Back when I was in the army I roomed with a couple of black GIs for a few months and I was the only white boy in the room. Nice guys and we got along well, but their music of choice was Motown and disco.
Motown I can handle for short periods of time, but disco drives me insane, almost to the point of violence.
In retaliation, I went to the PX at Robinson Barracks in Stuttgart and bought some Bob Wills, Don Walser, Patsy Cline, Eddy Arnold, Hank Williams and Miss Kitty Wells to play on my stereo. I dearly love old skool Country, but Texas Swing…? Man, there ain’t nothing finer if you ask me. Give me a water glass full of bourbon and some Texas Swing and I’m set for the next hour or so.
After that, it was a race to see who could get up to the room first to put their music on. One day, I came in to find a gift wrapped box on my bunk – they had bought me a very nice pair of headphones, Bose if I remember correctly.
It was a win/win situation – they didn’t have to listen to my music and I didn’t have to listen to their constant whining and bitching.
Here’s some Don Walser if you want to hear what was really pissing them off. I mean, they’d go fucking nuts when I put this song on: