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So the Season 1 finale of Glee finished ten minutes ago and I am very sad that I’ll have to find a new show to talk about for the next few months.  I already wrote a blog about Glee here, but I am just bursting with things to say about why I love the show and I feel an unshakable need to share them with you, because the music of Glee is essentially all I listen to these days.

I'm trying to be ashamed but I am just too filled with happiness for that.

My fiancée, despite my numerous attempts to persuade her, absolutely refuses to watch Glee, saying that she doesn’t like musicals.  In the immortal words of Aaron Weiss, “I half-heartedly explained, but gave up peacefully ashamed.”  It irks me that she makes fun of the show and says she hates it without ever having seen an episode, but ultimately I don’t care whether or not she likes it, and secretly I’m even sort of glad that she doesn’t.  I hate when people get pissed off that their favorite band is starting to gain popularity, even though we’ve all had that feeling, even me.  You overhear someone talking about a band you like, calling them “French screamo,” (as an acquaintance of mine once called The Mars Volta), and your blood boils, wishing that you were the only one in the world with knowledge of that band, that their name wasn’t being tainted by half-wits.  But Glee is a national phenomenon, one of the biggest shows on television, and it’s nice to be able to have that to myself to some degree.

Besides, you know all those social networking surveys where you put your media player on shuffle to come up with the soundtrack to your life?  Glee is basically the embodiment of that.  You could call it a musical, sure, but you’d be missing the point and also you’d be an idiot.  A musical is when you feel compelled to break out in a song about the joys of flossing your teeth, when every inane, boring thing in your life is set to an insipid jingle.  And when the people in musicals aren’t singing about how useful an umbrella is when it’s raining outside, they’re singing about love almost exclusively.  It’s boring.  You can’t relate.  But Glee knows you.  Glee knows all about the dead-end job you have, where you barely make more than minimum wage, which is why Puck and Finn sing Beck’s “Loser” during their first day at Sheets ‘N’ Things.  So it’s a modernized musical, yes, but in modernizing the musical they created something entirely new.  When you were in elementary school, did you ever have to go on a field trip to see a musical?  I know I did.  I rolled my eyes and asked my parents if I could stay home that day because musicals suck.

The polarizing reaction to Glee is amusing to me.  The go-to comeback for anyone who hates something seems to be, “I bet you haven’t even watched/heard it.”  It’s almost never true, especially in reference to popular music (“I bet you’ve never really listened to Ke$ha”) but with Glee, in my experience, it’s almost universally true, as my aforementioned fiancée has shown.  But I guess it isn’t so surprising, considering how easy it is to avoid the television and the radio these days.  Technology has made it so we can listen and watch whatever we want, whenever we want.

...however we want.

So on one side we have the “Gleeks,” the people who watch and love the show.  On the other side, we have the people who hate the show but have never watched it.  In the middle are people who think the show has flaws but they watch it every week because they fucking love it anyway.  Just read the critics’ responses to each episode.  The ones who give an episode a mixed review seem honestly disappointed because they love the show. It’s never, “Man this show is so consistently bad.”  Anyway, it’s hard to explain the intoxicating nature of Glee.  I’m not sure if I can come up with an explanation as to why I listen to the songs so often and with such fervor, but I can at least explain why I listen to them in the first place.

First of all, Glee takes songs that I would otherwise never ever listen to and turns them into something that I want to listen to all of the time on my laptop and in my car and on my iPod.  The best example is the Madonna tribute episode.  Fuck Madonna.  I would never listen to Madonna.  It’s not even that I don’t like her as a person.  Madonna is highly influential.  I would never say a bad word about Madonna herself because I respect her.  But her music is dated now.  It’s all got that 80s production that hits about as hard as a gnat.  Any poignancy in the songs is lost in the ether of reverb and quiet production.  Glee re-imagines these songs in the present day, with modern day production so that you can actually hear the intricacies, you can start to respect the songs themselves.  ”What It Feels Like For A Girl”?  Fuck, that song is so fucking good on Glee.  Same with “Borderline/Open Your Heart” and “Like A Virgin.”  Interestingly, one of her new millennium singles, “4 Minutes,” sounds lackluster because it didn’t bring anything new to the table.  I still enjoyed it, but I find myself coming back to the songs that have become something new because of Glee.

