117 — IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas

Image of Chuck Klosterman's essay collection entitled "IV". Image depicts a bearded man-baby in a blue sweater, baggy jeans, and red and white Air Force One sneakers by Nike.

It had to happen eventually: The world turns, the back issues pile up, and the opinions, the opinions just have to find release, and no place has more opinions per page than the oeuvre of Mr. Chuck Klosterman, as evidenced by the fairly representative collection hilariously named after a Led Zeppelin album, IV.

From the magazine rack to the record store, this Chuck Tract drops truth bombs you probably aren’t ready to handle, so it’s a good thing we’re here with you to dilute the intensity of a middle-aged white guy strenuously telling you “That thing you already like? it’s good, and you’re good for liking it already.” So dig out your Ratt tapes, dust off your remote, and get ready for a long, long episode discussing the living embodiment of the Onion article about the guy at the bar who’s a little too into Stevie Ray Vaughn. If you’re the kind of person who says “pop culture takes? HELL YEAH HOOK THAT SHIT TO MY VEINS”, then this IV might just be for you.

NOTE: F Plus Live 7 (!) approacheth! Get you there!

NOTE TWO: We mention a couple of Scharpling & Wurster bits that probably encapsulate Klosty better than he does. Here are a few: Rock, Rot, & Rule (on absurd Record Store Dudepinions) (for which also see: The Music Scholar); Pudge (on endless fearful, trembling hedging, available maybe only on the Box Set); and Terrence from Billyburg (on an early sort of irony damage and inability to develop new interests after the age of majority, available here at May 27, 2013).

EDITOR’S NOTE [JWF]: While editing this show, I googled the lyrics to The Smiths’ “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” and discovered that neither “perhaps” NOR “maybe” are used in the song — the actual lyric is “BUT that joke isn’t funny anymore.” So, now that I’ve written this, if you write in to correct us about this tiny piece of music trivia, I can safely assume that you are not reading the show notes and that you are also probably also Chuck Klosterman.



  • “You Talk Too Much” by Run-D.M.C.
  • “Get in the Ring” by Guns N’ Roses
  • “There’s Nothing Wrong with Hating Rock Critics” by of Montreal