While the negatives of growing up with a name like "Sean Bugg" are plentiful -- "Get the Raid!," etc. -- the plus has always been my uniqueness. You don't run into a Bugg every day. Well, unless you live in Fredonia, Ky., but other than that you really don't run into a Bugg every day. I took comfort as a child when I heard that studies showed that people with unusual names tended to be more successful, I assume because they're easier to remember. I am the Bugg! The Bugg stands alone!
And I'm betting this other Sean Bugg was probably thinking the same thing. I never thought I would see my name in an feature story about crunk, and I'm betting that, if he hasn't seen it yet, he never expected to see his name atop a shitload of big gay web pages. I am, of course, glad I got around to claiming the domain name first.
Now, I assume that those of you with more common names -- the Susan Bakers and John Blackburns and Jason Scotts and Emily Williams -- see your name in a story that's not about you, notice it for a moment, and move on. Being more solipsistic, I can't read an article that mentions my name without thinking "How weird! That's, like, me but it's not me! Freaky!" And trying to picture myself in this conversation just blows my mind:
Dho and Flash offer the advice because--much like The Away Team--early '90s Boston trio House of Pain was known for its partying proclivities and big-fun, not-so-serious hooks. Bugg couldn't disagree more.
"I don't want us to be labeled like that," Bugg says defensively.
"But that is what you're about, B," says Dho, now looking at Bugg.
Suddenly, it gets loud. It's obvious that this is about more than a mid-set sample and that it's been brewing for some time.
Bugg accuses Dho of trying to tamper with what he wants The Away Team to be, but Dho maintains he's just trying to help pique the interest of a target audience. Bugg is accusing Dho of watching too few Away Team sets to know what works, but Dho defends himself by explaining that he's seen enough to know. Bugg thinks that using "Who Shot Ya" from Notorious B.I.G.'s posthumous third album gets the crowd going, but Dho thinks that the sample is ridiculous.
"Look Bugg, onstage, you're a white guy, an Asian guy and a black guy. No one is going to believe that," Dho yells. "You're not going to fucking shoot anyone."
"But that's not the point. The crowd is responding, man," Bugg counters.
Now picture that story coming out of this face:
Yeah. I just scream crunk. And I really need to get back to the gym. Yikes.
Anyway, there's a whole crop of new Sean Buggs out there, and they're completely screwing with my ego-googling. And I'm sure they're quite surprised to find out that, in addition to being NASCAR loving Bush voters, they're also gay amateur tennis players with HIV prevention experience who review cars and edit gay magazines while dabbling in videogames. You're just not as unique as you thought.