Role models?

My first ever musical idols sang:

“Ik weet niet of het goed of slecht is /
Dat ik met je vrijen wou /
En wat een ander ook mag zeggen /
Ik vond het fijn bij jou /
Zoals je naast me ligt te slapen /
Zo heb ik jou nog nooit gezien /
Je lijkt ineens geen kind meer /
Maar zo mooi /
En minstens zeventien”

Rough translation of the above:

“I don’t know if it’s good or bad /
That I wanted to sleep with you /
And no matter what anyone else says /
I enjoyed it with you /
The way you’re lying next to me, asleep /
I’ve never seen you like this before /
Suddenly you no longer look like a child /
But so beautiful /
And at least seventeen”

I have known these lyrics by heart and have sung along to this song since I was six or seven years old, but I doubt any musician would dare come out singing words like these today (certainly not in the UK and I doubt in the US).

Dutch radio played (and to date still play) this song, as well as the other expletive-laden ones they made, all of which I and many other kids sang along to word for word as well. No bleeps or blanks, no cleaned-up radio versions, no Tipper stickers. It wasn’t what the band had intended (they aimed their songs at their peers, i.e. thirty-somethings like themselves) but it’s what they got: Duranies, beliebers and Directioners of their day.

For all the possible bad influence they and later musical loves of mine might have had on me, I think I turned out alright, so I’m confident today’s (pre)teens wanting to dress and dance like Rihanna or Miley will turn out just fine. Well, most of them, anyway (I wrote, winking at the Bored Housewives Club; if you’re reading this: you know who you are).

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

  • Hire Jo professionally
  • ... Buy Jo a coffee on Buy Me A Coffee dot com ... Buy Jo a coffee on Ko-Fi dot com
  • .. See more of Jo's links on Linktree
  • Amazon Music Unlimited

  • SleepPhones

  • Bol.com AlgemeenBol.com Algemeen

  • Moo.com

  • Get £10 off your first order with Huel (Terms apply)

  • Deliveroo

  • Win a month's rent with SpareRoom.co.uk! (UK) (referral link)

  • Disclaimer

    This website features advertising placed here by Wordpress.com; I have no control over the contents or links these ads may contain, but allowing them on this website saves me considerable costs. This website also contains referral and affiliate links that I put in myself; if you click through on these and make a purchase I may earn a modest commission, discount or reward. Please be aware that if you click on an ad or affiliate/referral link, you may be accepting cookies from the third party linked. I do not accept any liability for linked or embedded third-party content and/or services. All that said, please rest assured that my content is in no way influenced by any (affiliate) partnership or advertising.

  • (Audio) Books I liked or loved

    Dave Grohl - The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music Fiona Hill - There Is Nothing For You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century James Felton - 52 Times Britain Was a Bellend: The History You Didn't Get Taught At School Adam Kay - This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor The Secret Barrister - The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken Flea - Acid for the Children Ronan Farrow - Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators John Carreyrou - Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup Bob Woodward - Fear: Trump in the White House Mark Manson - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life Tiffany Haddish - The Last Black Unicorn Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels - Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide: A Memoir Ronald Reng - A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke Danny Wallace - Charlotte Street

    Tony Schumacher - An Army of One | A John Rossett Novel (3/3) Tony Schumacher - The British Lion | A John Rossett Novel (2/3) Tony Schumacher - The Darkest Hour | A John Rossett Novel (1/3) Benjamin Hoff, Lao Tse - The Tao of Pooh
    (These are affiliate links - See Disclaimer)

%d bloggers like this: