Tuesday, September 23, 2008

This is not about Socks.

We now have comments, and thus my sock-related ultimatums have been met. Although it's certainly gratifying to know that my blog has actually been viewed by real people, I have to admit some small regret that I no longer have license to release the socks of war. I suppose I could write about socks anyway, but it seems like I'd be violating a trust with my 'audience'.
So here's all the sock topics we're not going to talk about:
  • Battle of the Sockses. Ever notice how sock design is skewed towards the female foot? I'm talking design pattern here: if a sock has polka dots or stripes, it's invariably a sock designed for a woman. Does this reflect some sort of notion that aestheticly pleasing socks are somehow unmanly?
  • Faux Pieds. A long discussion on sock fashion. Sometimes, I wear black socks and shorts. And once, I wore socks and sandals. I know. Scandalous.
  • In Search of Lost Socks. An entry on sock encounters throughout my life, including the perils of getting one's sock caught on one's spitvalve in the middle of a trombone performance.
  • Sock Miscellany. Keeping socks with holes holy. Where the missing socks go in the washing machine. The appropriateness of Socks as a name for various household pets. The history of socks. Did you know that the sock started out as the soccus and was actually an inner shoe used by Romans? Isn't your entire life better for knowing that?
  • And finally, there would be a long discussion of this:
Goth sock puppets. Because life as a sock puppet would be very depressing.

But we're not going to do any of that, because we're not talking about socks. We're talking about something else. Something far more important and significant and nontrivial than some silly discussion on socks.
....so I got new shoes today....

Later Days.


cait said...

Actually, I would call that a *punk* sock. Observe Johnny Rotten circa 1977. (I wanted to put that IN the html as an image but blogger is apparently a bitch.)

Additionally, I feel I should note that Razorlight has a song called "Somewhere Else," which is far from being their best song, and frighteningly, happens to be one of their less shitty music videos.

Finally, the word verification says "Pokfisb." I demand a definition from you.

Does that count as a quality comment? I can't tell.

Person of Consequence said...

This counts twice as quality, because I say so.
Speaking in terms of pure imagery, what distinguishes punk from goth? A bright colour? A metal piercing? Is it not true that the essence of punk and goth both come from the same place, a fundamental dissatisfaction and disenfranchisement with the status quo? The important thing, I think, is that we don't get boggled down in sock puppet semantics.

Remind me to return to Razorlight for one of the blog entries on music. For now, let me just say that I swear I saw a come-hither look in Johnny Borrell's eyes, and that has stirred many strange feelings from within my depths.
Pokfisb. A misspelling of Pokfish, which itself is a modern corruption of "puckfish". A puckfish is one of the many fish-based pieces of equipment in Gnathostomata Hockey, in which each piece of traditional hockey equipment is exchanged with a frozen fish equivalent. Except the skates, because that would be silly.

cait said...

Well, that's exciting.

But really, if we're going to unpack Goth and Punk, we're going to have to go back to the early 80s. It has become more a fashion statement than a musical movement in the public eye (in fact, I doubt most of the general populace would associate goths with music any more specific than "that weird shit"), but the goth movement really started out as an off-shoot of the post-punk movement, with bands like the Cure and Siouxsie & the Banshees garnering an increasing fondness for black eyeliner.

I don't know if goths can really be characterized as disenfranchised or dissatisfied the same way that punks have been, historically. Punks are proto-marxists who gob on each other, whereas goths generally began as people obsessed with looking depressed and acting like morbid Victorians. Both movements have diversified a great deal in the past 30 years, of course, but I would say at base, they stem from different impetus (impeti?). Punk has fundamentally always been a political movement on some level, whereas Goths are generally motivated more aesthetically, with the only REAL political statement being "DON'T JUDGE ME BECAUSE I LOOK FUNNY."

/end exposition

Johnny is known for the come-hither looks. Also for vaguely resembling a horse. It's slightly disconcerting in person, especially since he's only about 5'4".

I would like to see fish-based skates.