I’m very easily confused. I mean VERY. Not just ‘very’ in the traditional sense of “Where did I leave my car keys?” kind of very, but more along the lines of global metrological catastrophe ‘very’. That’s right, I’m the giant tsunami of be
Recently I heard a band referring to themselves as ‘The xx’. After doing painstaking and extensive research, I determined that xx actually means “where there is a will, there is a way”. It is apparently the Viking symbol for inguz. Now when I looked up Inguz, I found out that it can also mean men’s health and fertility.
What does this have to do with the band? Band names probably mean something to someone at some time, but frankly the oft-quoted reason for Pearl Jam’s odd name bores me to tears (you’ll have to Google it because I’m so bored with it I can’t even type it.) Just play music and keep the creative juices on THAT side of the equation.
Back to me being confused. Just after I was listening to ‘The xx’ on one station, I flipped to another station and who should come on? ‘XX’. It kinda sounded the same as ‘The xx’ but was it just a mistake by whomever was typing out the band names on the little screen? How could there be TWO bands named ‘The xx’ and ‘XX’.
By the way, does ‘The xx’ remind you of that HORRIBLE poet – e.e. cummings – that we all had to learn about in elementary school? This is one of his finest works:
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
Note the edgy use of odd punctuation, line spacing, and lack of capitalization. Note the art form that he has created using this brilliant methodology to draw his readers in.
Oh – and note that the ‘poem’ doesn’t make any sense and is a complete and total pile of chicken feathers.
Anyway, back to the ‘xx’ or ‘XX’ – turns out that they ARE the same band, but while researching I found these other bands:
Stunning that I’m a little bit confused, eh? Let’s try to think up some better names there folks. Take a clue from ‘Chicano Batman’ and ‘The Neighb’rhood Childr’n’. Now THOSE are original.