#64 – Guitar Hero

14 01 2010

The bogan is reliably informed that successful rock bands get shitloads of drugs and groupies. The bogan wants these things. Working against its hopes in this instance are a general lack of creative talent, and an unwillingness to apply itself to a task that requires patience and dedication to excellence. Thanks to modern technology, an alternative to these years of glory-free learning has emerged on Playstation, replacing 6 strings and a couple of dozen frets with 5 large, brightly coloured buttons.

While Guitar Hero would seem to be a poor pathway to cocaine and pornstars, it provides the loud noises, flashing lights, and illusion of instant breathtaking skill that stimulates the reward centres in the bogan’s brain. This encourages it to play vigourously, and for extended periods. Raised on a stodgy diet of commercial radio, the bogan recognises a quarter of the songs available in the game’s menu and restricts itself solely to those, staying far longer on the comfortable beginner level than is necessary. This is due to its addiction to the approving roar of the digitised, unwitting crowd, and Aaron’s desire to beat Shane at the guitar solo in “Dammit” by Blink 182 for the 47th time.

The rise in bogan popularity of electronic and dance music in the past decade has made the bogan realise that these days, DJs get at least as many sluts and drugs as rockstars. More than guitar solos, the bogans’ new greatest love is loudly professing their desire to buy ‘some turntables, then go to op shops and buy a bunch of old vinyls’, so they can start scratching like Mixmaster Mike. The game developer behind Guitar Hero (Activision, owned by a French conglomerate that also controls the Universal music label) identified this, and set about stripping revenue from Ministry of Sound by releasing DJ Hero onto games consoles in late 2009.

The plastic guitar is swapped for a plastic turntable, with the bogan-trusted brightly coloured buttons positioned on the “record”. This summer, a bogan nest near you will be lurching to the stuttered sounds of “Around the World” by Daft Punk, as a team of bogans attempts to press their shiny DJ buttons in time with the music in order to become The Hero. The bogan male hopes that by beating its girlfriend or female acquaintance on Hollaback Girl, she will subsequently strip naked and produce a bag of last years designer drug. At the time of writing, there have been no reports of this actually occurring.


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119 responses

14 01 2010
Adam

Clutching at straws now.

14 01 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. Well, not LOL really. I’ll bow out of this one.

14 01 2010
Tone

I’d say the odds of there being a ‘Guitar Hero: Kings Of Leon’ being released just in time for Fathers Day this year are very high.

14 01 2010
Tubesteak

If you get 1,000,000 points in Guitar Hero you’re a FAG*

[*not to be mistaken for membership to the Film Actors Guild]

14 01 2010
Bec

Allow me to make seeping generalisations for a minute, but I’m yet to encounter a single gay guy who gave a shit about GH. It’s the super OTT douchebag straight ones, who try to mask the low self-esteem that inevitably arises from basing your self worth entirely on how manly you are. Yanno. As opposed to actually cultivating an integral and authentic personality. Said hyper-masculinity, coupled with anxious homophobia (which hilariously points to the super-inflated ego of the sort of narcissist who thinks that EVERY gay person must be attracted to them despite a glaring lack of personal merit) is what distinguishes the male bogan to his peers. Admire the vintage beer ads so lovingly framed on the games room wall: the rugged, masculine man has never been so easy to control by marketing and consumption.

14 01 2010
Bec

Not to say that the bogan gay doesn’t exist. He does, and he is smashing good fun.

14 01 2010
Tubesteak

Bec

It’s a south Park reference from the episode where Stan and Kyle got obsessed with GH and got 1000000 points and they reached “fag” level.

The Film Actors Guild reference should have made the SP link clear as that comes from another Parker-Stone creation.

However

having a few gay bogan friends they can be utterly hilarious trying to do the metro thing with American Crew, Aussie Bums and Lynx 😉

14 01 2010
Bec

Ah. See, I haven’t seen a new series of any show since roughly 2006. My experience with the gaybogue is that while grooming is a premium, their standard of dress is way more classic westie bogan (I.e. Stubbies and singlet).

