Some of you were not alive in 1994, which means the following post might be nonsensical. To be fair, neither was I—not in a way that involved any agency past deciding what Power Ranger was my favorite, at least. But through the gauzy remembrances of VH1 clip shows past, I am at least aware of what Kato Kaelin means to the American consciousness, first as a B-list actor, but largely as a minor witness in the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Aside from having an instantly memorable name, he’s also infamous for being an affectless slacker, one whose shambolic testimony for or against his former pal Simpson eventually had him declared a hostile witness.
If you don’t know automatically who Kato Kaelin is and what he means, it’s really not important to explain it—it involves a priori recognition born of a very long memory, and a very strange thought process. But for those of you who do recognize him, you’ll find it inexplicably funny that he tweeted from last night’s Grimes show in Los Angeles, apparently as drawn to the deathless groove of “Oblivion” as any of us might be. Apropos of nothing, it’s a beautiful reminder of music’s possibility to connect across generations—more than that, it’s a perfect bit of bloggable content: eminently goofy and easily digestible with a knowing wink toward everything this means, allowing that everything can mean anything. God is great.