Old Geezer Moment
Out and about on the weekend, and I saw a young kid wearing a ... provocative T-shirt. Select the following paragraph if you want to know what was written on it. Or just think of a phrase that would offend the most people - and you're probably close.
Jesus is a Cunt
(Incidentally I can think of a slightly more offensive phrase than this. By my reckoning this makes me slightly more imaginative than the marketing department for English metal band Cradle of Filth, who produced the T-shirt.)
On seeing it I immediately had an Old Geezer Moment.
"Kids these days! In my day we'd thrash the young whippersnappers! Discipline, I tell you, never did me any harm!" (etc.)
It's a lot easier to be offended on behalf of someone else than for your own sake. So in the grip of the OGM, I was visualising a potential scenario when one of my boys meet their grandparents wearing that T-shirt.
Now I know music and all the Youth Culture that surrounds it is all supposed to be offensive to Squares. But how much more offensive can it get? As far as gratuitous slogans on T-shirts goes, I would say not very much. And what then? Lyrics? Clothing?
From Googling a bit, it seems this bit of clothing-based provocation is the most accomplished output from Cradle of Filth. Maybe now that they are approaching middle age themselves, they'll have an OGM and realise there's nowhere really left to go.
You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
(I'm sure I don't have to source that quote)