1. A "punk" was originally a tramp's young homosexual companion. In other words, a rent boy
with no ethics.
It then mutated in meaning, via an insult connoting the same, to become a term for a ruffian (mid 20th century). It was in this sense it was used in Punk Rock
from 1976 onwards.
2. TRUE: Someone who does what he or she wants because they like doing it, and not giving a fuck about what other people think.
3. FALSE: Someone who can't think for themselves, so imitates people from category 2 above, in an attempt to look kewl
1. Punk was the English term for the French Apache
- see George Orwell
's Down & Out in Paris and London for details.
2. The most truly Punk thing that Johnny Rotten
did was to quit the Sex Pistols
and form PIL
were fake punks, who have now thankfully split up.
1. (Original meaning) "Sacred" - something too sacred in fact for it to be allowed to be profaned by the common people.
2. The exact opposite of Sacred - something that is too profane for the common herd!
1. Village Elder: don't desecrate the shrine, it's taboo.
2. Moron: 'Ere, don't you be talking about incest or bestiality, it's taboo!
Prime Minister of UK 1990 - 97. Politically a failure really. His achievements include:
- in 1992 he totally fucked the economy with the the ERM debacle;
- 1993 - 1997 he sort of stabilised the economy but no-one forgave him when it came to the next elextion;
- He had two schemes to try and take people's mind off what happened in 1992. The first was the so-called "Back to Basics" slogan, which led to every Tory who had ever had an affair being publically humiliated.
- The second idea was the Northern Ireland Peace Process, which involved releasing loads of IRA terrorists from jail, in return for which the IRA has not yet decommissioned one single firearm.
- On the plus side, he invented the National Lottery, and timed important international summit meetings to coincide with major rugby and cricket matches.
Ah Mr Aherne! Why not fly over Saturday morning to have a summit on the Ulster problem. And then we can go to Twickers for the England/Ireland match in the afternoon.
The oldest electric guitar manufacturer - Rickenbacker predates both Gibson and Fender, fact fans! Known for making both guitars and basses.
Guitarists who play(ed) Rickenbackers: John Lennon, Roger McGuinn (Byrds), Peter Buck, Johnny Marr, indie / alt-rock types who like its jangly sound, etc.
Bassists who play(ed) Rickenbackers: Paul McCartney, Lemmy, etc
Hotel or rented accomodation which has a catalogue of disasters associated with it, especially if it includes obnoxious staff, etc.
Named after the classic 1970s comedy series starring John Cleese.
The new student accomodation opened for Leeds University students in 1993 was so bad, the students quickly dubbed it "Fawlty Towers".
Place whose sole reason for existence is for English people to go and stock up on alcoholic drink. In other words, France
I'm on a booze-cruise to England's Largest Off-Licence.
Short for "Bass Guitarist."
I must take issue with the idea that Punk Bassists are no good, because I can name at least three who excelled: Jah Wobble, Peter Hook, Norman Watts-Roy. QED
However - Kids, note: playing the root note of the chord eight times in a bar does NOT constitute a bass-line!
The first great bassist in rock music was John Entwistle (RIP).
The greatest exponent of the fretless bass was Jaco Pastorius (also RIP).
The greatest living bassist is Flea (not RIP yet ;-) ).