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Jukebox FAIL

Does any one else lament the loss of the old fashioned jukebox? It doesn't have to be a Fonzie Happy Days jukebox that plays 45's. All I'm asking for is a jukebox with a limited number of CD's, handpicked by somebody. Mike and I explored a few new bars over the weekend, and I was increasingly irritated about the number of bars with internet jukeboxes. First of all, it's too many choices (any song you'd ever want..except for the Beatles). Secondly, you don't learn anything about a new place from an internet jukebox. I like to go into a bar and check out the jukebox...it gives you an idea of the mindset of the clientele. A lot of bars in Stevens Point had tons of the polkas on the jukebox (some of them in Polish). I could tell right away I wasn't going to hang out in those places very long! I haven't been in the Harmony Bar lately...but I always loved that the jukebox included CD's from bands who played the Harmony. So you might hear a Robbie Fulks tune followed up by something from Honor Among Thieves. You're probably not going to hear that combination on any internet jukebox. One of the bars we tried for the first time this weekend was was the Jade Monkey, at the corner of Cottage Grove Road and Monona Drive. They still had a jukebox that included CD's...and when I told the bartender that I was happy to see it, he told me that he works at another bar that has an internet jukebox. Because there's an option that lets you pay more to hear your song next, he's seen fights break out because people pay their money and think they're never going to hear their song! I don't think I'd ever resort to fisticuffs over this issue...but I do hope that internet jukeboxes are just a passing fad.

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