Sunday, August 10, 2008

Lionel Roy The Vinyl Boy


When I was in high school, there was a kid who would wear head-to-toe vinyl every single day. Pants, boots, hat, vest, jacket, gloves, sometimes even goggles. I spotted him so frequently that I felt I was doing him a disservice by continually referring to him as "that kid who wears head-to-toe vinyl every day," and so I dubbed him "Lionel Roy" for the simple reason that I could think of no other name that would rhyme with "Vinyl Boy." Eventually he stopped wearing vinyl, and I was, needless to say, very disappointed in him, and I even went so far as to write the lyrics to a tragic ballad on the subject, music provided by the then-boyfriend of one of my close pals. The song has since been lost in the sands of time (which is just as well, because my lyrics were pretty half-assed), and although I have contemplated a rewrite, for now, I think this similarly half-assed portrait will be a sufficient tribute to the boy who knew only of synthetic fabrics.

3 comments:

Shannon said...

Lionel Roy!

I miss that vinyl boy

ENDOZO said...

son of a bitch, tessa, you were going to give me lionel roy lyrics, REMEMBER??????? do it.

Emma

Tessa said...

When I write new ones! The original ones are unsatisfactory.