#73 – M.I.A.’s ‘Paper Planes’

28 01 2010

Mathangi Arulpragasam is a 34 year old woman of Tamil origin, who spent 9 of her first 11 years in Sri Lanka and Southern India, on the run because her father was involved in Tamil militancy and civil war. In 1986, she arrived in England as a refugee alongside her mother and brother, and Mathangi learned English while living on a council estate in South London. Bogans would not approve of this story.

Whether it’s beating them up at train stations, running out of their taxis without paying, or just general derision, there is a significant number of bogans who simply do not like “curries”. It believes that curries smell bad, want to steal its job, and listen to stupid high pitched music that isn’t their own stupid, high-pitched music. When the white bogan is in the club, it would rather be surrounded by other white bogans, and listen to sick songs like M.I.A’s ‘Paper Planes’.

As evidenced in the video, the bogan appeal of the song is clear. While the repetitive melody and lyrics make things easier for the bogan when it is on the dancefloor, by far the most important thing that Paper Planes provides the bogan is the chance to shape its hand into a pistol of some sort, and pretend that it is firing a gun. And not just once or twice, but the bogan can fire its imaginary gun 48 TIMES during the song. This appeals to the bogan’s desire to feel close to Underbelly. Now that it’s firing its gun 48 times in the club, it is more like Underbelly than ever before. The bogan feels empowered, dangerous, and desirable.

With its focus exclusively on waiting for the next chorus – and certainly with no intention of listening to anything else M.I.A. ever recorded – the bogan’s attention strays during the parts in between. The bogan does not realise that Mathangi Arulpragasam’s lyrics during this time include phrases such as “third world democracy”, and that Arulpragasm’s music is highly political. To quote the lady herself, the song is “about people driving taxicabs all day and living in a shitty apartment and ‘appearing’ really threatening to society. But not being so…I wanted to see if I could write songs about something important and make it sound like nothing. And it kind of worked.” Indeed, the bogan is utterly oblivious that it is being entertained by an activist curry refugee.

A group of bogans later exit the club, they are feeling strangely energised from the dozen Jager bombs, and also from animatedly discharging their dancefloor weapons 48 times in the space of three and a half minutes. They need an outlet. Up ahead, they spy an Indian student who appears to be carrying a laptop bag…


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211 responses

28 01 2010
Lee

I reckon she’s hot, for a curry.

28 01 2010
Bogue

Bogan Josh

28 01 2010
Lee

*chuckles*

29 01 2010
Glenn Beck

Ha! You crazee for this one Lee!

28 01 2010
Tone

The first example I think of when discussing this phenomenon is ‘My People’ by The Presets. As most of us know, it’s actually a protest song against the Howard era policies relating to the detention of asylum seekers. It doesn’t stop the bogans from dancing to it, though.

28 01 2010
Chris of South yarra

all songs have some meaning ,it doesn’t mean you should sit down take a minute and work out what the lyrics actually mean instead of dancing and it seems M.i.a can’t get away from her past , has anyone seen her twitter page ? shes right but she has some messed up pics…

28 01 2010
Kris

Actually Tone, now that you mention it, I think the Presets deserve an TBL entry in their own right.

Discuss.

28 01 2010
Tone

That’s probably more for a TBL Retro Special: “Things Bogans Liked In 2007”.

28 01 2010
Kimba

I reckon it would be more like “Things that people liked in 2007 and have only just been discovered by bogans in 2010.”

2 05 2010
Johnny

Not sure this one will be as successful with the bogan.

http://www.miauk.com/

28 01 2010
hindustan

he’s the one, who like all the pretty songs, and he likes to sing along, and he likes to shoot his gun, but he don’t know what it means…

28 01 2010
Lis

The bogans won’t know that one. They’ll only know Smells Like Teen Spirit.

28 01 2010
Tubesteak

Good to see someone quoting a song I know.

I have no idea who this musician is and have never heard the song.

But I applaud their effort and attempt at creating irony.

Now all we need is for people that are in on the joke to start pointing and laughing…..

Oh wait……. Here we are, now, entertain us!

28 01 2010
Anonymous Bosch

Bogans know it. It’s one of the tracks in ‘Rock Band’.

I wish critics would stop claiming Nirvana as some kind of ‘triumph’ of the alternative. All the bogans who had Bon Jovi and Poison albums at the start of high school all had Pearl Jam and Nirvana albums at the end of it.

