EmmyWho Harris!?

SoSfDavidO here, taking the reins from the very talented BeckoningChasm! *swigs some straight vodka* Ok, let’s take a look here…

There’s a joke buried in somewhere in today’s strip but it would require me knowing who Emmylou Harris is. Great, so now I have to go to Google and look her up, which means the joke has to be explained, which means it isn’t really funny and therefor isn’t a joke.

In any case, I’ve done some legwork for you with this link to EmmyLou Harris’s Wiki page.

Of course, I’m making the assumption that most of us know who Robert Plant is.

So, in summation, My-Tunes recommended an artist based on Crazy’s enjoyment of another artist. This is going to be just a rib-tickler of a set-up for a full week of complaining about technology!



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29 responses to “EmmyWho Harris!?

  1. Epicus Doomus

    If you enjoyed “Funky Winkerbean” you might enjoy “amnesia”, “Ambien” and “Sloan Kettering”….

    Well, as it turns out, Robert Plant and Emmylou Harris do indeed have a common link, a guitar player named Buddy Miller, who’s performed with them both. So the suggestion isn’t nearly as far-out as BanMan would have you believe, especially if you’re a Buddy Miller fan. But Tom being Tom, he merely gaped in incredulous wonder instead of taking nine seconds to seek out that connection, which of course would have completely submarined his clever little take on “technology today”. Nicely done, BanTom. Color me dazed and unamused.

  2. I give up I’m at a loss to see the joke (or even a point) here.

  3. Ha ha! It’s funny because it’s unthinkable that anybody could possibly like rock AND country music!

  4. Epicus Doomus

    Gerard: I believe (sigh) the “point” here is that Robert Plant is a wild wailing hard rocker and Emmylou is a nice sedate old-school country music singer. Never mind that in “real life” Led Zep has been broken up for almost thirty six years or that Plant’s musical output has likewise become far more sedate through the years, it’s supposed to be an insane contrast that could have only happened via the maddening grasp of this deranged technology that’s dominating our lives and (zzzzzzzz). At least that’s what I THINK he was aiming for here.

  5. SpacemanSpiff85

    Are these the most polar opposite musicians Batiuk could think of? I didn’t think they were that dissimilar at first, and they’re both listed under the “folk” and “country” genres on Wikipedia, so yeah, there is a stylistic connection.
    I really do think this whole week is just going to be Harry staring at a monitor and reading names of musicians.

  6. SpacemanSpiff85

    “If you like ‘Funky Winkerbean’, you might also enjoy ‘the sweet, cold embrace of the grave’.”

  7. In a world where Johnny Cash had one of his last big hits by covering a Nine Inch Nails song, no contrasts are implausible enough to merit such a shocked facial expression.

  8. billytheskink

    Crazy should use Amazon instead of iTunes My-Tunes. I went there and searched for Could Be A Book Deal Here. The search result immediately after TB’s book is I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems By Cats.

    Nailed it.

  9. Epicus Doomus

    I have to believe this is something that actually happened to him in “real life” (so to speak). He downloaded a Robert Plant tune then went completely off the deep end upon seeing Emmylou Harris as a suggestion. You know, running around the house roaring with laughter, annoying the hell out of everyone with the story, the whole nine yards. It never occurred to him that there might actually be a connection there, which is where some sort of editor or fact-checker might (ahem) have come in handy. In fact it’s pretty much proof that no one anywhere reads this thing before it’s published, as it took me mere seconds to find the connection. And it’s not merely a really obscure connection, this Buddy Miller guy was a major contributor with both Plant and Harris and not all that long ago either, so he can’t call “beady-eyed nitpicking” this time around. There are thousands of possibilities that might have made this premise “funnier”, all he needed to do was tweak the names. Instead though, he ran with his inane and quite stupid observation and ended up making an ass out of himself again.

  10. What do you want to bet this is something that happened to Batiuk oh, about a year ago, and he said, “Hey, what a hilarious idea for a slice-of-life comic! Because technology, amirite?”

  11. @SpacemanSpiff85 – You’ve zeroed in on my conundrum. Sure Kashmir and other Led Zeppelin material wouldn’t line up with Emmylou Harris’ music but some of Robert Plant’s post-Zeppelin work isn’t such a big stretch. More proof that The Author (as Epicus Doomus points out) doesn’t research his strokes of genius. The theory that this suggestion was actually made to him by iTunes and that he saw it as a colossal mistake of the technology instead of exploring to see what the possible link could be is quite likely and another example of the slapdash method he appears to employ in his scripting of the strip.

