My dad was a general in the army and Tina’s dad was an admiral in the navy.
Very avant garde, even punk, eh? Not that they’re a bad rhythm section but it’s just not the formative background you quite expect. Bit like finding out Shane McGowan’s the son of an accountant/accounting clerk (he is, mate used to know the parents).
Keeping time while marching was obviously in the blood.
Qu’est-ce que c’est?
I thought punk (and especially new wave) always pulled in a lot of nice upper middle class art school kids. i saw Toyah recently and she’s still rocking whether you want her to or not.
McGowan also attended a private prep school and (briefly) Westminster School, an expensive private school in London.
Marching? Well maybe from the General. Rowing perhaps from the Admiral.
Isn’t teenage rebellion something you do from a position of security? Kids whose home life is already chaos and deprivation are hardly going to demand more of it.
The Navy are taught to march as well. Admittedly, neither admirals or generals keep up the practice all that much…
I think that Witchie was probably right – have you seen sailors march? On the other hand, they did (once) have the field gun competition …
I read somewhere that Jim Morrison’s dad was a senior admiral in the USN during the Vietnam War.
He was actually in charge of the aircraft carrier in and during the Gulf of Tonkin events…..
Compare to the authentic proletarian background of Mick Jagger, eh?
Honestly, it’s exactly what you expect – children of the well off are the ones that get the music lessons and have the freedom to develop this stuff as a career.
Most stuff starts in a garage because you can’t do it in the parking lot of you apartment block.
If you’ve ever had to row with a group of people it take more coordination and timing than marching and the outcomes are usually much more obvious if you aren’t in sync
I saw Toyah in a stage production of Calamity Jane, she was very good.
I only got to have piano lessons once I was an adult and could afford to pay for them myself.