14 01 2010
Lee

I seen the connection tubesteak, well done too!
“because that isn’t the FAG way……”

14 01 2010
Indi

Bec a ‘seeping generalisation’ is a brilliant, if perhaps unintentional, invention. One of those products in the esky that oozes through everything once the bag breaks.

14 01 2010
Bec

I was going to comment after that, but it does a great job summing up the overall quality of my post. Damn iPhones and their stupid little keypads being too small for my fat fingers…

14 01 2010
Indi

And now everything tastes of anchovies!

14 01 2010
Kris

Bec:
A “seeping” generalisation or a “sweeping” one…???

14 01 2010
John Vardanega

That quote still gets you 1,000,000 points bogan-cred, even if they don’t understand the reference (the enemy of my enemy, and all that).

14 01 2010
Jasper

The South Park episode about Guitar Hero nailed it.
Don’t they have an entire band set up on this game now? I seem to remember seeing a drum kit (with bright coloured buttons) in the window of the game store I walk past on the way to work.

14 01 2010
fnaah

Does “Dammit” even *have* a guitar solo?

14 01 2010
Ghengis

I don’t remember, but TBL is probably talking about the main riff

14 01 2010
brad

na killa 3 chord riff man

14 01 2010
berihebi

My wifey used wii fit to get back into her pre-baby weight

14 01 2010
Loftie

Ouch – This one cuts right to the bone for me….

I’m a big fan of Guitar Hero (but certainly not DJ Hero)….
Though I play ‘expert’ level… As opposed to the BOGANS that love beginner…

But yes, I have been known to be quite proud after belting out a lead or two (with no mistakes on expert)… and rightly so… its tough… 🙂

In actual fact though, I can and do play the ‘real’ guitar… and can play some of these songs for real on the guitar…

I play more for the entertainment value… and the fact that there are some songs that I can’t actually play on the ‘real’ guitar, but can on GH…

*(I’ve just read this back to myself… sounds like a defensive bogan to me!)*

Oh well… Sometimes the Truth Hurts!!

14 01 2010
Linda

Entertainment value? It’s four buttons! haha

14 01 2010
Loftie

Correction – 5 Buttons…

14 01 2010
Mark

I love Guitar Hero too. This is probably one of the few articles on that could also be on Stuff White People Like

14 01 2010
shurg123

I know what you mean Loftie. I’ve played ‘real’ guitar for 6 years and there are songs that I can play easily on ‘real’ guitar (Knights of Cydonia, Scream Aim Fire, BYOB, One, Sweet Home Alabama etc.) that I can’t finish on expert, and sometimes even on hard. Guitar Hero and real guitar are nothing alike really. The drums, on the other hand, are a lot more similar, for the simpler songs at least.

22 01 2010
dizzy

are u guys actually serious??! please tell me you’re taking the piss

14 01 2010
Peter

I was just about to mention that Wii resembles Guitar Hero for sports obsessed bogans. Although in the bogan’s case, ‘sports obsessed’ doesn’t necessarily mean actually playing sport.

14 01 2010
Mark

And for the bogans with no idea who Bad Religion, Butthole Surfers (though they LOL at the name) or Social Distortion are, there’s “Band Hero”, full of all the commercial goodness they recognize, like No Doubt and Blink 182

14 01 2010
M E Nelson Esq

Guitar Hero, played on the monster screen in the home theatre in the McMansion.
Due to the bogans short attention span, the Guitar Hero will soon be forgotten and left in the corner to collect dust as a pile of cash is wasted on the next expensive fad.

14 01 2010
Indi

Heaven forbid they should learn the guitar, of course.

14 01 2010
M E Nelson Esq

They do learn guitar…and then give it up just as quickly as they took it up. Why do you think pawn shops are full of used guitars?

Actually Pawn Shops / Cash Converters should be a TBL blog. Bogan Finance at its best.

14 01 2010
Indi

But as you say, rarely achieving skill enough to play a solo, let alone of their own devising.

14 01 2010
M E Nelson Esq

After learning the opening chords to ‘Smoke on the Water’, and playing them over and over and over again, all future interest in the guitar is lost forever…

14 01 2010
Indi

Understandably enough.

