Wiggle, Wiggle

Lively discussions abound all over H&H this week on both posts concerning #45, and you can expect more fire soon from a new poster who is also an old soul. If you are just looking for the good word on #44, peep one, two, or buckle my shoe.

doodoo

Meanwhile, I have been meaning to say some words on music. Following a run of several really musically rich episodes, the soundtrack has backed off some. Though, as Shoals pointed out in his post and as was discussed in his comments, the whole Baltimore House discussion between Snoop and Chris provided some much-needed levity (albeit a kind of horrific levity) to #45. Not knowing the mechanics of the game as well as the show’s creators, I did find it odd that New York dealers would literally send their subordinates to slang on corners all the way down in Baltimore. Considering the animosity from corner to corner, being from another city would seem like a ridiculously unsafe liablity. Plus it’s just a long way to go.

scottie b

Baltimore house, though it’s gotten some good bumps in recognition and popularity recently, and even been the focus of some wild claims is still a relatively provincial style, akin to D.C.’s go-go scene, and no less nuts in terms of rivalries, drama, and of course excellent tunes. Plus, if you didn’t know, Slim Charles is in real life a huge go-go star. It was nice to see a nod to a style that is so important regionally on the show. On The Wire‘s music advisor Blake Leyh’s website, which is achingly under-updated, Blake does offer some terrific info on the Hamsterdam mixtapes, featuring some of the most vital artists in Baltimore right now, and of course the mixes being named after Bunny Colvin’s drug-town from the show is amazing in and of itself. And of course, there’s this sublime NYTimes article on Baltimore music by fellow Wire freak Caramanica that we somehow missed. Our bad.

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If for no other reason than the start of basketball season and the further deepening of the mysterious and insufferably indecipherable football season, I wonder when, if ever, the program will spend any more time thinking about sports. Sure, there was the great basketball face-off between Barksdale and Prop Joe, as well as some other smaller points, but when Colvin asks the corner boys (and girls) where they see themselves in ten years, and several respond with the predictable prophecy that they will be in the NBA, one wonders why we never see these kids, or equally the adults, discussing any pro sports, much less the home teams. Just food for thought. I realize there’s only 54 minutes or whatever each week, and a lot of lives to tackle before getting to small-talk, but it seems like sports might play a larger role in the day-to-day of our characters than what we see.

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11 Comments on “Wiggle, Wiggle”

  1. Shoals Says:

    i didn’t do a good enough job of asking simon about this, but my real curiosity has to do with just how much the sports system/systems are integrated into this whole mess. during the height of crackdom, city hoops was like one big neverending avon/prop joe classic, not to mention all the players who were also involved in the life. in season 1 we see avon dipping into the local blue chip prep talent, but is this an isolated interaction?

    interestingly, that episode was called “game day.”


  2. The students talk about Allen Iverson and the Sixers’ woes when Prezbo is trying to get them to do the word problem about driving to Philly.

  3. Tim A. Says:

    Outside of basketball, we also had McNulty and Bunk surface at an Orioles game during Season Three, and somewhere along the way Carcetti has lamented the suckitude of the O’s pitching staff.

  4. jetsetjunta Says:

    Thanks for the reminders and good looks on sports stuff. I suppose a lot of the wishes for the show to present more realism are foolhardy. The kids, for example, are not precisely like real kids, because that wouldn’t make for a very compelling dramatic program, although it would involve them talking about sports a whole lot more. Same goes for the police. Just a pang I get now and again for The Wire to represent a complete world. If I start writing fan fiction, someone smack me.

  5. shoals Says:

    wait, did any of the kids say they wanted to be rappers? do baltimore kingpins not put their money into artists like the rest of the world do?

  6. christycash Says:

    wire fan fiction is the future of the blog. god help us all.

  7. Gavrilo Says:

    During Season 3 Cutty and some of Avon’s guys comment on the Wes Unseld throwback jersey worn by a rival. In the ’60’s Unseld played on then-NBA team the Baltimore Bullets–symbolic! Frank Sobotka and friends discuss the old Colts during the second season.

    In “real life,” NBA phenom and Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony attracted attention for keeping it a little too real back in the old neighborhood. I’m disappointed this hasn’t come up on the show yet.

  8. Simonsbitch Says:

    Various kids have been spotted wearing the “don’t snitch” tee shirts at the center of the controversy. Plus, the kids talk all the time about snitching.

  9. Gavrilo Says:

    Simons, you have better eyes than I do for spotting the tee shirts. I would think that when basketball or Iverson came up somebody would mention Melo. But the show gives so much as it is I ought not ask for more.

  10. Shoals Says:

    one day i will interview melo about the wire.

  11. Gavrilo Says:

    Thanks in advance, Mr. Shoals. Will Season 6 cover Carcetti’s run for governor? No? Well, let a brother dream.


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