…I’ll pay you at another tiiiiiiiiiiime.
Who are we kidding? That dude’s not paying you back. If he were into things like paying people back, he’d have a job, not a band.
There are good musicians to date (accordion players) and there are bad musicians to date (all the rest of them) but, just like any other study in stereotypes, the bad ones generally stick out the most.
The one thing guy musicians have in common is that you will always, always, always come second in their lives. Get used to it. Your smile’s got nothing on bright lights and a roar of applause from strangers. Nothing.
If he were given the opportunity to play a show in front of 10,000 people, but it would require him to amputate one of your toes and then eat it in front of you, guess who’s about to have only nine toes? He will yell, “Thanks for the snack, babe!” as he runs down the hall from his dressing room to the stage. You will hobble on a tiny bloody stump. The next day he will be annoyed that you now walk so slowly, and will loudly sigh when you ask him to slow down.
A musician will refuse to call you his “girlfriend” unless you let him move in with you. If he hasn’t moved in yet (which would be surprising seeing as he’s homeless), you will instead be referred to as “I don’t like labels. Can’t we just hang out and have sex at my leisure?”
Him calling you his “girlfriend”, by the way, does not imply exclusivity. “Girlfriend” is more equivalent to “Benefactor”. He will absolutely still have sex with other women. He’ll have sex with you, too, but you’ll also have the good fortune of being the one he chooses to put gas in his car, food in his belly, and clothes on his back. Lucky you.
So he gets it on in the bathroom at the bar with some random skank? Big deal! Don’t you get it? His passionate soul can’t be tied down, baby! The heart (dong/ego) wants what it wants.
He will say, “Mmm-non-mon-pom-wall” and you will say, “What?” Then he will spit out another woman’s underwear from his mouth and say, “It’s nothing personal!” Then he will ask you to wash the underwear along with the rest of his laundry.
As the girlfriend, the only way to prevent such things from happening is to make sure you attend every single show his band plays. Because if you ain’t there when he walks off the stage, trust me, there will be plenty of girls who will be. Even if it’s on a Tuesday night at 1:00am, it’s a three hour drive away, and you have to be at work the next day at 7:00am. Even if your best friend is marrying a British royal and you’ve been invited to be in the wedding party. Doesn’t matter. Your ass better be there at whatever shitty bar he’s playing in Lakeland, Florida on a Tuesday night. Your devotion and paranoia will be rewarded by maybe not getting an STD.
If you have a problem with any of the above, you are “uptight” and you “don’t understand” him. If you actually break up with him over it, he will tell everyone that you “went psycho” on him.
Here’s a handy tip sheet to help you make an informed decision the next time you’re thinking, “Oh my god – he was totally staring at me through that whole last song! Damn he’s hot! Should I give him my phone number?”
Narcissistic Personality Disorder I mean, Singer: The worst, worst, worst. Master of the Gaslight, Keeper of The Ego. No one can convince you they’re madly in love you, then have sex with your sister, then make YOU apologize for it, then convince you to give them $300 for their car payment better than those guys can. I’ve known many smart, level-headed people who have been reduced to insecure, suicidal wrecks at the hands of the singer. Stay away! These guys propose to you within a week, and fall desperately in love with you – for about two months. Then it’s onto the next one. Do a Google search for “love bombing”. Expect to find a large cache of John Mayer photos. Then he’ll be like, “I really consider myself a guitar player…” Shut up. We all know that you can actually play. We get it.
And, yes, I was a singer. And an asshole. I get the irony.
Lead Guitar Player: Requires an incredible amount of patience. Your relationship will consist of listening to him play scales, pretending not to notice that he’s stealing all your skinny jeans, and riding on his bike handlebars to buy him McDonald’s. He uses the words “LITERALLY!” to describe anything that is not literal, to the point that you will eventually start to involuntarily cringe when he says it. Also, he is approximately as smart as a potato chip, but he will tell you that he’s “street smart”. Also, he is not street smart.
Rhythm Guitar Player: Generally easy-going, but is pretty sure he’d rather be the lead guitar player, and needs constant reassurance that he’s as good/needed as the lead guitar player. You will come to recognize the sound of skateboard wheels on your driveway as him arriving for dinner, and gentle sobbing as the sound of him falling asleep on your futon, clutching a photo of Stone Gossard from Pearl Jam. He owns either a ferret or a snake, but never both. He gets haircuts regularly, which is good, but only because his mother still pays for it. He is 35.
Bass Player: Do you do drugs? Would you like to? Date a bass player. He’ll only charge you for your half, oh, and his half. The sound of a car door slamming and “Later, Grandma!” is your cue that he’s already eaten dinner before he arrived at your house, so now it’s time to smoke a bowl and watch some Adult Swim in his “crazy” boxer shorts. Do not let this man bring pewter figurines into your house or you will never get rid of him. He will pull out his Wizard Pocket Constitution and tell you that, legally speaking, a pewter wizard can’t be evicted until thirty days’ notice has been properly served. He will ruin your clothes dryer with the 24-sided dice that he forgot to take out of his wide-legged jeans.
Drummer: You have to question anyone’s motives for wanting to lug all that crap around and beat on it for hours at a time. Perhaps he’s angry? But he also wants to sit? Sitting and being angry? What a coincidence! That’s exactly what you’ll be doing the whole time you’re dating him. His ass smells terrible. Like really, gut-punchingly terrible. So bad that you store a dead buzzard in the laundry hamper to kill the smell. He has a car, but he also lives in it, so at least you can kill rent money and gas money with one never-paid-back-loan-stone if you’re hesitant to let him (and his piles of crap) move in.
This is what happens when you let that happen:
Keyboard Player: Only if you can handle hours of stories about how he totally pwn3d all the noobz at computer camp when he was a teenager with his savant-like knowledge with regard to the more obscure works of Philip Glass. If you’re into that scene, then please go forth and propagate with this man, and spare the rest of the world from his wiener. You’d be taking one for the team, really, and someday your eventual spawn will probably be smart enough to crack enemy computer codes or something, or at least come up with wireless ear buds that don’t look like Ben Stiller’s ear in that scene from “There’s Something About Mary”. You know which scene. Don’t make me spell it out.
Any Musician Who Takes Off His Shirt Onstage: Gross. Just gross. Nobody wants to see your weird spoon-chest, Topher.
Guys Named Christopher Who Call Themselves “Topher”: Musician or not – just say no.