Terry (The Probably Drunk and Definitely Angry Stewardess)

July 10, 2008 7:36 AM

Song about an unreasonably angry stewardess. Everyone's written one of these.

On a recent flight home from vacation we encountered a super annoyed stewardess. I don’t know that my asking her for the entire can of seltzer was the tipping point, but it certainly was the point at which I became the object of her naked hostility. Clearly there was something going on with her. I don’t know if it was alcohol, job dissatisfaction, or just a bad day. But to me she seemed “on the edge”. She had a bit of the “crazy eyes” if you know what I mean. (I’ll stop putting things in quotes now.) I should point out that this story may be entirely made up as well. (That last point was inserted by the Sugar Fix legal department.) Hope you like.

Terry (The Probably Drunk and Definitely Angry Stewardess), by Sugar Fix

posted by hillelc (6 comments total)

Wow, that's the catchiest waitress hatchet job I've ever heard.
posted by COBRA! at 9:03 AM on July 10, 2008

Funny stuff. I approve of this use of songwriting talent!

As with the other songs you've posted, the arrangement here is really top notch. I especially love the endings of the lines in the verse ("why-ee-ay-ee-ay").

More please!
posted by danb at 4:44 PM on July 10, 2008

Hmm. I kind of liked this song, for it's melody and production, harmonies, performance; but I was kinda put off by the content. I'm Canadian and thanks to the Barenaked Ladies, I have an almost Pavlovian hate of gimmicky, cute novelty/parody songs.
But then I perused the rest of your songs, which all have the same LOCKED IN 1977 kind of thing going, perfectly arranged and orchestrated for that vibe...and either you are a genius or I am way too drunk right now or it's really cheesy...I don't know. But I like it. And the dilemma is that I think I would be crushed if I found out that you're doing it ironically.
posted by chococat at 8:00 PM on July 10, 2008

I feel the same way chococat. Its almost a reflexive "gasp, barenaked ladies" thing when I hear his songs, but I keep it playing and the sheer sincerity (or insincerity?) of hillelc's songs always makes listening worthwhile.

Keep it up dude you seem to be onto something that works for you. I have a feeling that you would keep it up regardless, and maybe that's what I like.
posted by dobie at 8:30 PM on July 10, 2008

@chococat: Is it possible that I am a genius and you are way too drunk right now and my music is really cheesy? :)

As for both your comments (@chococat and @dobie): I'm really not trying to write novelty/jokey songs. I think of these songs as genuine expressions of me... I also think they have a sense of humor. (It was only after I first listened to Coulton that I realized you could write real music that had a sense of humor.) The lyrics are all about things I really think about or have happened to me (e.g. the waitresses name really was Terry, and it was a flight from Mexico to Seattle in March.) And as for the music... well... it's just what comes out. I swear I'm not aiming for anything in particular... I just kind of have a certain taste and I try to get the songs as close to what I find enjoyable as possible.

Bottom line, I'm not nearly talented enough to do any of this stuff on purpose.

We'll see what you think of the next post. It's an older song so it has no sense of humor. :)
posted by hillelc at 9:25 PM on July 10, 2008

Well, if you are not talented enough to do it on purpose, you are talented enough that something very well defined comes out. I haven't heard your other songs, I think (I've had little time as of lately and I'm only catching up now), but this sounds like it was very well taken to its natural conclusion.
posted by micayetoca at 8:59 PM on July 12, 2008

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