Those Goofy Brits

I now draw your attention to this Gothamist interview of British Sea Power. Here's my favorite part:
Let's get this out of the way, where did your band name originate?
Well, it's one from the history books - like The Age Of Steam or The Enlightenment or The Disco Years. We liked the idea of naming ourselves after 400 years of history, after the period when Britannia ruled the waves. Not that we're saying this was necessarily a great idea - it's a pretty mixed idea. If you're going to think up a name for your band it might as well be a good one. The Fall or Teenage Fanclub or Franz Ferdinand are great names, while Red Hot Chili Pepper or INXS are bad beyond belief. British Sea Power is also quite rock in a way - like when all the dandy suited sailors turn up on shore and go looking for pretty locals. Don't you think them lusty boyz in The Bravery look just like sailors on shore leave? There they are, high on scurvy and gonorrhoea and looking for the best thrill in town.


Blogger d said...

high on scurvy?! these bsp folks are nutty. I think the british navy only had to deal with the scurvy outbreak for about 100 of its many years of nautical sovereignty. but then again, I think I may know too much about old time diseases.

I really do want to hear this album...

11:27 AM, May 13, 2005  
Blogger Phil said...

Weren't British sailors particularly NON-scurviated? Isn't that why they Brits are known as "limeys"...because they brought limes on board so as not to get scurvy? In related news, one of the only recorded cases in the last few decades occurred at my alma mater. Rumor has it that some kid tried to go for a whole semester eating only chik patties.

1:32 PM, May 13, 2005  
Blogger d said...

actually, in their naval infancy, the brits had the highest numbers of scurvy, which is why they did all that research, discovered the whole vitamin c defficiency thing & implemented the every sailor gets a bag of oranges & lemons thing.

so yes, hence limeys. you're right about that.

about the scurvy guy at your school, are there photos somewhere? I've always wanted to see a scurvy victim.

2:23 PM, May 13, 2005  
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