There’s an episode where the students’ assignment is to take notoriously bad songs and make them good.  It was one of my favorites because that’s what I love about Glee.  Jane Lynch sings “Physical” with Olivia Newton-John, and that was when I noticed the tension in the line “Let me hear your body talk, your body talk,” and I realized that “Physical” is a fine representation of its subject matter.  And “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”?  Hands down my favorite song from the show.  Would I ever listen to the original song?  Nope.  But the Glee version is some entirely different entity.  It’s powerful, it’s heart-wrenching.  It’s a good example of what Glee has done in general.  It took something awful – the musical – and made it something great.

On a semi-related note:  fucking Lea Michele.

On the right is Lea Michele. On the left are things I would like to do with her.

But the first season has ended, so I’ll have to find something else to write about in Chan’s Plans.  Any suggestions or requests?  And here is an AIM excerpt!

JesusDeEspana (11:35:09 PM): met a girl yesterday
JesusDeEspana (11:35:10 PM): her name is
JesusDeEspana (11:35:12 PM): get ready
JesusDeEspana (11:35:14 PM): you ready?
GDandBlinkfan76 (11:35:20 PM): i suppose
JesusDeEspana (11:35:24 PM): moogen
GDandBlinkfan76 (11:35:40 PM): whenever i rock my synthesizer
GDandBlinkfan76 (11:35:42 PM): thast what im doin
GDandBlinkfan76 (11:35:44 PM): im moogin’
JesusDeEspana (11:35:48 PM): lol




mynameischan
06.09.10
hello there!

AngelofDeath
06.09.10
"On the right is Lea Michele. On the left are things I would like to do with her."

Indeed.

iarescientists
06.09.10
oh yr engaged now

that makes me happy =)

iarescientists
06.09.10
assuming of course that it makes you happy

otherwise i'm belligerent

ShadowRemains
06.09.10
"On the right is Lea Michele. On the left are things I would like to do with her."

Indeed [2]

robertsona
06.09.10
lea michele is easily the best part about glee

not in the least because she's the best singer

Mordecai.
06.09.10
you are engaged?

AtavanHalen
06.09.10
Your FIANCEE? Aren't you nineteen?

theacademy
06.09.10
" you can start to respect the songs themselves. ”What It Feels Like For A Girl”? Fuck, that song is so fucking good on Glee. Same with “Borderline/Open Your Heart” and “Like A Virgin.” "

it's really not that weird. it's associative. it's the only reason why i have that song "Halo" by Haley James on my ipod... or any number of songs I downloaded from other soundtracks... sometimes you like a song only because of the media you associate it with


Tits McGee
06.09.10
chan when did you get engaged?

anyway, congrats man

Slum
06.09.10
I've never submitted myself to a full episode of Glee. Is it as good as everyone says?

IsItLuck?
06.09.10
Nothing like a subtle message on an Internet music blog to tell others that you are engaged. Congrats dude

mynameischan
06.09.10
GLEE IS THE REAL TOPIC HERE

Zoo
06.09.10
makin chanbabies

Awesomesauce
06.09.10
It's worse.

DaveyBoy
06.09.10
Chan's Plans #14: How I proposed (with Converge playing in the background)

Emim
06.09.10
Blech. Glee isn't all that good.

klap
06.09.10
bro Total Eclipse of the Heart rules

shrapnel
06.09.10
"My fiancée, despite my numerous attempts to persuade her, absolutely refuses to watch Glee"

way to slip in that piece of info Chan. Very smooth

coneren
06.09.10
Do you want me to add you?

qwe3
06.09.10
glee rules fuck you emim

Jim
06.09.10
yeah that madonna episode was great

lol at aim excerpt

DiceMan
06.09.10
I don't like Glee... And I've seen it.

buckfutter
06.09.10
Glee=world getting gayer

masterofcum
06.09.10
fiancee what the

buckfutter
06.09.10
Glee: Gaying Up the World, One Lonely Guy at a Time

masterofcum
06.09.10
cool say more unfunny stuff

Ire
06.09.10
I've never watched Glee but it is the greatest show of all time.

buckfutter
06.09.10
"cool say more unfunny stuff"

Why do you assume I'm trying to be funny. I'm actually voicing what I know to be as fact

tiesthatbind
06.09.10
lol Glee

Tulannical
06.09.10
what did you think of the finale chan

Emim
06.09.10
"glee rules fuck you emim"

No, no it does not.

mynameischan
06.09.10
charles you should AIM it up

IAmInsect
06.09.10
chan i can't get a response from you on fb...are you still planning on mailing me that CD?

mynameischan
06.09.10
yes sorry i jus gotta get round to it

iarescientists
06.09.10
next chan's plans gonna be epic

Ire
06.09.10
"Chan's Plans #14: How I proposed (with Converge playing in the background)"

please be true

Athom
06.09.10
yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..... glee's not for me. I saw the first episode and was like no thanks.

