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Old 08-18-2017, 09:32 PM
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Default Chuck E. Cheese will be dead and none of you made a thread

This is a sad day for family restaurant-exclusive animal bands.

Listen to these touching words by Father John Misty. (Source)

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I typically don't eulogize over social media, but the shock and sadness I feel over losing this artist compelled me to humbly offer a few words in rememberence...

I started having birthdays at a very, very young age. As was the custom in pre-suburban Maryland, at the behest of my parents a dozen or so friends from school and church would join us at Chuck E. Cheese for pizza, games of skill and various proto-gambling amusements followed by gifts, cake, what have you.

Having been a professional musician for a few years now, I can appreciate firsthand not only the strain of trying to sustain a flow of creativity for so long but the rigorous, pretty unexotic feat of physical endurance just getting through a few hundred shows a year, plus all the travel, is. When I consider that this motherfucker was playing up to 5 sets a night all over the country simultaneously i am reminded that, yes, it can be done, and that just by getting on that stage every night and leaving everything up there, I am part of lineage, of a collective imagination that spans the generations. How he maintained that smile on his face, playing so consistently and with such little flash (even though I'm sure some nights he just wanted to stretch out and make it all about himself) is beyond me. Don't forget: this man's middle name was literally "Entertainment".

None of this, however, has anything to do with why I fell in love with this mans playing. Chuck was an interpreter. He didn't write much, outside of his seminal "Happy Birthday" but neither did Frank fucking Sinatra. Like Sinatra, Chuck wasn't "the best". But he had a style, and style cannot be taught; something we tend to forget in this era of manufactured pop stars. Max Martin would've had nothing to do with Cheese. He was a little thick around the waste, and certainly refused to change with protean fads in the culture.
He was never political, but he didn't need to be. Neoliberalism had just left the think tanks and had been deployed in service of combatting the rampant stagflation that had bedeviled the economy of the 70's. Chuck embodied the American ideal of the time while presaging the alternative currencies that we'd see 30 years later.

This man introduced me to music. Though the world may have moved on, the music remains.

Goodbye Chuck Entertainment Cheese
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:35 PM
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I didn't make a thread because my heart was buried with Showbiz Pizza.
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:42 PM
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If I'm reading the article right, it sounds like robots are losing their jobs to people, instead of the other way around. Considering the current plans by Uber and airlines to phase out human drivers and pilots, I'd say this was a positive move.

I do remember the Chuck E. Cheese actor who was at the restaurant I visited when I was just... I dunno, eight? He seemed to be a rather surly fellow, swatting the children with his giant rat tail. Hopefully they'll be getting better employees inside those costumes.
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:47 PM
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Old 08-18-2017, 10:22 PM
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My heart breaks for Charles Entertainment Cheese.
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Old 08-18-2017, 10:24 PM
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If I'm reading the article right, it sounds like robots are losing their jobs to people, instead of the other way around.
It's time.


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Old 08-19-2017, 11:13 AM
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Don't give a fuck (E. Cheese)
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:06 PM
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Wait... Entertainment is what the E stands for!?

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Old 08-20-2017, 04:49 PM
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End of an era, I guess!

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Old 08-23-2017, 12:25 PM
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Man, after the Five Nights at Freddy's games you would think people would be dying to see the 'bots.

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Old 08-28-2017, 03:45 PM
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Preach.
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:37 AM
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Everything about showbiz pizza was the stuff of nightmares, that I can tell.
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:43 AM
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As long as fear lives in the hearts of man, Charles Entertainment Cheese will never die.
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Old 09-02-2017, 10:36 AM
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Chuck E Cheese's was the first place I ever tried Hawaiian Pizza. It was pretty good.
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Old 09-03-2017, 09:37 AM
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The last time I went there was as a kid in the late 80s. Some friends of mine and our moms went. There was a maze that kids could get through more easily than my mom (who felt she needed to follow us to keep us safe) could, arcade games and skee ball. Seeing a friend of mine decline pepperoni on his pizza was the first time I learned about Jewish dietary restrictions. The robot singers didn't work and had a technician trying to fix them.

Have any of you gone there more recently?
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