First of all, let’s note that in the last week, we had TWO DJs whose names are a tribute to AC/DC. What is it about those Aussies? True story: when I was a freshman in college (long before cameraphones or digital cameras or anything that would easily allow me to upload photographic evidence for you), I traveled to Louisville, KY to meet up with a friend and attend an all ages Yo La Tengo show. When we arrived, the marquee at the Toy Tiger (which was a natty tiger sipping a martini) proclaimed: YO LA TENGO/HELL’S BELLES AC/DC TRIBUTE. My 18-year-old self, who was still a bit of an indie shit, was horrified at the thought that my precious Hoboken trio was having to share a bill with, as it turned out, an all lady tribute band that was playing in an adjoining space right before the night’s main event: mud wrestling. My 35-year-old self of present day, for the record, would have definitely found a way to see all three.
ANYWAY. Back to Wednesday night, where we saw DJ Chelles Belles make a triumphant return to the studio with a playlist so polished, so rockin’, so cool that she was kind of like if the tiger from the Toy Tiger had hopped onstage with Helles Belles AND Yo La Tengo. (FULL CIRCLE, Y’ALL.) When we asked DJ Chelles Belles if she had anything to say about her mix, she initially replied that it was “inspired by…nothing!” Now, as we all well know, Jerry Seinfeld was able to milk that concept for nine seasons.
But one look at our DJ’s phone case made it clear what ACTUALLY served as the inspiration for this playlist: the one, the only Ron Swanson.
Sure, he might not SEEM like the most obvious muse for Dance Dance Party Party. He’s a bit of a loner (“When people get a little too chummy with me I like to call them by the wrong name to let them know I don’t really care about them.”). He has difficulty accessing his feelings (“Crying: acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon.”). And perhaps most horrifyingly of all, he doesn’t like cats (“Any dog under fifty pounds is a cat and cats are useless.”)!
But as any fan of Parks & Recreation knows, underneath that mustache and bravado lies the heart of a true dancer. I have to imagine if he’d been in the studio last week, this is the REAL Ron Swanson we would’ve seen:
Behold the playlist that would’ve had Ron Swanson losing his tiny hat!