’t Stop Believing” is just a cliched typical karaoke song.

  12. fj Feb 12th 2013 at 09:18 am 12

    Yes, there is no “South Detroit” (at least as a proper noun). There used to be an “East Detroit,” but its residents changed the name of the city to “Eastpointe” in an attempt to associate themselves more with the the ritzy east-side suburbs (Gross Pointe, Gross Pointe Park, etc.).

    Yes, Windsor, Ontario lies to the south of the eastern part of Detroit, but the Detroit river curves, and there is a southern part of Detroit: the the communutities of Boyton and Oakwood Heights, and a whole set of southern suburbs (Taylor, Wyandotte, Lincoln Park, Southgate, Trenton, etc.). However no one who lives in the area would call it “South Detroit.” The area is collectively referred to as “Downriver.”

    Today is Paczki Day, so Detroiters are stuffing themselves with Polish jelly donuts before Lent starts tomorrow. I’ve already had my paczki, but I’ll pass on the Downriver Lenten tradition: muskrat dinners. An early 19th century priest in the region declared that for Lenten purposes, the muskrat could be considered a fish, and the folks downriver have been eating them during Lent ever since.

  13. Daniel J. Drazen Feb 12th 2013 at 10:22 am 13

    The “east side of Chicago,” aka Lake Michigan, was from “The Night Chicago Died,” a one-hit wonder for a group called Paper Lace.

  14. Chakolate Feb 12th 2013 at 10:42 am 14

    Um, back to the comic…

    It must be the perfect mating song because how else could not-very-pretty Billy Joel end up with a supermodel, whose name I forget at the mo.

  15. Keera Feb 12th 2013 at 10:51 am 15

    Chak, rich men don’t need good looks; only their trophy wives do. I didn’t know Billy Joel sang a Journey song to capture Christie Brinkley, though. I do know that she’s his “Uptown Girl”.

  16. DemetriosX Feb 12th 2013 at 02:15 pm 16

    @10 ANDREA
    Nope, it’s east. Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America”. New York to East California./There’s a new wave coming I warn you.

  17. fj Feb 12th 2013 at 02:19 pm 17

    “Uptown Girl” was originally inspired by Elle MacPherson.

  18. Judge Mental Feb 12th 2013 at 03:56 pm 18

    In fairness to Chakolate, if you read the lyrics independently with no music, those two lines are sort of similar.

    “Don’t Stop Believin” - Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world.
    “Uptown Girl” - Uptown girl, she’s been living in her uptown world

    Although I doubt many whippersnappers are going to make that mistake, as I don’t think Uptown Girl has had the same sort of recent revival that “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” has had. (Hitting the European and UK top 100 in 2009/2010 and being featured prominently in the TV show Glee and the movies Pitch Perfect and Rock of Ages)

  19. matingsongs Feb 12th 2013 at 09:22 pm 19

    I thought Bitter::sweet - The Mating Game was the perfect mating song?


  20. Sue Feb 12th 2013 at 11:34 pm 20

    I don’t see a problem with being on the east side of Chicago, though I don’t know that it is a very common phrase. Now if you are east of Chicago though, if you are not in a boat you are going to be wet unless you are way east of Chicago.

  21. mitch4 Feb 13th 2013 at 01:41 am 21

    Sue #20 is correct that there is an east side or East Side in Chicago. There are large areas where the address technically is “East” something street; but that is normally not called east side. However, there is also a particular neighborhood which is often called East Side as a name. It’s not as big or generalized as the South Side, or North Side, or even the West Side, but it’s there and it’s real. (Chakolate, do you agree?)

  22. Chakolate Feb 13th 2013 at 11:45 am 22

    mitch4 @ 21, Yes. It should probably be called the ’southeast side’ because it’s generally south of 79th street. If you look at a map, the section of Chicago that heads off toward Indiana is the East Side.

    The ‘east’ street addresses farther north are generally just referred to as the lakefront.

  23. Chakolate Feb 13th 2013 at 11:49 am 23

    Judge Mental @ 18,

    Yes, that’s exactly what I did - conflate the two songs. So my take on the comic is all wrong. Never mind!

  24. Mark in Boston Feb 13th 2013 at 08:14 pm 24

    Mitch4 @ 21:

    Boston is worse. The West End is to the north; the North End is just east of that; East Boston is a bit northeast of the North End; the South End is to the south as you would expect but you go east from there to get to South Boston. There is no North Boston, West Boston, or East End.

  25. Chakolate Feb 13th 2013 at 08:45 pm 25

    Mark in Boston,

    Is it true what I heard about Boston, that wherever in Boston ‘there’ is, you can’t get there from ‘here’(anywhere else in Boston)?

  26. Ian Osmond Feb 13th 2013 at 08:49 pm 26

    Mark in Boston — additionally, the West End hasn’t existed since the 1950s. Your placement is exactly correct — it’s just that that’s where it’s not, rather than where it is.

  27. Ian Osmond Feb 13th 2013 at 08:53 pm 27

    Chakolate @ 25: I’ll reiterate what I often say about Boston street layout.

    The way Boston is laid out is 100% logical. It’s based on the most direct paths possible between town or village centers, detouring around obstacles like lakes, bays, forests, and steep hills.

    Of course, since the time the roads were laid out, we leveled the hills to fill in the lakes and bays, and cleared the forests. Also, because of demographic changes and growth, all the town centers moved.

    So all major roads in Boston are the most direct routes between one place that doesn’t exist and another place that doesn’t exist, detouring around obstacles that don’t exist. Once you understand that, it all makes sense.

  28. Ian Osmond Feb 13th 2013 at 08:54 pm 28

    Chakolate @ 25: So, to answer your question — it’s very easy to get from one place in Boston to another place in Boston. It’s just that those places aren’t there any more.

  29. Chakolate Feb 13th 2013 at 08:55 pm 29


    Makes perfect sense to me. Thanks for setting me straight. ;-)

  30. Cidu Bill Feb 13th 2013 at 09:54 pm 30

    Mark, isn’t North Boston where Little Italy and all are? My son uses that designation.

  31. Ian Osmond Feb 14th 2013 at 01:49 pm 31

    CDIU Bill @ 30 — no, that’s the North End.

  32. Cidu Bill Feb 14th 2013 at 01:52 pm 32

    Ah. I was close, though.

  33. Todd Feb 14th 2013 at 05:36 pm 33

    As far as East California goes, since most people think of the coast when they think of California, I think East California could be everything else. Certainly the mountain areas would qualify.

  34. Morris Keesan Feb 14th 2013 at 08:39 pm 34

    Ian #26: the West End as a neighborhood was destroyed in the same “urban renewal” that replaced Scollay Square with Government Center, but geographically, there’s still a West End, and I just checked and confirmed that there’s still a West End branch of the Boston Public Library. It’s on Cambridge Street, just uphill from the small shopping center where the Charles Cinema used to be. When I worked in Government Center a few decades ago, I patronized that branch library quite a bit.

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