28 01 2010
Tubesteak

Just because bogans like it doesn’t mean it loses cred. If Nirvana didn’t popularise alternative rock there would have been nothing to listen to in the 90s.

28 01 2010
Lee

Well noted hindustan, may I add?
Im worse at what I do best and for this gift I feel blessed……………

26 11 2010
Ash - Corporate Lawyer cum Lingerie Model

I miss the comfort of being sad, for there is nothing I could say that I haven’t found before.

28 01 2010
Kimba

Too true, if any bogan were to hear any other recording by M.I.A. the inevitable question would be “What the F*@k is this shit?” Congrats once again TBL for highlighting bogan hypocrisy.

28 01 2010
Indi

Or the preciousness and futility of using music to ‘send a message’.

28 01 2010
Bogue

The only message I see being sent in that filmclip is “hey yo, yo, buy ma motherfockin’ music y’aaaall, lest I pop a cap in ya ass”.

28 01 2010
stephen

what a hoot!! It’s similar to bogans appropriating Fortunate Son after Forest Gump came out etc etc etc. Brilliant writing by the way!!!!!

29 01 2010
Glenn Beck

Forrest Gump deserves its own entry

28 01 2010
Loftie

Maybe thats a post for another day – Ignorance of Songs/Lyrics…

There are so many that come to mind…

Rock the Casbah is my favourite….

“Sharleen Goes Lightning??”….. “Rock the Casbah, Rock the Casbah”

Hahahah…

does anyone actually know what is said there? hhehhe

28 01 2010
Matty

“The Sharif won’t like it”

28 01 2010
Bogue

Sharif don’t like it?

28 01 2010
Lis

Sharia.

28 01 2010
Bogue

Who’s Sharia?

28 01 2010
Tone

To go off topic for a moment, that was a great music video. The armadillo, the Sheik in that Cadillac, The Clash performing in front of that oil well. Pure gold!

28 01 2010
Lis

Not who, what. It’s an Arabic word meaning path. Used to describe Islamic way of life and law. Who knows what Mick Jones was thinking when he wrote it.

28 01 2010
Jasper

Wasn’t it a statement regarding the westernisation of arabic culture due to oil money?
Seeing the Sheik in a Cadiallac and thinking “Sharia won’t like it”
That’s always been my take on the song anyway

28 01 2010
Joey Joe Joe

point of order, this song was written by Topper Headon and was originally about his girlfriend at the time. He presented it to Joe Strummer who said “great song Topper” before proceeding to change the lyrics and meaning of the song entirely. So yeah Mick Jones didn’t write it.

Also interesting to note that M.I.A’s ‘Paper Planes’ samples (quite heavily) The Clash’s ‘Straight to Hell’, a song also from Combat Rock and in my opinion the best on the album.

Cheers.

9 02 2010
Jarrrydd

Nice attempt at cultural studies but Bogue’s right. It’s “The Sharif don’t like it.” The sharif is the dude in charge of Moroccan towns like the medina in which the Casbah lies.

28 01 2010
Tone

Not to mention the ‘warm smell of Doritos’ in Hotel California.

28 01 2010
Loftie

Another great misunderstood lyric:

Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
“You might as well face it your a dick with a glove…”

28 01 2010
Bogue

Loftie…no-one has ever mistake “Might as well face it you’re addicted to love” for that.

28 01 2010
Indi

“You’re a dickhead to love”, surely.

28 01 2010
Simon

I prefer Lofties version though. My dad always thought The Bangles song Our Lips are Sealed was about a seal called alex.

28 01 2010
T-Mac

RE Simon: it was The Go Gos who did Our Lips Are Sealed.

And to continue the theme, here are some of my favourite misheard lyrics. Try and guess which songs they’re from:
“There’s a bathroom on the right”
“Don’t eat your breakfast”
“Carry my bags, carry my bags, carry my bags”
“Unleaded, unleaded, unleaded, unleaded…” etc
“It’s too bad you’re making me Demazin”

29 01 2010
Erin

I don’t know any of those, or am too tired to figure them out. But for years, I thought Beat It went “no one wants to eat the fetus”.

Seriously.

4 04 2010
Cara

Oh my gosh, I’ve read all the blog entries up to this one, and this comment made me laugh harder than anything I’ve read in the TBL posts. I cried I laughed so hard. Thanks Erin.

28 01 2010
StuManChu

Spiderbait did a cover of “Alex the Seal”.

