Thursday, April 17, 2008

#4 Ridiculously Loud Car Stereos

First, let me say that I play my car stereo loud...really loud. I have a bass booster and a nice amp...even an overhead speaker toolbar. So I likes me some loud music!

But I always turn it down when I'm stopped at a red light.

My music is for's not for you. Even though it's much cooler than the Linda Ronstadt you're singing along to in your mini-van. ;-)

No, this isn't about playing loud music in your car. This post is for those guys who fill their trunk with ridiculously large speakers that rumble bass so loud that it hurts to be sitting next to them at the stop light.

Tuesday, on my way home from work, I was sitting at a light, pretending I know all the words to Nickelback's song, Rock Star, when I suddenly felt my car moving. My stomach was vibrating. (Okay, it was jiggling...but do we really have to get that specific?) And seriously, I thought my head was going to split open. This kid pulls up next to me with his ridiculous bass pumping system, crouched down in the driver's seat with oversized sunglasses on and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. I honestly don't know how this system wasn't hurting him. I bet he goes home complaining of headaches all the time.

Here's what I don't get: (And I realize I might sound like an old fogey here, but stay with me for a sec.) Can they hear the song? Cuz it seems to me that they've got the bass cranked so much that they can't hear the rest of the music that's being played. I play my music loud (not at stoplights)...but it's mixed to where I can hear the guitars, the drums, the bass, vocals, keyboards...whatever. But I honestly couldn't hear anything coming out of this car but bass. Maybe it wasn't even a song. Maybe it was just a music track of bass thumps over...and over...and over...again.

Let's be honest: How you listen to your music is up to you. I don't really care if you want to render yourself deaf before you turn 25. But how *I* listen to your music does concern me. And there's no reason for you to crank your bass system as you're sitting in the drive-thru or at a red light for all to hear. Be respectful. Turn it down. You can destroy your own ears while you're driving along if you like. But don't force me to listen to it while I'm trapped at a stop light.

Ridiculously loud car stereo systems: You Suck.


jglenn said...

I'm with you all the way. I got a splitting headache the other day at a stop light when some little punk pulled up behind me at a red light w/ his bass cranked and the sound distorted. I was getting seriously agitated and the red light seemed to last FOREVER! Who knows maybe they need the bass cranked to keep them moving--kind of like the energizer bunny and his drum. :)

Monique said...

Being in the car around a thumper sucks, but I also hate the cars thumping through the neighborhood, rattling windows.

Speaking of Nickleback, on my page I have my 9 year old singing to it... Very funny.

Go have a listen : Blame On Honey W/ The Beach Ball Hair

And I mentioned your blog in mine today School Bus Drivers [can] Suck

Hoover Maneuver said...

Yeah Monique, I'm the same way. I turn down my stereo as soon as I enter a neighborhood. But when I'm on the highway...all bets are off!

There's no reason for that in the neighborhood.

Thanks for the link! I'm gonna go listen to your son singing it now!

Hoover Maneuver said...

OMG! Monique, I totally snorted, laughing out loud, listening to your son singing Rockstar.

Blame on honey with the beach ball hair...



Thanks for sharing.


Monique said...

It is a hoot.

I also kind of like the fact that he just can't seem to get the words "drug dealer" out of his mouth.

Any other time, he would have censored himself in many (obvious) areas of the song. So trying to get them all in was hard for him.

Glad it gave you a laugh. After the rabid bus driver from hell this morning, seeing the Nickleback mention in your blog and remembering his version gave me a much needed smile this afternoon.

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SavvyD said...

I hate the way I have to hear the nasty lyrics of their songs while I'm sitting at the stoplight. Also, when I lived near an intersection, I lost so much sleep I couldn't think straight anymore. It SUCKED!!

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