  12. This could be a servicable joke if the punchline was something blatant like Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga. But it still wouldn’t be funnier than your average Youtube comment made by a 12 year old.

  13. SpacemanSpiff85

    @Gerard Plourde:
    And the thing is, Harry likes “Robert Plant” as opposed to “Led Zeppelin”. Solo work is different. And My-Tunes would treat them differently. It’d be like if you said you liked “Paul McCartney” but not “The Beatles”.
    I’m actually pretty surprised, impressed and grateful that Batiuk didn’t just waste an entire strip on the hilariousness of “My-Tunes”.

  14. We’re dealing with yet another reminder that Batiuk is an old man who describes computers, copiers and fax machines as ‘the machine’.

  15. Saturnino

    “If you like ‘Funky Winkerbean’, you might also enjoy ‘the sweet, cold embrace of the grave’.”

    I believe Mark Twain called it the “refuge of the grave.”

  16. Chyron HR

    “If you like Crosby, Stills & Nash, you might enjoy Crosby, Stills, Nash & YOUNG? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?!”

  17. I thought the only music that Harry liked was the Montoni’s band box.

  18. Epicus basically had to spend his hard earned time explaining the gag, which means TB utterly failed at it. The only way it might be worth even a smirk is if this were 1975 when those artists were light years apart. In 2015 there’s not a music fan on the planet that doesn’t know Plant plays as much roots music as he does rock music. He won a friggin Grammy for an Americana album a few years back, for chrissake. And since the gag hinges on a music fan reading it ( as opposed to, say, a architect who lives in Antarctica), he gets a double failing grade, because a music fan also automatically knows the gag ain’t funny in 2015.

  19. I guess we can add Robert Plant to our ever-expanding list of things Batiuk doesn’t know anything about.

  20. sgtsaunders

    Yes, Air-Guitarzan, seriously. TomBats thinks he made a joke, but considering Robert Plant successfully recorded with Alison Krauss, and Alison Krauss sang with Emmylou Harris (and Gillian Welch) on the soundtrack to the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou?”, there is no real stretch and, accordingly, no real joke. Surprised? I didn’t think so.

  21. Robert Plant to Emmylou Harris isn’t such a stretch, considering Plant recorded an album with another American bluegrass-country singer-songwriter and musician, Alison Krauss in 2007.


    A lot of these suggestions are based on the fact that other people who listened to Emmy Lou Harris also listened to Robert Plants music. It’s like the Netflix suggestions. The problem, with music is that peoples taste in music can be eclectic. You could have a number of people who listened to Beethoven who have listened to Mos Def and Charlie Parker.

  23. HeyItsDave

    Yeah, Tom, we get it. You’re a cranky old faht who hates stuff.

    Are we going to get an entire week of Pluggers-level ranting about how much better the “good old days” were?

  24. Professor Fate

    Emylou Harris? That’s a woman’s name! The Outrage.

  25. I’m give this strip one thing, this is the cleanest I’ve seen Crazy Harry in a long time.

  26. Attempting to Make Lemonade Out of Lemons Dept. (aka “any one of these would have made more sense than the Plant/Harris gag”): (1) Let’s say Harry is a classic soul/funk fan – his MyTunes recommendation might be… If you like potty-mouthed R&B artist Millie Jackson, you might also enjoy scum-rocker G.G. Allin. (2) Harry is a Motley Crue fan… If you like Tommy Lee, you might also enjoy John Mayer (insert comment about being obsessed with his penis and bonking large breasted actresses). (3) Harry is a Beach Boys fan… If you like Brian Wilson, you might also enjoy Wesley Willis and Daniel Johnston. (4) Harry is a Beatles fan… If you like “The White Album”, you might also enjoy “LIE: The Love and Terror Cult” by Charles Manson. (5) Harry is a punk fan… If you like Skrewdriver, you might also enjoy the Last Poets. (Okay, so on that last one I’m reaching just a bit…. that said, I suppose I’m living in a fantasy world to expect TB to even flirt with pop culture subtlety the way, say, the “Zits” strip does.)

  27. Good think Batiuk didn’t use “Glen Frey” as one of the choices….

  28. Epicus Doomus

    BanTom is one of those unique artists who tries too hard even as he isn’t trying at all. His premise here isn’t terrible, it’s (as usual) the execution. A simple tweak after ten seconds of Googling could have salvaged the gag but (as usual) he couldn’t be bothered with that.

  29. Apauled

    Didn’t Harry Dinkle recently point out that all music is sacred? So Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, everybody & anybody else — if you love music, the genre is irrelevant to you. But that would mean you couldn’t sneer & smirk, which are the high point of life, right, TB?