19 04 2010
Edna Focke-witte

roger.

I had that on a B-side but I don’t seem to be able to find it anywhere now…
any clues?

31 01 2010
brad

hold me closer Tony Danza by Elton John

28 01 2010
Lee

Perhaps loftie has?

28 01 2010
Bogue

Well, that would be embarrassing, especially given that the song is not entitled “A Dick with a Glove”. A dickhead to love sounds closer, both taking into consideration commercial radio’s love of playing songs loaded with profanities.

28 01 2010
Olly

My favourite was Ronald Reagan using ‘born in the USA’ as a campaign theme tune, little understanding the song was a scathing critique of the country

28 01 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. Not as bad as the bogans love of “Khe Sanh” – a song about a disaffected veteran who can’t wait to leave small-minded, parochial (i.e., bogan) Australia…

28 01 2010
Sten

And if they knew anything about the Vietnam War, they’d know there were no Australian troops within 100km of Khe Sanh.

The sight and sound of Bogans belting it out at my Local on ANZAC Day never fails to make me snigger.

28 01 2010
Tone

Which makes so much more sense when you look at the album cover for ‘Born In The USA’. It was taken in such a way to make it look as though Bruce Springsteen is pissing on the American flag.

28 01 2010
Paul

I think Reagan did that deliberately, acknowledging that rednecks would misunderstand it. It’s nice to appropriate a lefty protest song and turn its effect around 180 degrees.

RIP Ronald Reagan, the greatest President ever!

29 01 2010
Glenn Beck

LOL! He did not do that deliberately! Nice bit of historical revisionism though.

28 01 2010
Simon

Think also of Neil Young’s Rockin in the Free World. Another scathing song about America which the rednecks lose their shit over and start waving their flags and hugging one another.

28 01 2010
Matty

“I…wanna rock and roll and night…and part of everyday…”

28 01 2010
FT

“Cheap wine and a three legged goat” was my fave 🙂

28 01 2010
Pete

“It’s a long way….to the shops…if you want a sausage roll…..”

11 03 2010
BlindSquirrel

“Scuse me while I kiss this guy”

28 01 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. It’s “Sharia don’t like it”. A reference to Sharia Law imposed in many Muslim countries.

28 01 2010
Bogue

Really? I’m sure it’s a bogan girls name.

28 01 2010
Lis

No doubt it will be soon – they wouldn’t realise it’s a core concept of Islam.

28 01 2010
Tone

I know that if my surname was ‘Law’, i’d name my firstborn daughter ‘Sharia’. And I’m not that much of a bogan, really.

28 01 2010
Linda

It’s shareef I thought?

28 01 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. Well you were wrong. Consider yourself corrected.

28 01 2010
Linda

For years I have been singing shareef! haha!

I had no idea you knew the words well Fiona. Good work for a bogue song 😉

28 01 2010
Indi

Gracious as ever. And wrong.

9 02 2010
Jarrrydd

Bogue and Linda are right.

Indi and Fiona of Toorak are wrong.

The sharif is the head man in Moroccan villages (medinas) like the one where the casbah is being rocked.

The sharif don’t like it.

Also, he don’t like people who replace him with “sharia.”

9 02 2010
Indi

Fiona was wrong, that was my post.

9 02 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. I am NEVER wrong. The Clash were wrong. As were the people who named them “Sharifs”.

9 02 2010
Indi

But always tedious.

9 02 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. Indeed you are.

9 02 2010
Loftie

In 1982 the British London-based punk rock group The Clash released the single “Rock the Casbah”, about Iran’s outlawing of music, particularly disco.

The song gives a fabulist account of a ban on rock music by the Sharif or King being defied by the population, who proceed to “rock the casbah”. The King orders jet fighters to bomb any people in violation of the ban. The pilots ignore the orders, and instead play rock music on their cockpit radios

The song′s lyrics feature various Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, and Sanskrit loan-words, such as sharif, bedouin, sheikh, kosher, rāga, muezzin, minaret, and casbah.

– lifted from Wikipedia – for what that is worth…

9 02 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. In other words, not much.

9 02 2010
Bogue

Woo! I win at internets again.

9 02 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. It’s interesting that there is a whole topic about “The Clash” but none of you lesser people have brought up the fact that “Paper Planes” is largely sampled from “Straight to Hell”.

Which is, of course, where I wish you’d all go to.

