Toronto Mike

I Never Felt I Had to Choose

Pulp Fiction is my favourite movie of all-time, and it's held that title for almost 30 years. There's a deleted scene in Pulp Fiction where Mia Wallace is interrogating Vincent Vega by asking if he's a Beatles or Elvis man, because she claims there are only two types of people.

Now this scene was deleted from the final film, but still it sort of confused me. In my 20 year old mind, it wouldn't be Beatles or Elvis, it would be Beatles or Rolling Stones. But who am I to question Quentin Tarantino?

I wasn't around for the heyday of The Beatles, Elvis Presley, or The Rolling Stones for that matter, but I was around for other such rivalries where one would take a side, except I never felt I had to choose.

Let's start with Nirvana and Pearl Jam. There was a strong sense you were either a Nirvana guy or a Pearl Jam guy, but I never for one second felt I had to choose. I loved both bands immensely, and I didn't give a fuck about choosing. Hook them both to my vein.

Oasis or Blur? I dig both. I definitely listened to more Oasis than Blur, but my interest in Oasis didn't dissuade me from pumping Blur. I never felt I had to choose.

Same with Tupac and Biggie, or The Smiths and The Cure, or Pavement and Smashing Pumpkins. Actually...

Who was choosing Pavement? That one always felt like a mismatch. Admittedly, I'm not a cool guy, but Smashing Pumpkins v. Pavement? Really?

Last night I watched a Wham! documentary on Netflix. I was a big Wham! fan as a lad. It's pretty good, and there's footage from Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and George is wearing his Choose Life shirt, and I'm thinking, why choose? I never felt I had to choose.

Author image
About Toronto Mike
I own TMDS and host Toronto MIke'd. Become a Patron.