Is PiL's "Poptones" about Peter Sutcliffe?

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Talk about getting a song stuck in yoru head

| (Latham Green), Thursday, 22 September 2022 20:05 (two months ago) link

Bye teh way the version from American bandstand to me is the definitive

| (Latham Green), Thursday, 22 September 2022 20:06 (two months ago) link

yeah but they are miming there aren't they?

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 22 September 2022 22:52 (two months ago) link

when post-punk and early new wave are described as "dark", "eerie", "cold", "gloomy", "ominous", etc.

...this song is the blueprint. because damn. very classic.

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Friday, 23 September 2022 00:42 (two months ago) link

I think I was thinking of this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMZFyaI0Wsw

However, the American Bandstand is definitely the definitive mimed video version.

What is poptones about? A painful human suffering? Or confusion and being dazed?
Or the strange juxtaposition of pop music and crime? The singer just sounds annoyed, not really scared.
Song about an event is not the same thing as the event. It is a cloud of thoughts, feelings, uncertainties...

"I can't forget the impression you made
You left a hole in the back of my head
I don't like hiding in this foliage and peat
It's wet and I'm losing my body heat"

| (Latham Green), Friday, 23 September 2022 12:55 (two months ago) link


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