Marc Hirsh

Marc Hirsh lives in the Boston area, where he indulges in the magic trinity of improv comedy, competitive adult four square and music journalism. He has won trophies for one of these, but refuses to say which.

He writes for the Boston Globe and has also been spotted on MSNBC and in the pages of Amplifier, the Nashville Scene, the Baltimore City Paper and Space City Rock, where he is the co-publisher and managing editor.

He once danced onstage with The Flaming Lips while dressed as a giant frog. It was very warm.

It's not hard to hear why "Basing Street" missed the cut for the original lineup of Labour of Lust. Nick Lowe's 1979 sophomore set — home of "Cruel to Be Kind," Lowe's one and only visit to the Top 40 — is raucous, funny and carnally minded, and "Basing Street," a B-side tacked onto the end of the recent reissue, is the opposite of all those things.

I'm the one watching Outsourced.

But first, a story. When I was a teenager, I used to hang out after school with a friend whose pantry was always well-stocked with Cool Ranch Doritos. I loathed Cool Ranch Doritos. Awful, horrid snacks. The problem was that if I ate one, I'd work my way through half the bag, complaining all the way how horrible they tasted. They never came around to being good, but for some reason, their wretchedness was compelling.