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Guilty Pleasures: Beavis and Butthead

I will defend the televisual merits and sociological insight of King of the Hill to anyone. I may even write a serious, academically-informed study of the show someday (I’m open to advances and expressions of interest from publishers).

However, I’m more reluctant – particularly in polite company – to try justifying my pleasure in King of the Hill creator Mike Judge‘s first foray into TV animation, Beavis and Butthead. But despite my embarrassment at the pleasure Beavis and Butthead still give me, I frequently forget myself and follow their lead, reworking the chorus of Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law” to suit some task I happen to be engaged in – such as washing the dog:

This works even better for “walking the dog, walking the dog” – and that, with sung guitar riffs, rather than some high pitched “walkies,” is how my dog knows it’s time for a constitutional.

Of course, like Messieurs B and B, I sometimes find occasion to use the original lyrics unmodified:

Now that I come to think of it, I suppose I would have to include the original Judas Priest song as another guilty pleasure. You can listen and watch along with Beavis and Butthead on YouTube.

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  1. […] Judas Priest “Breaking the Law” Video Earlier, confessing to my love of King of the Hill, I mentioned the video for the Judas Priest song […]

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Oh - and hello to Jason Isaacs.

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.


What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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