"Punk Rock" as written by and Stuart Leslie Braithwaite....
I'll tell you about punk rock: punk rock is a word used by dillitante's and ah... and ah... heartless manipulators about music that takes up the energies and the bodies and the hearts and the souls and the time and the minds of young men who give what they have to it and give everything they have to it and it's a... it's a term that's based on contempt, it's a term that's based on fashion, style, elitism, satanism and everything that's rotten about rock'n'roll. I don't know Johnny Rotten but I'm sure... I'm sure he puts as much blood and sweat into what he does as Sigmund Freud did. You see, what sounds to you like a big load of trashy old noise is in fact the brilliant music of a genius, myself . And that music is so powerful that it's quite beyond my control and ah... when I'm in the grips of it I don't feel pleasure and I don't feel pain, either physically or emotionally. Do you understand what I'm talking about? Have you ever felt like that? When you just couldn't feel anything and you didn't want to either. You know? Like that? Do you understand what I'm saying sir?


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"Punk Rock" as written by Stuart Leslie Braithwaite

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    General CommentI understand.
    landingstillon May 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMiddle Eastern, Bosco9? More like Canada. : )

    I listen to this song every night. Well. The whole album, really. But that's because this song puts me in a state that's hard to describe. Iggy Pop's ramble in that interview is probably one of the most influential speeches I have ever heard. It put to words exactly what I mean to say every time someone speaks to me about the music I love. I don't listen to a lot of punk rock anymore. I did before. But strip away the genre name and apply it elsewhere and I still feel the same way. This album - this song is what really got me into Mogwai.
    Mymsicalon November 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is a sample from a strange iggy pop interview that the band found. from what i've read them say about it, iggy was looking totally fried and out of it (which is believeable), and when the middle eastern interviewer asked him about punk rock, he spouted off this insightful, eloquent speech about it. i think it says it all.
    bosco9on May 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwatch the original interview here:

    archives.cbc.ca/…
    ithicaon March 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAWESOME :o
    pennystrikeon January 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat is there to really say about this? I think Iggy Pop covered everything. It makes the hairs on the back of neck stand up every fucking time I listen to it, which is to say yes, I think I understand what you're saying perfectly well Iggy. I think I do....
    Mad Dog 2020on March 02, 2016   Link

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