May 08

Punk Metaphor Watch #1: Guess His Theory

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With the biting winds of PUNK ROCK beginning to blow through the Popular comments boxes it’s time to examine the ways in which punk has become institutionalised as a metaphor – starting with Richard Williams on the Guardian football blog: Stadium Rock of Top Flight looks Bloated Against The Joy Division.


Richard Williams of course is a music journalist of old and his argument is a bit more nuanced than any article which begins a sentence “If Manchester United and Chelsea can be seen as the King Crimson and Moody Blues of English football in 2008…” has a right to be. He’s not comparing the Championship and Premiership to punk and prog: he’s comparing them to pub rock and prog rock – though by the end he permits himself an apocalyptic vision of collapse and change which does draw on some familiar metaphorical wells. Something to contemplate, anyhow, as the Tarkus of Portsmouth prepares to meet the Roogalator of Cardiff this weekend.


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    DJ Punctum on 14 May 2008 #

    Was put off IMMEDIATELY by dazzlingly STUPID and UNTHOUGHT-THROUGH King Crimson analogy and RW of ALL PEOPLE was THERE and should BLOODY KNOW BETTER.

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    Pete Baran on 14 May 2008 #

    Aha – but the King CRIMSON refers to the Reds vs the Moody BLUES of Chelsea. It was an attempt at a double barrelled analogical twist – which was never going to win out.

    Aquatarkus of Portsmouth more like, and surely Cardiff are the Tull.

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    CarsmileSteve on 15 May 2008 #

    if it wasn’t for Platini, Cardiff could easily have been the sex pistols in this analogy though, as their winning of the FA Cup *should* DESTROY FOOPBALL AS WE KNOW IT…

    …if Scarlett Johannson had still been in charge he would have said “rules is rules” and the home nations would cease to exist and a european super league would become INEVITABLE, probably…

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    DJ Punctum on 15 May 2008 #

    Fulham FC clearly the Henry Cow ;-)

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