The recent passing of J.D. Salinger got us thinking about the small role The Catcher in the Rye played in our decision to wield the (figurative) pen for a living. While we’re pretty sure the book wouldn’t hold up should we crack it again today, it wowed us during junior high. It was, in fact, one of the first semi-adult books we kept on jonesing to read until we finished, a feeling we’d only had about Tolkien and the Hardy Boys up to that point.
But The Catcher in the Rye‘s artistic influence on Microkhan pales in comparison to that of a far more important cultural touchstone: the Star Wars cantina scene, which sparked our lifelong love affairs with distant lands, linguistics, and good music. We love it so much, in fact, that we dropped a Mos Eisley “Easter egg” quote into the pages of Now the Hell Will Start (to the immense displeasure of at least one eagle-eyed reviewer). So imagine our immense joy upon re-discovering the video Billy Ocean’s “Loverboy” (above), which offers a cut-rate facsimile of George Lucas’s creation. We’ve got it cued up to where the going gets good—the 36-second intro is way too interminable to bear. But once you’re helicoptering alongside the dude on the horse, you just can’t help but watch ’til the end.
(h/t Erik Ness)