9 02 2010
Indi

Pay attention, dear.

28 01 2010
Going bogue

I do have to say that, based on the geographical locations of most “curry bashings” (e.g. Footscray), there’s a good chance that many are being perpetrated by other ethnic
minorities (see: wogs and chinks). An inner-city bashing on the weekend even had a “multi-cultural” flavour to it, though most of the perpetrators were allegedly of Asian appearance.

Who ever said bogans had to be white? – TBL

28 01 2010
Linda

I agree TBL. I know a bogan of Indian descent.

28 01 2010
Bogue

After reading this article, I think I know of one of Tamil descent.

28 01 2010
Massiveguns

I saw a Vietnamese bloke with a “if you don’t love it leave shirt” on the 25th. He was walking out of the Adelaide Advertiser building. Clearly, he and their family did not love Saigon. Stick to ya principles I say.

28 01 2010
Bogan 101

There should be a list of songs that Bogan fail to understand and yet list them as their ‘favorites’. “99 Red Balloon” would have to be among them!

19 03 2010
Steve

Too be fair, 99 Luftballons is in German.

28 01 2010
BOGAN POWER

Get your facts right….most “curry bashing” incidents have been carried out by non-whites – not by the white, working-class Australians whom you despise so much.

E.g. the latest incident in Melbourne where a couple of Indians got
bashed ‘n’ slashed was courtesy of a gang of Asian “youths”.

Another fact – pretty much all the anti-curry incidents in Harris Park in Western Sydney last year were done by Lebanese youths…they don’t like the influx of Indians into “their” turf.

The “racism” of White Australians, included the dreaded bogans, pales into insignificance compared to that of our ethnic brothers. You middle-class, over-educated wankers need to get out of your inner-city ghettos and experience a bit of real life…

If you must slander the bogans, at least stick to things they are actually guilty of, e.g. tasteless T Shirts and bad hairstyles, OH THE HORROR OF IT ALL!!!

28 01 2010
Bogue

I didn’t know ‘White Australian’s’ were a race that required capital letters…I thought it was merely a generic description.

28 01 2010
west_melb_anitbogan

Thats right. Its always the “others” never the WHITE AUSTRALIANS (shouted of course).

Here’s a hint, bogans come in all shapes sizes, colours, and races. Many of the “others” you point at are Australian, by citizenship, or born here.

No need to feel so insecure and threatened, but I suppose your post shows that these “others” aren’t the right type of Australian, you know WHITE AUSTRALIAN.

You show classical bogan traits of “just not getting it”

Carry on……

28 01 2010
shazza

The final insulting refrain from the true bogan is always to tell others with whom they don’t agree to ‘get a life’. As if the bogan lifestyle is one we should all aspire to. The inherent irony being it is the middle class life style they claim to despise while concurrently trying to emulate.

28 01 2010
James

Lebanese can be bogans too. In fact, most of the bogans I see in Canberra look Mediterranean. Try walking down Northbourne Avenue from Civic to Downer and check out all the rat-tails.

In any case, “Some white people might be racist but other races are more racist” is a retarded way to argue against racism.

28 01 2010
Bogue

Which reminds me, where’s the thread on TBL ‘Kickboxing’ or ‘UFC’?

29 01 2010
Glenn Beck

I’m a UFC fan but it is so bogan I can’t be dismissed,

You need an MMA article!

28 01 2010
Frazer

“get out of our inner-city ghettos and experience a bit of real life”.
Holiday to Bali anyone? I’m on a search to find the alpha bogan, perhaps he could show me the path to a ‘real life’ or the ‘real world’, as such wisdom seems to be inherently bogan.

28 01 2010
Kris

Bogan Power: I think you misunderstand the definition of a bogan, it’s less about one’s colour/cultural background and more about a state of mind.

In short: bogans come from all and many cultural backgrounds.

A bogan is as a bogan does

28 01 2010
Tone

“A bogan is as a bogan does”. Which usually means “as little as possible unless I’m trying to get a root”.

28 01 2010
Loftie

Where for art thou fair maiden Fiona???

28 01 2010
Bogue

I don’t think they listen to that electro-tripe in Toorak, a bit of Handel or Bach perhaps. Mind you, ‘they’ don’t listen to it in my humble abode either.

28 01 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. I’ve never even heard of this song before. I just listened to it on YouTube. It’s crap. As expected.