15 01 2010
Dazza from Nazza Wozza

“After learning the opening chords to ‘Smoke on the Water’, and playing them over and over and over again, all future interest in the guitar is lost forever”

And of course they get it wrong by strumming, when Richie Blackmore played it by plucking the strings individually at the same time.

14 01 2010
brad

drug converters

14 01 2010
Lana

Just when you thought it was bad that guitar hero came out…

Guess what? there is DJ Hero now…

We agree with Fiona on this one…probably should read top to bottom. It’s only 400 words, after all! – TBL

14 01 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. Did you actually READ the blog today? Or do you just have the abnormally short attention span of the average lesser person?

14 01 2010
Lana

Lesser person in what sense Fiona? lol Takes one to know one you know..

And yes i read and re read the blog- Thank you for inquiring tho 🙂

14 01 2010
jay

do you mean it folds up for easy storage?

14 01 2010
Shabadoo

OT, but I don’t know how to suggest things otherwise, but can TBL please do an entry on Swarovski Crystal, which seems to bedazzle every other wedding dress in the Sunday Telegraph’s horrifying weddings page?

And this story I think takes the cake for tipping the next horrible trend in boguette sexuality: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/jennifer-love-hewitt-vagazzles-her-private-parts/story-e6frewyr-1225819075927

14 01 2010
Indi

Tracy Ullman’s ‘Vaga-cizer’ sketch springs to mind. I’m know clearer on what she did with the crystal, and it all sounds dangerous. Hey kids, glass and insertive sexual practices don’t mix!

14 01 2010
AB

Jesus Christ. I just read the article. Has she lost her mind? Or just her dignity?

I have actually been to the place where they make Swarovski Crystal in Austria back in my wilder backpacking days (yes, we were so wild we visited crystal factories). It was pretty crass back then, but god knows what the good Austrians think now of their famous crystal being used as a vaginal decorator.

I am still bloody intrigued by this whole ‘vagazzled’ thing though. What sort of glue do they use? How close are her friends that they are willing to look at her ‘parts’ up close and personal AND decorate them? And wouldn’t it get rather itchy and uncomfortable. God, my mind is just spinning…..

14 01 2010
Lana

I can be you her story will make ACA when she gets an infection down there, and trys to sue Swarovski, for the trauma she suffered while using their crystals..

Yes just bogan wanting their 15 minutes of fame.. At any cost

14 01 2010
Lana

bet no be 😦 😦

14 01 2010
Shandarleeer

What’ll l’il Jenny Hewitt do next…..

14 01 2010
Right and proud

This article sums up, in a nutshell, all the things that appeal to the bogan: pornstars, loud noises, flashing lights, illusion, sluts, drugs and commercial radio. You managed to mention ALL of these things in the on article, well done!

Btw, a week or so back on the train I spotted the ultimate Bogan fashion item (insert drumroll): A Louis Vuitton………………………truckers’ cap! I kid you not.

Ok, I’m going to stick my head into the Louis Vuitton store right now, and see whether this is a genuine product on sale, or whether the bogan brought it back from Phuket.

Result: the only hat in the Collins Street store is a monogrammed bucket hat in brown leather. Phuket. TBL

14 01 2010
Sam

TBL – Was that a defence of LVMH?

Assembled in 3rd world + label sewn on in Europe = “Made in Europe” = $$$$$ = Bogan.

“Mo-eh” Champagne = Bogan

Hennesey Cognac = Gansta Rappa = Bogan

Yes and no. The quest for authenticity (instead of delusion) is a noble one in one sense. But on the other hand, everything in the LV store is overpriced and generally impractical. You’re right though, the LVMH juggernaut is a very effective bogan cash harvester. They’re able to get bogans to covet their brands so much, that they often build their entirely monthly expenditure around obtaining something with one of their brands on it. Marketing success. TBL

14 01 2010
jimmy

This post would be better suited to stuff white people like. Sure, some bogans like guitar hero, but it has a pretty broad appeal (not unintentionally). Most bogans I know are more interested into games like Modern Warfare 2, Halo 3 or Grand Theft Auto 4, if they’re into computer games at all, which is 50/50.

