Tom Jones. Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Are the Hipsters Hip to Tom Jones?

Gutbloom
4 min readDec 4, 2015

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Yesterday alto had a post about Airport ’75 that was really about appreciating the cheesy colossus that was Charlton Heston. The post warmed my heart. I watched the Airport ’75 trailer that he linked to, and it brought me much joy. Don’t deny yourself. You should click on that link, read his post, watch the trailer, and then come back here.

Alto’s post made me wonder; are the hipsters hip to all of the great offerings of yesteryear? My guess is they are. I was listening to “The Wind Cries Mary” one day and one of my younger relatives identified it as a Hendrix tune. I asked how he was so well versed in Hendrix, and he said he knew it from playing Guitar Hero.

But what about Tom Jones? They must know Tom Jones, right? Of course. How could a hipster not already be drunk on Tom Jones? Tom Jones is like a cat. He was Internet ready before there was an Internet. His voice booms out from the age of crappy television, and every wiggle, vocal inflection, and game introduction was captured on tape. His career was custom made for YouTube mastication.

You see, in the old days we had these things called “variety shows”, and, I’m not going to lie to you, they made “Pickers” look an episode of Sherlock. There were hours and hours of bad television. There were dismal skits, tepid songs, soulless dances, and corny jokes, but we watched all of it, and every once in a while there would be a number, or an act, that would wake you up, and then someone in the room would say, “now, that’s entertainment.”

Thanks to the Internet, we don’t have to endure the flab. We can cut right to the quick, and watch the entertainer entertain.

That’s the most popular Tom Jones video on YouTube, for good reason. It’s got it all. I lead with my trump suit. It’s all down hill from here. You should get out now.

Tom Jones took his name from a 1963 movie based on a Henry Fielding novel. It’s the kind of book nobody reads any more. It was a great movie starring a young Albert Finney. If you watch it, you realize why…

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Gutbloom

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