28 01 2010
Jodie

“Wherefore” means why, not where. Not a personal attack, Loftie, it just bugs me when people misuse that quote.

28 01 2010
BOGAN POWER

Re my comment above – just a couple of questions, if I may:

Does sneering about “bogans”, with their absolutely APPALLING habits and their TERRIBLE lack of taste, make you feel better about yourself? Does it give you a nice, warm feeling of superiority? LAH-DI-DAH!

This blog is nothing more than a good old-fashioned outporing of class-hatred and snobbery. You are upholding an ancient and truly dishonourable traditon….

Well, continue wallowing in your feelings of superiority and smugness if it makes you feel better. I’m sure the “bogans” don’t give a fuck what a bunch of precious wankers like you think.

PS – you’re also cowards – you wouldn’t dare to make a blog satirising the disagreeable habits of any other group in society. White, working-class people however are fair game and safe targets. You’re really quite comtemptible….

28 01 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. Well said! I 100% agree: “…working-class people however are fair game…”

28 01 2010
Bogue

I’m afraid there’s just as many non-bogan white working class out there as there are middle class bogans, so you’ve got a few flaws in your rant. It’s blissfully bogan out here in Adelaide’s North Western suburbs too, but it doesn’t make me want to embrace being a dickhead either.

Yes, therte’s plenty of cultural cringe on here, but ultimately it’s a bit of fun. Occasionally it’s educational too.

28 01 2010
Kris

“Does sneering about “bogans”, with their absolutely APPALLING habits and their TERRIBLE lack of taste, make you feel better about yourself?”

Yes.

“Does it give you a nice, warm feeling of superiority? LAH-DI-DAH!”

Yes.

28 01 2010
Tone

Or, to translate into Boglish: “shit yeah, you fuckin’ pov!”

28 01 2010
BOGAN POWER

Does sneering about “bogans”, with their absolutely APPALLING habits and their TERRIBLE lack of taste, make you feel better about yourself?”

Yes.

“Does it give you a nice, warm feeling of superiority? LAH-DI-DAH!”

Yes.

Clearly, you suffer from feelings of inadequacy and compensate by sneering at others. Or perhaps it’s your way of coping with an empty, meaningless life. Seek help.

28 01 2010
Tone

Harden the fuck up, BP.

28 01 2010
James

That’s right, put it in terms they understand.

BP, its just a bit of fun mate. We just wanna have a laugh eh.

28 01 2010
west_melb_anitbogan

You are a pussy BP.

Join us in sneering at the bogan or be sneered at if you are one.

And I agree with this:

Does sneering about “bogans”, with their absolutely APPALLING habits and their TERRIBLE lack of taste, make you feel better about yourself?”

Yes.

“Does it give you a nice, warm feeling of superiority? LAH-DI-DAH!”

Yes.

28 01 2010
Tubesteak

Sneering is just my outward expression of distaste at devolution.

Unfortunately it’s all I can do as the devolved have exceeded critical mass and are dragging society under the weight of their groaning mediocrity to it’s inevitable demise.

28 01 2010
Jodie

Or maybe, just maybe, some of us are sick to death of mediocrity and conformity being seen as desirable. Perhaps we have grown tired of living in a world where celebrities and sportsmen are seen as more worthy than thinkers and artists. Perhaps we want to scream every time we access media only to be told to stop feeling and thinking and just consume, consume, consume. This blog gives us an outlet.

28 01 2010
Jodie

Amen, tubesteak.

28 01 2010
hourbyhour

If Bogans hadn’t taken it upon themselves to intrude upon we average citizens’ daily life in the most relentless and crass manner possible, we’d all go back to doing our favourite thing in the world: going about our own business unmolested.

Sadly, not a day passes when that bygone pleasure is systematically destroyed by some Ed Hardy-clad cretin who takes it upon themselves to impress their FUN AND TOTALLY EXTREME INDIVIDUALITY upon us.

This website is nothing but a consequence of that.

28 01 2010
Kris

“Or maybe, just maybe, some of us are sick to death of mediocrity and conformity being seen as desirable.”
Yes.

“Perhaps we have grown tired of living in a world where celebrities and sportsmen are seen as more worthy than thinkers and artists.”
Yes

“Perhaps we want to scream every time we access media only to be told to stop feeling and thinking and just consume, consume, consume.”
Yes

“This blog gives us an outlet.”
I concur

28 01 2010
Nelson Esq

I’m a bit late coming in on the blog today, folks. I love all your anti bogan responses to our friend BOGAN POWER which has left me very little for me to add as a retort!

