What a Jukeoff

TFH here, starting things off with a hat tip to SoSfDavidO and the rest of the guest author rotation for bringing you the daily snark!

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June 27, 2015 at 1:50 am
So Funky had the band box repaired…[b]ut he repaired the Bandbox specifically to watch these individuals dance…[i]nstead, they are jamming to the music from the jukebox. Which didn’t need fixing…[a]nd probably worked all along.

I’ll bet Les’ friends cringe anytime he starts a sentence with “I don’t know if you guys know this, but…” With Westview’s cultural totem refurbished and restored to its place of honor, Montoni’s is once again “alive with music”, if not with paying customers. Naturally Les, the walking Wikipedia, cannot resist using the occasion to school his lessers on the history and etymology of the jukebox, and is chastened by Funky—Funky!—for being a buzzkill.


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15 responses to “What a Jukeoff

  1. Nathan Obral

    Welp, just came back from a week-long bicycle excursion around a good part of Ohio… to find that Tom Batiuk still sucks.

    Good to see a bit of normalcy.

  2. Epicus Doomus

    Wow, this is almost EXACTLY what I envisioned with my “The Most Annoying Man In The World” proposal for FW. Except in the last panel Dick Face would be in a boxcar with his hands and legs bound and his mouth duct taped shut as the townspeople shouted “hurrah!!!”.

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    I have a feeling Les throws out that fascinating story anytime he sees someone put a quarter in the jukebox.
    And apparently Cayla wasn’t allowed to leave the house before the band box got repaired.

  4. Rusty Shackleford

    What so the jukebox doesn’t work without the band box?

    So I’m on day 2 of reading TCFW volume 1, and it is not too bad. Yeah, the jokes are dated as is the dialog, but at least there was some basis for the jokes and dialog. Batoms art work has certainly improved, but his writing has gotten much worse.

  5. Rusty

    I don’t wanna even know what’s on that jukebox. Oliver? The Monkees? The Carpenters? The whitest of the whitest bread from 1968, would be my guess. Bread?

  6. Since the band box is basically a 1950s Billy Bass that simply responds to sound, they really didn’t need it to make the jukebox work so could have just let that thing play bubble gum music.

    Also, there’s Les/Batiuk for you: completely missing the point because he’s too out of it to know what the point might actually be.

  7. Professor Fate

    but the Author doesn’t link Juke Boxes to Juke Joints which were rural dance halls/bars in the south (also known as Barrelhouses) where African Americans would meet dance, drink and just let off steam after a long week in the fields. Which is why the got the name juke box. I’m not sure why the author didn’t go into that detail other than Juke Joints tended to be pretty rough places. Fights all sorts of stuff – Robert Johnson was said to have died because he drank poisoned whiskey given to him by the owner of a Juke joint who was angry that Robert was making time with his wife.

  8. bigd1992

    My guesses for the jukebox are songs or bands from Ohio:
    Ohio by CSNY
    Tommy James and the Shondells
    Isley Brothers

  9. bad wolf

    1. I’m sure we’ve all heard the term “mansplaining” but what’s the word for a white guy lecturing his (allegedly) African-American wife on Black History?

    2. “Wow, Les! So what’s the origin of the term ‘band box’, which is what we were talking about?”
    “It’s a box with a band in it. Hmph… I guess some children were left behind.”

  10. bigd1992

    Can’t believe I forgot the pride of Akron, Devo

  11. Rusty Shackleford

    Crack that whip…

  12. Charles

    My suspension of disbelief was broken when nobody told Les to shut the fuck up in panel three.

    Also, what is up with the smug prick look Les is giving in the title panel? How does Cayla manage to live with him without constantly giving him swirlies?

  13. Les, I say this as one pointless trivia wonk to the other: SHUT. YOUR. PIEHOLE.

  14. Rusty Shackleford

    Wow Les, you are so cool because you can quote some tidbits of black history.

  15. John

    bad wolf: “Whitesplaining” though I’ve noticed the people most guilty of it tend to be equally obnoxious to all. 😛

    (Such as when they railed against two of my siblings, both of who have spouses with different skin pigmentation as “robbing People of Color”. Uh-huh. Personally, I say love whoever you fall in love with.)