Seems I am not the only one who likes a little moan. I recently read on Stickboy that he is less than impressed with the music being played in some bars. – A subject close to my heart and one that I have written about many times in the past.
The beef? Well, my beef is with the bars that play that horrid Issaan music. Or any Thai music come to that. The patrons are not Thai, they didn’t come to listen to that and It’s not as if it’s nice on the ears is it?
There is the (weak) argument that if it makes the girls happy – then that’s a good thing and in turn, that’ll make the punters happy?
No. I don’t agree. Every time I have been in a bar where they whack on a set of Thai music, every Thai starts jumping around, singing and generally going nuts with EACH OTHER. They don’t even notice there are Farangs in the place.
Mandarin have got it right. Next to the stage they have a big bucket of what I can only assume is cheapest, nastiest booze they could find – with about 50 straws. The girls get drunk. They’re happy, the punters are happy. At no point are everyone’s ears assaulted.
But let’s not beat up on the bar owners too much for the music. Gogo’s are different – as they have some Thai DJ who plays the shite music that he and all his Thai mates are into. When it comes to a small bar – its not so easy to please.
You can please all of the people some of the time or some of the people all of the time. Casting my mind back to the Mango days – there was a particular group of people that I remember. Always bitching about the music.
First they asked us to move a speaker – as it was above the table which they liked to sit at. So we did. Soon after they switched tables and complained the music was too close to their ears.
At the Mango we had the usual Rock/Pop collection of CD’s. They’d moan everytime a song came on they didn’t like. Eventually I asked one of them to give me a list of music they liked and I’d make up a playlist for them. I was nice like that.
The guys response was (and I quote) “It’s not my job”!! Brilliant. There I am trying to please him by playing music he likes – but am told I more or less had to read his mind to find out what he liked?!
From then on – I made a point of ignoring them. All I had to do was stay away from the bar during happy hour or when there was a promotion on so as not to bump into the cheap charlie peasants. I still see them about soi 4. Hanging out in Happy Hour bars where they are not acknowledged by anyone. Serves them right. I could go on for hours about those expats who barely survive in Thailand . Buying fake crap and selling it on eBay. These people are losers.
Another peeve I have (and I need to be careful so as not to offend some friends) is the people that wear those Amulets – when they are clearly not Thai or Buddhist.
There is a guy at work who has one round his neck. He was married back in the UK.. got divorced, got some money, got old and then got a Thai bride. Fair enough. He’s happy, but why have this thing hanging round his neck?
I asked him. “I wear it to keep the wife happy” was his response. This made me dislike him even more. Nob. I am sure there are many things that he wife would like him to do – which he doesn’t. Lose weight, stop fucking around, stop speaking pigeon English, stop being a dick…etc… he doesn’t pay any attention to those requests.
No.. the only reason these guys wear this stuff is because they think it makes them interesting and Thai’s respect them – which they don’t. There is no other reason. I don’t buy this ‘it brings me luck’ crap – as that’s false and to be honest – total fantasy. I’ve not met one person who is in a good place right now who can lay claim to the fact the soppy piece of gold around their neck brought them luck.
I am however open to anybody explaining how this luck thing is real. I’d like them to explain how these bring ‘good luck’ – when almost every car/van/truck in Thailand that was involved in a fatal crash had been blessed or had some kind of religious Charm in there somewhere.
If that’s good luck – you can keep it.