Surely there are much better subjects out there for TBL. What about The Krusty Demons, jetskis (or speedboats generally), drinking expensive spirits with cheap sugary mixers, TV shows about crime like CSI or border control, gold class movie theatres, designer dog breeds….

14 01 2010
Kris

Jimmy, those are GREAT suggestions!

Some more to add to the list TBL – you may want to consider:
1/ Internet Dating
(esp. rsvp.com, adultmatchmaker.com.au, oasisactive.com. redhotpie.com etc).

2/ Passing Off Their ‘Opinion’ (usually sourced from the Herald Sun) On Any Given Topic As The Ultimate Truth. (in other words no room nor time for any intelligent discourse or opposing opinion (!) on any topic they have an opinion on.

3/ Airconditioning

4/ Germs (fear of). On trams/public transport (!) – all of those Asians! that Avocado’s gone slightly brown – chuck it out!

5/ Property. (Incls talking about and/or buying and/or selling of)

6/ Talking about their Brazillian (!)

7/ Pre-Mix drinks/UDLs

14 01 2010
Frazer

Numbers 2 and 5 capture the bogan perfectly. The bogan justifies this infatuation with property by proclaiming that the property market has had record gains for the past 10-15 years. Therefore, concluding that property must continue to go up forever (without any fear of a reduction, if a reduction does occur, it feels it has been dealt a grave injustice and everyone else should be blamed), and every dollar that hasn’t been conspicuously consumed must be plunged into the property market. The bogan tends to believe that if something hasn’t occured in recent memory, then it won’t happen in the future.

14 01 2010
Bec

Add to that GHD straighteners, swarovski crystals, chain emails, and canvas slipons and you’re set.

14 01 2010
Army of birds

Germs, definitely. I watched a bogan female the other day at the fruit & vegetable shop selecting some brushed potatoes – she tore off a plastic bag from the roll, put it over her hand, and used this safely bagged hand to put potatoes into another plastic bag held in her other hand, before removing this safety bag from over her hand and dumping it on top of the remaining potatoes. Although maybe she was just worried she would gouge potato skin into her acrylic nails and didn’t want to have to scrape it out when she got home.

15 01 2010
Paddington

Perhaps she was buying unwashed Sebagos, which always have quite a bit of loose and caked-on dirt on them. Did you consider she might merely have been keeping the dirt off her hands for the rest of the shopping trip, so when she handled product from the fridge and freezer sections it didn’t turn to mud? However, if she was buying pre-washed spuds, I reckon I’d go along with your interpretation of germ-phobic. And possibly crazy. 🙂

14 01 2010
Tony

I thought bogans only played racing games? Still, Guitar Hero at big parties usually brings out some people’s “inner bogan”.

14 01 2010
jimmy

Racing games (arcade style) are popular with bogans, but I think first person shooters are the next big genre for bogan gaming. Most big ‘blockbuster’ style games targetted at bogans now are FPS, modern warfare 2 being the latest example (it was the highest grossing product in the history of the Australian entertainment industry!)

14 01 2010
Azza

I only really know kids with this game. I have had far more bogan experiences with Singstar than Guitar Hero. My flatmate use to sing Boy George all day (home alone) in order to get the high score. I use to come home from work and beat her in one go. lol.

The funniest is when people alter their voice in order to sound like the artist. It also embarrasses the hell out of me when people who can’t actually sing, think they can and get right into it!!

“Oh baby, love comes first” haha. Belinda Carlisle, ginger, forever in my heart!! lol. Im pretty sure its bogan to pay out gingers?? TBL this should definitely make the list!!

14 01 2010
Azza

Also, has anyone noticed the high number of ginger kids currently being used in advertising? Appealing to the masses using ginger kids. Not sure whether this is in good taste or bad. Kind of like the rivers ads. Everyone remembers them!!

14 01 2010
Indi

It’s cyclic, like which dogs are used for advertising. Last year, it was Jack Russells. It’ll be Asian-ish looking kids sometime soon.

14 01 2010
Lee

I had noticed that the ginger nuts had slowly been phased out for the affro wearing black girls.

