Monday, September 07, 2009

'Cupid ain't got shit on me'

A lengthy cash-point queue in Stoke Newington, 6pm on a Friday afternoon in early September. A good-looking 20 year-old guy in crisp street-wear is being told off by a woman who seems to be his older sister: she’s wearing a business suit and a disapproving expression, probably in her late 20s.

Girl: you need to sort it out and stop treating her like this...
Boy: pshh... I don’t need to sort anything out. She knows wha gwan.
Girl: you make me ashamed, haven’t you heard of romance?
Boy [kicking heels, hands in pockets]: Ha. Whatever. That stuff is bullshit.
Girl: haven’t you ever heard of Romeo and Juliet?
Boy [petulantly]: yes. So what? She knows wha gwan, that’s the end of it.
Girl: haven’t you heard the story of St Valentine?
Boy [who clearly hasn’t]: ... yes. Whatever. What’s that got to do with me?
Girl: you need to fix up. Haven’t you heard of Valentine? Well?
Boy [getting fed up with this, still kicking his heels]: ...
Girl: don’t you know about Romeo? Hmm?
Boy [looking up, having seized upon a comeback]: yeah but listen, you know what? You know what happened to Romeo? He got killed over that shit. He died! He was a fucking idiot.

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The-Dream’s ‘Love Vs Money’ finally, finally comes out in the UK on 28 September. It's been the album of the year for about six months already, whatever guys at cash-points in Stokey might think. Watch out for an interview with the latter-day ATL legend by Alex Macpherson in The Guardian soon.

3 Comments:

Blogger Andy said...

^^ That has to be among the best conversations I've ever read.

11:54 PM  
Blogger dan hancox said...

ha :)

since someone has already asked, i think it behoves me to point out this actually happened, as well - this isn't a fictionalised imagining of a conversation that might be related to 'love vs money'..

out to the people talking loudly about their personal lives in cash-point queues.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Nah I got that, it def had that ring of truth to the phrasing of it. I love when you overhear these little random snatches of other people's lives. One of the perks of living in the city I reckon.
'She knows wha gwan, that's the end of it' is such a fantastic line, will have to find an opportunity to use that one. :)

5:00 PM  

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