Parallels
06.09.10
^^^^

Tyler
06.09.10
The episode was okay. The performances were all amazing but the sap was a little much. I'm withholding for the Irish sucker above. Nice country, dude! (but no it's pretty gorgeous).

Calculate
06.09.10
Not enough Mountain Goats covers for Adam. Glee rocks!

TheyTookOurJobs
06.09.10
Well done on getting engaged dude

Skimaskcheck
06.09.10
Mars Volta aren't French screamo??? what

Eclectic
06.09.10
"There’s an episode where the students’ assignment is to take notoriously bad songs and make them good."

I was forced to watch that episode and suprise, surpise I actually LIKED it. I know, its incredible isn't it, an idiot like me actually liking Glee. I completely agree with everything you said in that paragraph, and ultimately that's what got me into the show.
"Jesse's Girl" was pretty good as well, even though I only saw it in the ads (I would have watched the episode, I swear to God I would have, but I had a prior engagement)

SmurkinGherkin
06.09.10
i recently started watching Glee and realised that it rules

taxidermist
06.09.10
"Chan's Plans #14: How I proposed (with Converge playing in the background)"

lol

What a brutal way to propose


Lelle
06.09.10
RAAAAH RAAAAAAAAAAAH RAAAAAAAAH will you marry me? DEAR ILL STAY GOOOOOOOLLDDDD ohh... yes! yes channie! RAAAAH RAAH ILL TAKE MY LOVE TO THE GRAVE

Transient
06.09.10
you got engaged? lol what the fuck

PanasonicYouth
06.09.10
IF YOU GUYS ACTUALLY WERE FRIENDS WITH HIM AND HAD HIS FACEBOOK YOU'D KNOW THAT HE'S BEEN ENGAGED FOR LIEK A MONTH JEEZ

Iluvatar
06.09.10
yeah and that it has RUINED OUR FRIENDSHIP

Lelle
06.09.10
And I spent my last of nights killing the best of friends
In the company of thieves, liars, beggers and whores
I'll lay waiting, just waiting for my time to come

SeaAnemone
06.09.10
I deleted Chan from my facebook friends like a month ago.

more importantly...

Frank Turner > Glee

sniper
06.09.10
Million Dead > Frank Turner

SeaAnemone
06.09.10
something referenced in the Chan's Plan's > random band, as good as it is

sniper
06.09.10
Haha SeaAnemone > sniper01

Fluorine
06.09.10
I hate Glee and lose respect for people who say they actually enjoy it (Does that make me a terrible person?). I wouldn't be able to say that without watching a few episodes.

SowingSeason
06.09.10
glee is everything that is wrong with tv. the plots are predictable and ridiculously cheesy. the dialogue is terrible, and the acting is even worse.

still, i kind of like the show...ugh...

Eclectic
06.09.10
I think that's the point SowingSeason. I may be wrong here but I got the impression that some aspects of it are meant to be a parody, they're not meant to be taken seriously.

Gaythiest
06.09.10
My Penis > Frank Turner > Glee > Chan's fiancee who should be me

Zipzop5565
06.09.10
Does this guy like Glee?

TMobotron
06.10.10
Wow. I'm always pretty entertained by your blog posts, and this one encouraged me to watch an episode (my mom and sister are watching it on DVD so I can pretty much sit in on an episode whenever). I'm a pretty open-minded person, but that was the biggest piece of faggotry I've ever witnessed.

Klekticist
06.10.10
Haha, I grinned at the use of "insipid" in this article. God, that's a great word.
"Chan's Plans #14: How I proposed (with Converge playing in the background)"
I lol'd.
Show's not bad, but I dislike TV in general.

R6Rider
06.10.10
Congrats dude.

PanasonicYouth
06.10.10
frank turner > million dead
don't be stupid

cirq
06.10.10
""glee rules fuck you emim"

No, no it does not."

123

Eclectic
06.14.10
The Gaga episode (unfortunately it only just aired in Australia) was really good as well.

I can't believe... I think I'm a Gleek. Oh the horror.

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