I guess when enough of the other guys die, Ringo Starr starts looking better and better.
(In truth, gentle reader, when I was a kid, Ringo was my hands down fave. Because I'm awesome.)
We know the romance is heading south when, later, young Tom holds up a Ringo album for her amusement -- and it's like she doesn't even get it.
Why Ringo, why now? Maybe it's that he represents the underdog on rock's ultimate winning team, and that he speaks to these rather loserish times (or at least loserish characters). Or maybe he's just a badass, finally getting his due.
Ringo, folks. He rocks.