Sunday, May 1, 2011
from youtube comments section
1. I remember the 1st time I heard this. I had been to a late night film on a date one night. The date went terrible, but thats another story. Anyway, I got in a taxi and it was a young guy driving, a little older then me and we gradually drove through the city. We saw loads of scantily clad young girls and beered up louts falling about amoung the pubs, and the driver started cussing and we eventually got into this long conversation about the state of the country etc etc.
2. I was worried he might go a bit Travis Bickle on me! But eventually he asked if I liked DJ Shadow. "Never heard of him" I replied. So he wacked Endtroducing on and we listened in silence and we made our way accross the city. Its fantastic to listen to late at night. I bought the album the next day. Loved it. Still do. Over the next few months, I always used the same guy whenever I needed a Taxi and we became DJ Shadow friends together.
3. A year or so later, we went to see him live for his In Tune & On Time tour and it blew my mind again. My taxi driver friend died a few days later when he was assaulted on his late shift. They stole everything except his Endtroducing album, as it was still playing in the CD player. 6 years later, and I'm married and a whole new life is going on. My wife works late nights sometimes, and when I have to drive across town to pick her up, I wack this on & have a moment thinking about my old friend