Negativland, “The Letter U And The Numeral 2”
A song that samples parodies of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” as well as the original, but, more notably, a legendarily profane blowup by Casey Kasem during a frustrating rehearsal. He was, by all accounts, a pro, and, as you’ll hear, he and the people around him may not have been on the same page.
Mr. Kasem passed away today after an extended, debilitating illness. I listened to American Top 40 for a few years, both in the U.S. and overseas via American Forces Radio and Television Service. His voice was utterly unmistakeable, and it served his purpose admirably. A familiar, comforting guide through the charts, threading together songs of widely varying quality with factoids, anecdotes and Long-Distance Dedications™.
I always liked his sign-off—“Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.” I don’t know if he wrote it or found it somewhere, but it had a sincerity to it that was a nice upbeat segue out of his show.
Plus, he was the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, so that was another flock of hours in my ears during those key developing years.