BP, we love this site. Yes, we have fun when we bitch about bogans, but when it provokes a reaction like yours, allowing us to continue goading people like you, it makes our day! Thank you for your contribution. Really.

28 01 2010
Bec

Lol, most sensitive!

29 01 2010
Glenn Beck

Clearly you suffer from feelings of superiority.

28 01 2010
Linda

LOL.~!

28 01 2010
shazza

“you wouldn’t dare to make a blog satirising the disagreeable habits of any other group in society”.
Look at top right, you’ll note Goth’s are fair game too.

28 01 2010
Gav

If you don’t love it (the blog) leave it..

28 01 2010
Frazer

That’s great Gav.

28 01 2010
Sten

I’m a white, working-class (very working-class… my salary is way below the national average. Most Bogans probably earn more than me) person… though I’m sure the Eastern Suburbs set would probably look at me and think “Bogan” as quickly as Bogans often look at me and think “Wanker”…

Ah, the trials of being caught in the middle… neither one thing nor the other, but sharing traits with both. Oh well, I’m off to bed… no doubt tomorrow night I’ll be choking down monstrous amounts of domestic beer while listening to pub rock and discussing such diverse things as the merits of Socialism and the current state of the NRL (GO THE EELS!).

If I’m lucky, I might even end up quietly chuckling about the tossers in Ed Hardy gear whining about wogs while scarfing down their kebabs. The irony of it all kills me sometimes (in a metaphorical sense, of course…

At least, at the end of the night, I’ll be able to have a laugh at myself, too.

30 01 2010
StuManChu

Bogan Power, you’re my hero! So Brave standing up to these hipster cowards, you with those biting posts of yours. Hold me in those Southern Cross tattoo’d arms, so sticky with Bundy & Coke. Do me like that chick from the footy trip… you know, all 8 of you…

5 02 2010
Helen

Just a question, but what would you call an upper class bogan?

You know the ones…. grow up in South Yarra and Toorak, go to all the best schools, have their parents pay their way through life, and basically turn out as bogan as a westie (some are more bogan).

5 02 2010
Simon

I would think Bogan is Bogan but perhaps a sub-genre of Advantaged Bogan (AB).

5 02 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. “Mythical”.

Surely that sort of thing doesn’t happen?

5 02 2010
Indi

Fauxgan, if there’s any elective component of the behaviour. Dickhead, generally. I know this type only too well.

28 01 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. “… I wanted to see if I could write songs about something important and make it sound like nothing…”

Well, the latter half of her two part mission was successful.

28 01 2010
jimmy

You should listen to M.I.A. a little more before you write her off, she is an interesting artist.

28 01 2010
Bogue

Don’t listen Fiona, its a trick!

28 01 2010
jimmy

Honestly M.I.A. is generally not Bogan music at all. Even the TBL article suggests that most bogans wouldn’t like M.I.A.’s other songs.

If you don’t like it that’s fine, just saying you should listen to more than one song before you write it off. I think her lyrics are interesting, and the fusion of world music samples with hip hop production is really cool.

Kala, the album Paper Planes is from was recorded in Trinidad, Liberia, Jamaica and Australia and features local artists from each location, including a really cool rap by some aborigine kids in Australia.

28 01 2010
Bec

Omg, Wilcannia Mob are awesome!

29 01 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. Yes, wonderful. Something about jumping off a bridge, putting a fish in the fridge and playing the didg?

The poet laureate weeps.

29 01 2010
jimmy

Well I apologise on behalf of these young children who haven’t been fortunate enough to receive a cambridge education in the fine arts.

I guess I found the simplicity of their poem, in contrast to what we usually here in rap lyrics, to be refreshingly honest. Afterall, what could be more important in the life of a child than jumping of bridges, catching fish and playing the didge!? 😀

5 02 2010
BDWallbuxx

a-fucken-men!
a) I have no idea ytf “Paper Planes” was singled out as a Bogan anthem, given the vast plethora of other bogan anthems out there – save for a desperate attempt to tie “indian-bashings” – and again, blame that somehow on bogans? The longest of long bows!
Its an awesome song – so are her other tracks – why not just put in “hip hop” as i’m sure we’ve all gleaned you are the type who goes to non-bogan festivals with names no cunt has heard of
b) well put jimmy – Fiona u are fn useless

On point A, yes we do primarily go to non-bogan festivals. This is mainly due to the fact that festivals with few bogans are much more enjoyable than festivals with many bogans. TBL

5 02 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. And your opinion on point B TBL? Hmmm?

