Sunday, October 02, 2005

Posh People's Disease....

.... or 'PPD'.

It's everywhere. Burchill on Guy Richie:

"I don't want to pull the class-war angle, but only a public schoolboy could think that violent criminals are anything but cretinous, sexually stunted scum." (via Hak Mao)

For years I've had a guilty secret. I thought that the The Police were better than The Clash* in every way. Pootergeek's explanation exonerates anyone who shares this view.

"It’s also worth noting that within a year of Gordon Sumner (Sting) being born to a milkman in Newcastle-on-Tyne, John Graham Mellor’s (Strummer’s) diplomat father was probably putting the freshly-slapped infant down for the private Surrey boarding school he would go on to attend before beginning his career as a class warrior."

Stop Press: Want more of the same? Tom has linked to Julie on the Kaiser Chiefs - so that you don't have to buy The Times.

(*The Police's 'Ghost in the Machine' was always shite tho' - nothing will change that. And The Clash's 'Give 'em Enough Rope' is very good on the headphones at the gym. But then so is Deep Purple's 'Highway Star')

2 comments:

brockway said...

She's spot on about Guy Richie - an utter tw*t.

Posh people can make good music tho - Joe Strummer (whatever Julie says); Shane MacGowan; and some people might say Nick Drake (not me mind).

And Sting, whatever his working class credentials, has made a career out of doing a very bad Bob Marley impersonation. He reminds me of Al Jolson.

Paulie said...

The chink in my armour. I like Nick Drake for his guitar playing. I'll stick to that story.

And I know what you mean about Sting's odd skwawk and what Pootergeek calls his 'Jah-mek-i' phrasing.

But Walking on the Moon was a very exciting thing to hear for the first time. Some (!) of his songs were not bad and he seems to have a talent for finding good backing musicians.