14 01 2010
Frazer

It used to be kids with lithspsss (lisps), supposedly sounded cute.

14 01 2010
Bogan 101

And for the Bogette: Sing Star and its multiple compilations of 80s, 90s, Rock!, etc. music.

14 01 2010
Anonymous Bosch

… Except that DJ Hero was a massive financial failure for Activision. They manufactured 1.6 million of the damn turntables, expecting to sell them, and ended up with only 300,000 sold in the US after three months. Compare that to 12 million Guitar Heroes sold. No Bogan wants to be a DJ: it’s for Hipster Kids and Poofs.

14 01 2010
jimmy

No Bogan wants to be a DJ?

Are you kidding? Go to any dance festival these days, they are full of new age bogans dancing to house music.

They’re easy to spot – big shirtless muscly guys in oversized designer sunglasses, drinking from huge cans and dancing to roger sanchez, while furiously chewing their faces off after a big line of ice.

14 01 2010
Lana

No Bogan wants to be a DJ?

The bogan prides itself on remixing and adding the *DOOF DOOF* effect to any and every audible sound out now..

Want proof? commercial radio is all the proof needed..

15 01 2010
Dazza from Nazza Wozza

“The bogan prides itself on remixing and adding the *DOOF DOOF* effect to any and every audible sound out now”

The rot set in back in the early ’90s, with the likes of “Sesame’s Treet” by Smart E’s.

14 01 2010
Kris

I know Jimmy… !!! They ruined music festivals……. sob 😦

14 01 2010
h

ahahahahahahahahahahahah!!! So so so true. I was speaking to a new bogue the other day and he said “yeah, I don’t know many of the songs on guitar hero, there aren’t many good ones.”

I had to bite my tongue but I felt like saying
“Ever thought that they are good but you don’t think they are good as you haven’t heard them on nova or your latest ministry of sound CD?”

Douchebags love guitar hero, and I do know some actual guitarists that like a game or two but they definitely don’t take it as seriously as the douchebag does-the way they fling the console around like they are playing a real one indicates that sadly, they sometimes get swept away in the moment and think they are actually on stage.

14 01 2010
Toddo

Never under-estimate the power of a Bogan to learn how to play a real guitar. Take a visit to a couple of Guitar shops in Cannington W.A. and tell me that Bogans don’t have the discipline required for learning to play more than four coloured buttons.
Mind you, for every ‘shredder’ out there busting his licks with a hope of offering an interpretation of a Satriani or Steve Vai song to you-tube, there are 9 wannabess, who, as other post mentioned, learn smoke on the water, then hock their rig down at cashees. All the better for the discerning player like myself, who I must admit, has picked up a couple of nice axes from the above mentioned shops.
That said, I did spend 1.5 hrs with metholated spirits wiping all the sticky alchohol marks and ugly stickers off.

14 01 2010
James

Disagree. Playing guitar at that level requires “learnin’ ‘n shit” – bogan kryptonite. The bogan is perfectly happy belting out Holy Grail for the umpteenth time, and will rail coke on the good silver in return for a rendition of the hammer-on lick in Thunderstuck, let alone Satch Boogie or The Audience Is Listening.

14 01 2010
H of SA

I have been nailed! I used to love this game. I then realised that if I had spent the same amount of time I had on GH actually learning the guitar I would now be able to play a few basic songs. I have not played it much since, but then again I also gave up learning guitar and decided to try and improve at the instrument I already am competent with (get thy mind out of the gutter)

14 01 2010
Toddo

What’s with the whole over-use of the term ‘Douchebags’???
To describe the quintessential self obsessed character of the Bogan, I find the only apt terms are; Meathead, Prawn, Wombat, Dreamer, Clown, Boof-head and maybe Wingnut.

14 01 2010
Shandarleeer

When I grew up in the 80’s, in QLD, bogans were called Bevans – I’ve never heard it since though in Sydney or Melbourne? Did I imagine this, or was i living in a town so full of bogans they could not bear to speak the name?? Anyone in QLD still heard of the Bevans?