Well that’s a personal opinion that doesn’t involve us. Point A did involve us. We are diplomats, you see. TBL

5 02 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. Damned with faint (or rather, no) praise…

Fortunately, your audience is a more discerning lot.

5 02 2010
BDWallbuxx

Fiona dear you seem to have the LOL button stuck – it appears at the start of *every single one* of your comments, and i’d hate to think the “comedy” here actually has you “laughing out loud”

TBL – i too can appreciate non-bogan festivals, but where the hell did this topic come from? One bad night at a pub? just stick to your correct diagnoses on Pink, Rieu, etc before overreaching esp. in regards to “indian-bashing” (which i also noticed you sidestepped)

5 02 2010
Lee

“an when we go fishin we catchin da bream” or something very close to that. Good on them!

28 01 2010
Kris

@ BOGAN POWER:

and by “seek help” do you mean “get a life?”

28 01 2010
James

Anyway we have lives for the most part. It just happens we fill part of those lives with making fun of bogans.

28 01 2010
big_fat_floppy_juloppies

The constant push of the idea that if someone listens to certain music, drives a certain car, has a certain job , shops a certain way is probably a stupid racist is getting old and insulting. IS this site about attacking white Australia in general because it seems this is the only direction it goes in ?

28 01 2010
Jodie

The important distinction, as I see it, is between those of us who happen to be white Australians and those who are proud to be white Australians. As someone once said on this blog- those who wear the Southern Cross tattoo and those who can point it out in the night sky seem to be mutually exclusive. Pride in something that is completely random and to which you have made no contribution (i.e. your race or born nationality) is stupid and pointless. I feel lucky to be here because of the resources and rights I have, but it’s not pride. Frankly, migrants have more right to be proud because they worked to get here.

28 01 2010
Indi

Jodie we can be proud about our stable democracy, rule of law, general lack of corruption, fairness and freedom of speech, movement and equality of opportunity. All stuff that has been work for and acheived and which requires participation and vigilance to be maintained. Not really get-fall-down-drunk and punch someone stuff, and hard to compress into a tattoo.

5 11 2013
lilylovespaint

stable constitutional monarchy with forced representational voting and no bill of rights guaranteeing democratic rights

rule of lawyers using sophistry to get precedents that favour the monied and those that fund the two party system involving parties that might as well be twins

general lack of corruption being reported in the MSM unless it involved a union official. lawyers etc have their own secret court so we don’t get to see when they break the law

fairness if you can pay for it and freedom of speech on the internet, if you have VPN or proxies and can moderate websites, don’t use social media and don’t mind being monitored by all the gubbernets

movement and equality of opportunity if you can afford it and happen to not be anyone living outside valcluse or toorak

28 01 2010
Kris

@ big_fat_floppy_juloppies:

The constant push of the idea that if someone listens to certain music, drives a certain car, has a certain job and shops a certain way is that,
that someone *may* be a bogan – true, I’ll grant you that

That they are a ‘stupid racist’ is the parallel that you are drawing yourself….

28 01 2010
Right and proud

I wonder how many (if any) of the bogans would realise that the melody for this song is a sample taken from ‘Go to Hell’ by The Clash, played on loop?

28 01 2010
Loftie

BP…

The fact that you feel the need to shout your name (CAPS) proves that more often than not – people don’t listen to you…

After reading dribble from previous posts, I understand why…
Clearly you are not a Psychologist…

Like all others who frequent this blog, you found it somehow… were you looking for a shrine to the bogue? Perhaps you were looking for some meaning and clarification in your own empty meaningless life??

Stop drinking massive cans of mother, or use your energy somewhere useful…

28 01 2010
Robbie

LOL @ BOGAN POWER….as in, I’m laughing AT him/her.
WTF is your problem?? It seems TBL and everyone else has hit a raw nerve with BP.
If you don’t like what’s written (ie: you identify with every Bogan trait), then don’t go out of your way to click on the link and read the posts.

28 01 2010
Going bogue

Or to put it in terms that BP would surely understand, “If you don’t love TBL, leave TBL!”

