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#12129 - Tue, 27 Sep 2005 04:53:00 Re: 'ROckwrok'
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Can I stick my two penn'orth in here?

In an interview in 1979, John describes RockWrok as "a simple celebration of sex. The idea of the song is a take-off of what rock'n'roll is all about. And it's meant to be structured like a 1920's porn movie. Very jerky and quick. Lots of images all thrown in together."
Billy agrees, referring to the song as light-hearted and comical. There's even a suggestion that Charlie Chaplin can be imagined doing some of the things described!!

Personally I think there's a bit more to it than that, as I have mentioned on a similar thread about My Sex. I reckon this song reflects the explosion of sex and music that happened in early 1977.

As for the spelling, I would imagine John just liked the play on words and was being deliberately tongue-in-cheek about it.
I wonder if there is also the remotest nod to Kraftwerk's piece "RuckZuck" from 1971, which translates (I think?) as "hurry up" or "do it quickly" - seems to make sense with John's description above.
That track is spelled with a capital 'z' as I think RockWrok is. Maybe that's the mispelling of the title John referred to??

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#12130 - Tue, 27 Sep 2005 05:26:00 Re: 'ROckwrok'
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Originally posted by birdsong:
That track is spelled with a capital 'z' as I think RockWrok is. Maybe that's the mispelling of the title John referred to??
Nope! It's spelt "ROckwrok," with the capital R O. In his interview (so far) with Jonas Warstad, Warren had this to say about the (mis)spelling:

"Regarding the unusual spelling of 'ROckwrok'... it was spelled that way simply because that's how John Foxx wrote out the song information for the sleeve, he wanted it spelled in that particular fashion. I can only presume he thought it looked better that way."

Mrs. X

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#12131 - Tue, 27 Sep 2005 16:04:00 Re: 'ROckwrok'
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Thanks, Mrs! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" />

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