14 01 2010
Azza

Yes, I have heard of Bevan. However, to my anderstanding this is associated moreso with the car bogan!! The 26 year olds who drive around on a Thursdsay Night with their 17 year old GFs. Park it up in the local mall and have conversations like…. “Check owt me knew sub, yeah I saved up for it while my licence was supsended! Bruce, We heading down to the strip this weekend?”…. “Na mate, Red Rooster shift this weekend!”

14 01 2010
berihebi

Bevan is a bit like westie, superseded by the new bogan.

14 01 2010
Shandarleeer

That makes sense. In my day they were all 21 years old, driving purple and/or yellow Monaro’s and had 14 year old girlfriends who were likely to be cousins (only about 6 surnames in the whole valley) They didn’t bother with licence’s because they usually only drove around their parents cane farms or were related to the police. They probably have 6 fingered grandchildren doing the same now..

14 01 2010
M E Nelson Esq

A while back a Qld friend told me about Bevans. She also spend some of her childhood in Canberra, where they were referred to as Boonies. Anyone else heard of this?

14 01 2010
shazza

When I lived in Canberra is was Booners.

14 01 2010
M E Nelson Esq

I stand corrected. Still, Bevans and Booners…to think that there were 2 Australian cricketers with the same/similar names around at the same time these monikers were popular. Scary. For the cricketers.

14 01 2010
Ghengis

Deros took over in the mid-late 2000s (shortly after emos died out)

14 01 2010
Anonymous Bosch

Yep, Booners was the word in the 80’s and 90’s in Canberra. And Bevans made it as far south as Sydney, because a friend who moved here used to call them that all the time.

Unfortunately, he one refused to play football, saying it was a such a ‘Bevan’ thing to do, and was dragged in front of the Sports Mistress, who Wanted To Know The Meaning Of It. Turns out her first name was Bevan. Who knew?

15 01 2010
Paddington

*laugh* @ Anonymous Bosch

14 01 2010
shazza

Much to my shame I didn’t cut out a letter to the editor in last weeks Sunday Times (WA). The author was a genuine old school bogan, and went in to some detail as to the origin of the term. According to him it’s birth was in WA. He was lamenting with a high level of bogan agro, the misuse of the term. He would be most outraged at the suggestions of boganism on this site.

Perhaps TBL I shall try to find it, it really was priceless to read an old school bogan defending his sub culture with such ferocity and pride.

14 01 2010
Toddo

The Old school Bogans demise came about when persons of similar “Stuff You!” attitude ie; “what are looking looking at??” concluded that it is silly to venture out wearing black levis and a flannel shirt in summer. Especially in Perth.
The Old school attitude of selfishness, agro, and incapacity to stretch ones mental horizon behond the lyrics of an ACDC song, is still there, but these days it has evolved, and it doesn’t matter if you surf, work in I.T., drive a bright yellow japanese four cylinder car, or work as a hair dresser (all old school no-nos) You can still be a Bogan.

14 01 2010
Smithy

This is the letter from Sunday Times, 09/01. And no I didn’t copy this, have access to text versions. I grew up in Bogansville WA. The term ‘bog’ was widely used in when I was in high school in the late 80s/early 90s. Not sure if it originated in WA or whether it transferred from Vic. Hard to say – plenty of cross-pollination between the two states.

Sepps tarnish image of true-blue bogans

I ’M sick to death of the stereotype and faise definition of the word bogan that is used today. So I have written this letter to set things straight.

THE TRUE DEFINITION A true-blue bogan is an amalgamation of “bog” and “man” from the mid- ’80s.

It is a native WA word from the eastern suburbs of Perth, from Bayswater to Midland, but now has been adopted by the rest of the country.

Bogans evolved from the old bodgie and widgie of the 50s and 60s and than evolved into “bogs” during the lOs up to the 80s.

Bogans did wear red and black-checked flannelettes, black T-shirt, black jeans, black DBs, listened to Australian 80s rock and hung in a group or gangs, but by the 90s true bogans had disappeared.

