Why is England not ‘cool’?
This is not to be taken seriously! It’s just my wandering thoughts about rock music…
Why does America always create images of ‘cool’ but Britain doesn’t? For example, a rock band named Boston, or Chicago, Kansas, LA Guns, New York Dolls, Black Oak Arkansas, Alabama, Texas – all real bands. It doesn’t sound so cool to be in a rock band named Basingstoke, Liverpool, Luton, Hounslow or Walthamstow. There is a British band named “Hatfield and the North” (named after a road sign seen after leaving London) but it’s meant to be funny.
Song titles also! How about these American place name titles, with my own idea of a British place name as an alternative. Which sounds cooler?
Sweet Home Alabama / Sweet Home Swindon
All The Way Form Memphis / All The Way Form Chipping Sodbury
Atlanta City / Weston-Super-Mare City
By The Time I Get To Phoenix / By The Time I Get To Peterborough
Mississippi Blood / Ringwood Blood
Detroit Rock City / Eastbourne Rock City
Harlem Shuffle / Grimsby Shuffle
I Left My Heart In San Francisco / I Left My Heart In Uckfield
Memphis Skyline / Muswell Hill Skyline
New York State Of Mind / Cwmrhydyceirw State Of Mind
Route 66 / The Birmingham Bypass
Actually, London (or London areas) is often used in songs – it is the one cool name in Britain. (For example, Baker Street, Oxford Street, Waterloo Sunset). Also, places with very, very old history are often used in song titles due to their ‘mysterious’ origins – like ‘Canterbury’, ‘Stonehenge’, ‘Mull Of Kintyre’. Many other place names are used but not for their cool rating!
Oxford Street by Everything But The Girl
Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty
Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks
Canterbury by Diamond Head (another place name!)
Mull Of Kintyre by Paul McCartney