It's time to celebrate the uncelebrated. Nothing fancy this week -- the +5 is simply Five Things That Are Way Underrated.
Volvo station wagons
I'm sure I've gone on about this in some previous post, but it bears repeating: A Volvo turbo wagon is the ultimate car. It'll hold you and four of your friends and a fair amount of stuff, it's as safe as a bank vault, and its bricklike, family-car styling is in fact its unique ace in the hole. The V70 T5 will go from 0 to 60 in right around seven seconds and top out at more than 150 mph, but to the average cop in the median, it looks like you're just another suburbanite picking up the kids from soccer class; they're more likely to pull over a Corvette loafing along at 80 than they are to pull you over doing 95. It's the ultimate stealth vehicle.
Pabst Blue Ribbon
My friend Brian calls me a "beer snob" because every time he sees me I'm drinking some exotic imported brew. It's not that I'm a snob; I don't insist on drinking something rare or expensive, I just like trying new things. And there's no way I can be a beer snob in the first place, because I actually, sincerely like PBR. It's got a hell of a lot more flavor than Coors, and sometimes, when you're in a country-and-western dive in Nashville or a barbecue joint in Birmingham where there are peanut shells all over the floor, it's just something you've got to have. Not to mention the fact that Dennis Hopper is a big fan.
"Lord of War"
This movie didn't get a whole lot of attention when it came out in 2005, which is surprising, since it's one of only about four or five decent movies Nicolas Cage has been in in the last decade. But it's thought-provoking, funny in a dark and cynical kind of way, and in some scenes, downright amazing to look at (I'm thinking in particular of the scene in which Cage lands a cargo plane full of illegal arms on a dirt road in Africa and then proceeds to give away an entire planeload of guns -- and, eventually, the plane itself -- to passersby).
I'm thinking of the state in general here, not the football team, which isn't exactly lacking in rated-ness at the moment. People like to dog West Virginia for being full of hillbillies or "Deliverance" country (just FYI, that movie was filmed in Georgia, unfortunately), but every time I've been there (my grandparents retired out there a few years back) I've been impressed at how nice and hospitable the people are. I totaled a car on a winding mountain road near Petersburg not long after I graduated from college, and I still owe the Upper Tract Volunteer Fire Department a debt of thanks for giving me a ride back to civilization and taking care of me until my grandparents could come and retrieve me. There are certain states I don't mind making fun of, obviously, but West By God Virginia isn't one of them.
If you live ITP (inside the perimeter) in Atlanta, it's kind of assumed that you're one of those hip, urbane types who hangs out at exotic ethnic restaurants and indie coffee shops and wouldn't be caught dead at a chain establishment. I tried to live up to that stereotype, but my friend Kristen and I had one shameful weakness -- Chili's. They didn't have a single one inside 285, as far as we knew, but that didn't stop us from trucking on up to Dunwoody once in a while and stuffing our pieholes with Southwestern egg rolls and peppercorn burgers. Oh, so good . . . and I know someone's going to come on here and leave a comment like, "Oh, dude, I used to work at Chili's, it's so nasty, one time a guy accidentally dropped a couple boneless buffalo wings in the toilet but he just fished them out and served them," but save it, if lovin' Chili's is wrong I don't want to be right. I'll admit I don't know how well it stacks up to Flingers, but I know it's way better than Tchotchke's.
And now the Ten:
1. Eric B. & Rakim, "Don't Sweat the Technique"
2. The Farm, "Golden Vision"
3. Radiohead, "Lucky"
4. RUN-D.M.C. and Aerosmith, "Walk This Way"
5. Underworld, "Cups"
6. Pet Shop Boys, "So Hard" (David Morales Red Zone mix)
7. The Beastie Boys, "Sure Shot"
8. Pet Shop Boys, "To Face the Truth"
9. Depeche Mode, "Policy of Truth"
10. Peppermint Bradley, "Loaded"
Your turn to put your own Ten, and further sing the unsung, in the comments.