THE FALSE DEFINITION Today ’s definition of a bogan, started by the yuppies depicts them as typically residing in a low-cost housing estate, government housing or in outlying regional areas, having a pronounced lack of dress sense in social situations, a lack of personal hygiene, and lunching during the day before continuing on to the local Centrelink office to receive the hard-earned cash of the taxpaying public.

This wIlbe foliowed by ajourney to the moat convenient bottle shop to purchase 30-can cartons of beer.

Also included in this purchase is the all-important packet of cigarettes.

Well we already had a slang word for these types of people yobbos.

Today ’s term, a new slang, is sepps, from septics or seppos. Once again it started in WA, in 2000, but has not yet caught on in eastern Australia.

So stop using the word bogan and refer to these people as sepps.

GEORGE COPLEY. Ashfield

14 01 2010
Beck

I thought “septics” was short for rhyming slang: septic tank, slang for Yank.

15 01 2010
shazza

Thankyou Smithy. The fact this bogan took time to write a letter to the editor of a newspaper, and said paper printed it, is astounding. Also provides some historical context within which to place modern bogue behaviours.

7 02 2010
Claire

Ha! How appropriate that the word originates from Bayswater to Midland, which has got a high bogan population. The authors “False Definition” also accurately describes the main characteristics of said population. Hilarious…

14 01 2010
Ghengis

I don’t know, but in the ACT, they used to have “Booners”, but it seems to have been replaced with “Deros” and occasionally “Bogans”.

14 01 2010
brad

bogan has always been a term of refrence for a certain type of person/behaviour in Victoria seems like its become universal around Aus now,just like everything else that we export too the colonies

14 01 2010
Lee

All I ever knew was “westie” and hadn’t even heard of bogan untill I met someone from Melbourne.
Where I grew up there was a spastic school ( for want of a better way to put it ) called Westhaven and as kids it was considered an insult to call your mate a “westie”.
Moved to sydney and started freaking out with everybody calling me a westie when in fact they were ( still harassing me none the less ) talking about my flanno and such.

14 01 2010
brad

remember meeting like minded flannel wearing metal heads on the gold coast,holidaying with parents as a teenager;They were from West Sydney and proclaimed themselves as proud westies,vic girl staying at same apartments(inner east princess) informed them they were just bogans,we all laughed and agreed westie sounded cooler,shame we lived in the east-

14 01 2010
Paddington

Yes; I’m familiar with “bevan” as a catch-all term for what we now know as a bogan. I do recall “bevan” pertaining to the more vehicle-oriented such as those with souped up Ford, especially Monaros, Escorts, Commodores and Falcons. I also remember the term “townies”, denoting those who wore stonewash jeans, ugg boots or black rubber thongs, and flannies. With a mullet, of course. They hung around the centre of town, and outside gaming parlours/pool halls/late night takeaways/dodgy nightclubs they couldn’t get into because they didn’t meet the dress code.

14 01 2010
Paddington

Bugger. I cut some of my post and didn’t reread. Should be:
“… souped up Fords and Holdens, especially Monaros, Escorts, Commodores and Falcons …” Sorry to be a pedant, but it’s like a burr under a blanket.

14 01 2010
Beck

And Toranas!

14 01 2010
Kylie

I remember Bevans from when I was a young ‘un in Queensland. Haven’t heard the term in years though. It probably was the Queensland equivalent for Bogan until the bogan scourge took over nationally.

14 01 2010
Linda

prawn is my favourite! hahaha

14 01 2010
Bec

I always thought that prawn referred to a person of either gender with a great, fit body but a totes fug face?

14 01 2010
Army of birds

That would be a butterface, in the current lexicon.

15 01 2010
Indi

Paper bag job

14 01 2010
Kris

add to the list ‘Munter’ (for our NZ readers) and ‘Muzza’ (for when in Melbourne)

14 01 2010
Sam

Douchebags is a yank term and should be left that way.

14 01 2010
Loftie

I’m even more cut to the bone about this post….

