"Over Vauxhall Bridge and via Pimlico..."

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"Over Vauxhall Bridge and via Pimlico..."

Post by MarkyJacobs » 15 May 2017, 10:31am

As someone who has lived a sizeable chunk of my adult life in London, I am slightly embarrassed that it took me so long.

But, on Friday, for the very first time (at least knowingly), I took the fabled route "over Vauxhall Bridge and via Pimlico".

Someone on one of these forums once pointed out that, if you were chasing the coppers out of Ladbroke Grove, you would actually go via Pimlico and then over Vauxhall Bridge.

Alas, I wasn't.

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Re: "Over Vauxhall Bridge and via Pimlico..."

Post by Heston » 15 May 2017, 12:35pm

Which begs the question, has anyone ever had cow foot curry?
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Re: "Over Vauxhall Bridge and via Pimlico..."

Post by 101Walterton » 15 May 2017, 3:19pm

MarkyJacobs wrote:
15 May 2017, 10:31am
As someone who has lived a sizeable chunk of my adult life in London, I am slightly embarrassed that it took me so long.

But, on Friday, for the very first time (at least knowingly), I took the fabled route "over Vauxhall Bridge and via Pimlico".

Someone on one of these forums once pointed out that, if you were chasing the coppers out of Ladbroke Grove, you would actually go via Pimlico and then over Vauxhall Bridge.

Alas, I wasn't.
Actually it is correct. You would go from All Saints Road and through Pimlico to get to Vauxhall Bridge therefore you would go over Vauxhall Bridge and via Pimlico (although you don't need the 'and' but helps the lyrics).
Having said that that is a long way across central London to get there from A S Road. If you wanted to cross the river Hammersmith Bridge is a hell of a lot closer.

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Re: "Over Vauxhall Bridge and via Pimlico..."

Post by MarkyJacobs » 15 May 2017, 4:29pm

If you were chasing coppers you wouldn't necessarily want to chase them over the nearest bridge. ;)

I've not had cow foot curry, but I do remember having a conversation with an elderly West Indian lady about cooking with said animal parts. I'm sure the song would have been on my mind.

Another time, I found myself having a drink and a smoke with a couple of newly befriended Rastas outside the Pelican (I think), off Portobello Road. Stuck between the two of them, and in good spirits, I piped up, "A couple of years ago down Ladbroke Grove..." To my surprise, they totally understood the reference.

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Post by TeddyB Not Logged In » 15 May 2017, 7:31pm

I've walked over the Hammersmith Bridge on the way back to Ladbroke Grove several times with Mick, but not the Vauxhall. Maybe Don wrote that bit!

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Re: "Over Vauxhall Bridge and via Pimlico..."

Post by MarkyJacobs » 16 May 2017, 5:29am

When London's black youth actually did give the coppers the run-around a few years back, good songwriting on the subject was conspicuous by its absence.

Discuss?

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Post by MarkyJacobs » 16 May 2017, 5:37am

There are actually five bridges between Hammersmith Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge.

Over Hammersmith Bridge and via Hammersmith might not have sounded good?

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Re: "Over Vauxhall Bridge and via Pimlico..."

Post by Silent Majority » 16 May 2017, 8:24am

MarkyJacobs wrote:
16 May 2017, 5:29am
When London's black youth actually did give the coppers the run-around a few years back, good songwriting on the subject was conspicuous by its absence.

Discuss?
In rock music, yes. It was very present in London's grime scene. A real defining cultural moment. You can't really expect a sixty year old genre to be where the working class youth express themselves. The Sex Pistols left the barrelhouse piano of music hall and ragtime banjo well alone.
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Re: "Over Vauxhall Bridge and via Pimlico..."

Post by MarkyJacobs » 16 May 2017, 11:05am

Silent Majority wrote:
16 May 2017, 8:24am
In rock music, yes. It was very present in London's grime scene. A real defining cultural moment. You can't really expect a sixty year old genre to be where the working class youth express themselves. The Sex Pistols left the barrelhouse piano of music hall and ragtime banjo well alone.
My post-BAD listening has not been particularly rock-centric. Nevertheless I did fear I might have been looking in the wrong places. Any pointers for me?

The Clash and BAD's civil disorder stylings were perhaps highly romanticised.

I heard a post-riots interview with Mick in which he said something like: "They had all that power, and all they wanted to do was rob Footlocker." He was, of course, spot on.

I remember myself being quite relieved when things calmed down. As someone who has always considered myself quite anti-establishment, part of me felt slightly embarrassed to be thinking in this way.

The Sex Pistols are busy celebrating Trump and Farage as saviours of the working class, are they not?
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Post by 101Walterton » 16 May 2017, 3:24pm

MarkyJacobs wrote:
16 May 2017, 5:37am
There are actually five bridges between Hammersmith Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge.

Over Hammersmith Bridge and via Hammersmith might not have sounded good?
Over Hammersmith Bridge and via Shepherds Bush Road?

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Re: "Over Vauxhall Bridge and via Pimlico..."

Post by MarkyJacobs » 16 May 2017, 3:34pm

101Walterton wrote:
16 May 2017, 3:24pm
Over Hammersmith Bridge and via Shepherds Bush Road?
Personally, I don't think we need involve firearms...

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Post by Heston » 16 May 2017, 6:49pm

What a great song though. Shame it has those rinky dink drums and such a dry sound. The live performances show it coulda been a contender.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Post by Marky Dread » 16 May 2017, 6:57pm

MarkyJacobs wrote:
16 May 2017, 11:05am
Silent Majority wrote:
16 May 2017, 8:24am
In rock music, yes. It was very present in London's grime scene. A real defining cultural moment. You can't really expect a sixty year old genre to be where the working class youth express themselves. The Sex Pistols left the barrelhouse piano of music hall and ragtime banjo well alone.
My post-BAD listening has not been particularly rock-centric. Nevertheless I did fear I might have been looking in the wrong places. Any pointers for me?

The Clash and BAD's civil disorder stylings were perhaps highly romanticised.

I heard a post-riots interview with Mick in which he said something like: "They had all that power, and all they wanted to do was rob Footlocker." He was, of course, spot on.

I remember myself being quite relieved when things calmed down. As someone who has always considered myself quite anti-establishment, part of me felt slightly embarrassed to be thinking in this way.

The Sex Pistols are busy celebrating Trump and Farage as saviours of the working class, are they not?
Lydon was but one member. So no.
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Post by Inder » 16 May 2017, 8:17pm

MarkyJacobs wrote:
16 May 2017, 11:05am
I heard a post-riots interview with Mick in which he said something like: "They had all that power, and all they wanted to do was rob Footlocker." He was, of course, spot on.
MJ is a multi-millionaire white rock star who lives in one of the most expensive parts of one of the most expensive cities in the world. If he said that, or something along those lines, then that's really disappointing.

'They don't mind throwing a brick,' ffs.

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Re: "Over Vauxhall Bridge and via Pimlico..."

Post by MarkyJacobs » 16 May 2017, 9:42pm

Marky Dread wrote:
16 May 2017, 6:57pm
Lydon was but one member.
Yes, the voice.

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