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Punk Rock For the People States love symbols. Colorado has the Stegosaurus as its state fossil. New York has the Sugar Maple as its state tree. And every state has an official song. But what about an official punk rock song? Connecticut is leading the way. [warning: youtube / wikipedia / websites that were designed in frontpage 95 ]
posted by Stynxno (27 comments total)

 
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posted by Stynxno at 12:24 PM on April 9, 2007


I am governor Jerry Brown...
posted by griphus at 12:30 PM on April 9, 2007


For more random State goodness, check wikipedia's list of official state related things like Colorado's official tartan.

Go CO.
posted by Stynxno at 12:36 PM on April 9, 2007


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posted by kuujjuarapik at 12:39 PM on April 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


I thought the most popular group in Connecticut was WASP.
posted by drjimmy11 at 12:49 PM on April 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


Connecticut's for Fucking
posted by chillmost at 1:04 PM on April 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


That FOX newscast just about sums up everything that's awful about television news reportage. (Stentorian White Guy, looking as if he'd rather either live in New Hampshire so as not to have to deal with this, or possibly crawl up his own anus: "We just want to emphasize that this is not an angry, violent, anti-government punk rock song.")

Also love how they forgot to bleep the clearly audible line "if you want to fight or fuck us up." Because, you know, "this isn't about moshpits, or...batheads." (!??)
posted by adamgreenfield at 1:05 PM on April 9, 2007


feh. my state has an official state dirt.
posted by lester's sock puppet at 1:14 PM on April 9, 2007


Here's are my favorite state fact from the liner notes of John Linnell's State Songs album:

"It's only appropriate that a state as large as Montana (147,046 square miles) should sport two Official State Nicknames. They are: "the Treasure State" and "Big Sky Country." Montanans can also choose between two Official Gemstones: Sapphire and Agate. And owing to her vastness Montana requires two separate heads of state: the Governor, and his nemesis the anti-Governor."

posted by buriednexttoyou at 1:25 PM on April 9, 2007


Connecticut's for Fucking

Amen. I've been trying to get a band thing going, after moving here 2 years ago. I have played with almost 20 different people I met through Craig's list over the past 2 months, and to a person, if it wasn't written or performed by Jethro Tull, Neil Young or the Allman Brothers, they've never heard of it.
posted by psmealey at 1:25 PM on April 9, 2007



feh. my state has an official state dirt


So does mine, Antigo Silt Loam!
posted by drezdn at 1:42 PM on April 9, 2007


Wait, are you saying California Uber Alles is not the official state song?
posted by oneirodynia at 1:46 PM on April 9, 2007


i nominate the modern lovers' road runner for massachusetts...
posted by es_de_bah at 1:57 PM on April 9, 2007


Es_de_bah, what, no "Government Center?" (ok, maybe it would work better for Boston).

I'll nominate "Blister in the Sun" for Wisconsin, otherwise, Static-X's "Wisconsin Death Trip."
posted by drezdn at 2:03 PM on April 9, 2007


i nominate the modern lovers' road runner for massachusetts...

I want "Roadrunner" to replace "Dirty Water" after a Sox win. Much better on so many levels-- the Standells weren't even from New England for one thing.

We don't need an official state punk rock song because we already have an official state muffin (corn).
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:12 PM on April 9, 2007


The band Mandingo did a punk version of Arizona's state song on the compilation Valley of the Spun, and it of course includes different lyrics for the second verse which are critical and pessimistic. Still, the line "123 degrees fucking scalding me" makes me homesick.

So the angle here is that this guy from CT is crazy for pushing for a state punk song, but I think he's nuts for thinking a song that positive can be called punk. C'mon dickfaces: Unity through criticism and commiseration, not celebration.
posted by hutta at 2:23 PM on April 9, 2007


Maryland's state sport is jousting.
posted by breezeway at 2:48 PM on April 9, 2007


Who is Connecticut's official corporate sponsor?
posted by telstar at 3:06 PM on April 9, 2007


Who is Connecticut's official corporate sponsor?

That'd be General Electric.
posted by psmealey at 3:14 PM on April 9, 2007


Yes, but United Technologies sponsors the halftime show.
posted by Opposite George at 3:34 PM on April 9, 2007


Maryland's state sport is jousting.

And Maryland's motto, translated from the Italian, is Manly Deeds, Womanly Words. Maryland suddenly sounds like the zaniest place in the country. Like it's one big, weird renaissance fair.

I digress. Back to Connecticut.
posted by gordie at 4:09 PM on April 9, 2007


Actually it was a pretty fun scene back then, except for the skinheads, but I don't see the need for a State Punk Song. (Or for the CD reissue, either.)

I think what CT needs is an official state motorcycle gang.
posted by scratch at 4:52 PM on April 9, 2007


I think what CT needs is an official state motorcycle gang.

There used to be one, though it was mostly unofficial, I think. The Charter Oaks Motorcycle Club (based here in Greenwich, CT), made an appearance in a 60s schlock horror film "Horror of Party Beach"
posted by psmealey at 5:46 PM on April 9, 2007



what the hell? what's less punk rock than getting through a committee on a tertiary vote to be inserted into an amendment passed by the state legislature's majority?
posted by Busithoth at 7:26 PM on April 9, 2007


As a resident of the nutmeg state (a.k.a. land of steady habits), I would like to offer my apologies on behalf of everyone who had nothing to do with this, and remind the court that mitigating circumstances include the awesome, listener-sponsored ('Some songs I like; some songs I don't like') WPKN .
posted by ZenMasterThis at 9:32 PM on April 9, 2007


The Charter Oaks Motorcycle Club (based here in Greenwich, CT)

That's the funniest fucking thing I've heard this year.
posted by IshmaelGraves at 10:09 PM on April 9, 2007


It sucks.
posted by sklero at 12:24 AM on April 10, 2007


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