1) I love Guitar Hero
2) I am a bogan (at least 10 of the blogs here relate to me directly
3) My name is Aaron

This is scary…. 🙂

14 01 2010
Azza

Mate, I was scared right back at the beginning when they said they overheard Aaron saying “Im not racisct but…..”!! My heart sank and I thought, na couldn be me, surely!! haha

14 01 2010
west_melb_anitbogan

my 16 y.o. daughter and her mates all play guitar hero, all from the comfort of the Leather Ottoman couch. Same with Wii. None of them get up to play it, even the tennis.

Really quite funny considering they are all into the local surf club and are all very active.

Swarovski Crystals – haha lol – now that is a bogan fashion worth a blog.

14 01 2010
14 01 2010
Lauren

My favourite encounter with a GH bogan was when he told me he wasn’t going out as he had to paint his guitar. I hadn’t realised he played which is when I wastold he was painting his GH guitar. I think I offended him when I laughed for ten minutes straight

14 01 2010
Peter

That Ed Hardy custom git is somewhat challenging…

14 01 2010
Paddington

Bugger; in my haste I posted this on the formal living areas entry, but it warrants a repost anyway: http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2010/01/11/graveside-wedding/
Is nothing sacred?

14 01 2010
toony

More hillbilly than bogan, and besides, ‘sacred’ is the domain of the bible-basher. 😉

14 01 2010
Paddington

Ouch. Methinks you need a junior dictionary, toony. Something can be sacred without being linked to Christianity, otherwise how does the other 2/3rds of the world get on. Imagine. Also, it doesn’t even have to be linked to a religion, full-stop. But then, it’s much more fun to jump to conclusions!

14 01 2010
Beck

Hillbilly? Since when did Australia have hillbillies? Anyway, just because these guys are wearing cowboy hats doesn’t mean they aren’t bogans, just like wearing designer brands doesn’t preclude you from boganity. Possible evidence of boganity: 1. The names of the girls from the boganshee’s second marriage. 2. Releasing white balloons in the shape of doves. 3. Getting married in a cemetery because you want something different. 4. Getting married in a cemetery because you want your dead relatives to be there; never mind that you’re trampling over the graves of other families’ loved ones who are buried in the same area. 5.The choice of wedding songs. Point to ponder: Should the theme to the Brady Bunch ever be played among graves? 6. Having the local rag come out and do a piece on the whole debacle.

15 01 2010
Deboganator

Yes, I think it’s time for #65 Wedding Ceremonies in Weird Places. There’s medium-boganity marriage ceremonies (e,g, at the beach) and high-boganity ones (like people who get married while skydiving).

14 01 2010
Army of birds

I don’t think bogans would want to buy their vinyls from op shops. Op shops represent everything the bogan doesn’t aspire to. They’d get their records through the instant gratification of Buy It Now purchases on eBay – $29.95 for the Kings of Leon LP! Sweet as, mate!

14 01 2010
Kylie

Would bogans even want vinyl at all? Surely they’d be all into shiny, new CDs. Although I totally agree that they’d love the Buy It Now option on ebay. Why pick up a Top 40 CD at some chain store for $20 when you can buy it on the high-tech interwebz for $29.95 + postage. I definitely see them following that logic.

14 01 2010
Beck

I adore the look on Bill Gates’s face in the main pic. Yep; he’s owning his geekdom.

14 01 2010
brad

looks like slash has slipped him some gear!

15 01 2010
Tristram

I work with some CUB’s and recently one of them mentioned some mates were going to go around to his place on the weekend and have a ‘jam’ session and play some guitar. I was suspicious because up until this time he had never shown any interest in playing an instrument, between his boxing, gym and visits to High Point shopping centre in his nissan skyline he seemerarely had the time.

I investigated this a bit further and eventually he admitted that the ‘jam session’ actually consisted of playing GH, after I eventually calmed down and regained my breath from unrestrained laughter he, for some unknown reason, didn’t want to discuss it any further. After that he never mentioned it again, although he has since gone into great detail about completing ‘Assasins Creed’ and various FPS on his PS2.

18 01 2010
hel

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I have DJ Hero and I love it! But only because I am trying to be ironic!

15 07 2013
Real racing 3 pc version

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We mainly fend off enemies with a variety of tactics and
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With over a million apps in the App Store, sometimes it’s a little hard to find which ones to download.

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