Thursday, February 18, 2010


To anybody who is Spanish or Catalan reading this - please do me a favor and no longer use the word "punky" for punk rock music.

This is Punky as in "Punky Brewster" a nineteen-eighties children's comedy about a precocious, spunky girl who is abandoned by her parents and taken in by a photographer. The star of the show later goes on to become famous for breast reduction surgery.

This is punk rock. A music which rose to prominence during the same time, there's nothing spunky or precocious about it. It is raw and aggressive, sometimes political and not always musical or melodic. To call it "punky" makes it sound like something my kid would listen to.

So out of respect to all the punk pioneers like Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, and H.R., please drop the "y" and start a Facebook page urging others to do that same. Thank you.


  1. Remember to pronounce it as "poonky", otherwise they won't know what you are talking about.

  2. Ha, ha!

    May I suggest another post analysing "hacer puenting" and "hacer footing" :)

    We are in love with words ending in -ing! (Bicing, Vueling...)

  3. Errr.... "Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra" - hardly the pioneers of punk rock! I'd have put Joey Ramone, Iggy Pop and Jonathan Richman.

    Still, it's just a personal choice I guess. Personally, I've always found 'punky' and 'funky' rather endearing. It's a funny thing to get upset about... but then we never had 'Punky Brewster' on the TV in England, so maybe that's the difference.

  4. @ Marta & Sant Cugat - Classic examples. What is it about the -ing? I wonder if Barrio Seasame will have a song in the future.

    @ Tom - Hmm, Iggy, I've always thought of more as garage and the Ramones pop. Both influential, no doubt, but not punk. I could've added Joe Strummer & Big John Duncan from Exploited to make it more inclusive, I guess. Just went with what popped in the head.

    But you're right, it must be having the image of Punky Brewster flash when I hear the word that probably provoked the rant.

  5. :-) To me, punk is pop... but then if you ask me, it's ALL pop! Maybe it's a US/UK thing but I thought the guys you put were more 'Hardcore' godfathers... but I really don't know enough about it to debate it!

    Lovely day today, BTW, after the rain.

  6. I think you might be too late... we had funny hair day at school for carnival and my six year old said he wanted "pelos de punky"