Sunday, June 01, 2014

I'd rather live in Yuba City than in Pittsburgh, PA

I just can't pass this one up.  Trib has a piece looking back at Pittsburgh's #1 showing in the Places Rated Almanac of 1985, and the corresponding last place showing of...  Yuba City. See: Point Breeze artist shows another side of least-livable town.

The story is actually about a conceptual art piece focusing on Yuba City by local artist Hyla Willis: America's Least Livable City at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. As alluded to in the article, for sure the greater Yubian world took great umbrage at their low ranking and Pittsburgh's top spot.  So from the archives here is this little song, which is what some proud Yuba City folks came up with in response to their Placed Rated results that year.


I’d rather live in Yuba City by 90 Proof Country (circa 1985)

We saw it on the news
Yuba City was the worst
And then they said that Pittsburgh somehow came in first
To wonder how it happened.
They didn’t come and ask us.
Seems like Rand McNally got their head up their Atlas

It Seems like Rand McNally got lost in all their facts
And they didn’t come to visit when they gave us the ax
They said they got statistics in making their defense
But when they wrote their book they should have some common sense

I’d rather live in Yuba City than in Pittsburgh, PA
I’d rather smell the peaches than the urban decay
I’d rather have the sunshine than a blizzard every day
I’d rather live in Yuba City than in Pittsburgh, PA

You can get rich with fiction, providing some tall tale
And some folks will do anything just to make a sell
But it takes the biggest moron on this planet earth.....
..to say that we’re the worst place and then say that it’s research

Now Pittsburgh is an OK town, if you like industrial waste
And the humid hot summers just turns that smog to paste
And if you get mugged and beaten up while waiting for your bus,
just read your Rand McNally and don’t go blaming us.

I’d rather live in Yuba City than in Pittsburgh, PA
I’d rather smell the peaches than the urban decay
I’d rather have the sunshine than a blizzard every day
I’d rather live in Yuba City than in Pittsburgh, PA
I’d rather live in Yuba City than in Pittsburgh, PA

***

If you have read this far, you deserve to hear the actual audio of the song.  Of course many here still remember WTAE's triumphant version for us:




7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the record, maybe Rand McNally was onto something. I know Briem will complain that these are non-seasonally adjusted, raw numbers. But Yuba City's unemployment rate in April? 14.5% Pittsburgh? 4.7% Of course Wiz will quickly chime in that has nothing to do with business climate and everything to do with shale. Right Wiz?

Monday, June 02, 2014 9:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But, my goodness, that WTAE video is awful, while that Yuba City tune is kinda catchy.

Monday, June 02, 2014 9:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa - that distortive lens on the Rah-Rah video.

that's something

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 1:01:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

that distortive lens on the Rah-Rah video.

Indeed, we are our own worst marketers.

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