28 01 2010
BOGAN POWER

LOL @ BOGAN POWER….as in, I’m laughing AT him/her.
WTF is your problem?? It seems TBL and everyone else has hit a raw nerve with BP.
If you don’t like what’s written (ie: you identify with every Bogan trait), then don’t go out of your way to click on the link and read the posts.

Actually, I came across this site by accident and won’t be returning. You people are way too superior for me. I’m in a state of awe, due to your refinenement, discernment and elevated ways. It must be nice up there in your lofty heights of superior taste and elegance. Clearly, you are a higher and more evolved species of humanity…..

Seriously, I hope one day you all get the fucking shit kicked out of you by a drunken, raging BOGAN. Or run over by a V8 Commodore Ute. Now THAT would be funny….

Bye Darlings….

28 01 2010
Bogue

Well, good luck with that.

28 01 2010
Anonymous Bosch

Oh dear, I smell a homosexual who idolises rough trade. If you’ve ever had the misfortune to run into the Bear Subculture, you’ll discover they’re all IT Workers who fetishise blue collar boganity as the sexual ideal.

28 01 2010
Indi

At least if you run into a Bear, you’re likely to bounce off them. There usually easy to see, and generally slow-moving.

28 01 2010
vivisection

Oh dear, I smell a homophobe. You bothered ’cause the bears don’t want you?

28 01 2010
James

Well, considering that none of us have advocated or consider amusing: a) drink driving; b) committing assault/grievous bodily harm; and c) vehicular manslaughter, I guess in many ways we are way too superior.

Clearly, bogan mums do not tell their children to use their words. If they did, I am almost certain that those words would be shit, fuck and c*** (sorry, too refined and discerning to write that last one out).

28 01 2010
Linda

Bogan power, if you came across this site by accident.. what were you looking for?? something else bogan-related?
HSV forums?

28 01 2010
Loftie

+1 Linda…

Well Played

28 01 2010
Lee

Bogan Power, what type of bogan are you? I reckon you sound like a league bogan that has let his jersey flegg experience go to his head.
Settle down mate it’s a little fun.

28 01 2010
Tubesteak

Yes, it is nice up here at my lofty height. I worked hard to get here and thoroughly enjoy the rewards and sense of personal satisfaction from the fruits of my labours.

I doubt I would get the shit kicked out of me by a bogan, though. Due to a rigourous exercise regime and balanced diet I am bigger than most of them. Plus being of Australian descent they think I am “a normal Aussie just like them”. Finally, I am more than capable of handling myself in a fight.

Toodlepip

29 01 2010
Sam

Anything else that you are awesome at?

We would all love to hear about it.

30 01 2010
Fiona of Toorak

LOL. Although I appreciate you’re being sarcastic, I wouldn’t.

29 01 2010
Glenn Beck

I think you need a hug.

28 01 2010
west_melb_anitbogan

lol – dont let the door hit you on your bogan arse on the way out.

Bye pussy.

28 01 2010
Indi

Things Bogans Hate #546 People Who Make Different Choices. “They couldn’t be like me, they must be a different species”

29 01 2010
Glenn Beck

Ha! I see what you done there!

28 01 2010
28 01 2010
Bogue

What a shame, I was hoping this was going to be a good news story, about a bogan being savaged by his own feral dog, but alas, it’s more of the same. Sounds like the pit bull should be a bit worried about being attacked by its owner (whilst his mates are there to see how X-tremely hard core he really is)!

28 01 2010
Robbie

so much anger BP…you need to let go of all that hate and just accept that you’re not as good as us.
and any further comments can be directed to Madam Fiona c/- Toorak 😛

28 01 2010
west_melb_anitbogan

Oh how I love the pack mentality of us non bogans here when confronted by a stray bogue in our midsts. :O

28 01 2010
Mark

Shoe’s on the other foot…

28 01 2010
r.jett

eh… there is a point here. While i agree that bogans come from all walks of life, the writers of TBL do tend to associate it with the white variety if you pay more attention to their blog.

Never exclusively. It’s a fact that the majority of Australian residents are of European origin, and nobody can argue that that ethnicity isn’t numerically foremost in the bogan horde. We’re not limited by that though, and will not hesitate to mention bogans of other skin colours if we have reason to. We’ve repeatedly said that “bogan is as bogan buys/does”. TBL

28 01 2010
Peter of Kensington

‘We’ve repeatedly said that “bogan is as bogan buys/does”’.

Unfortunately that does not stand up to scrutiny. This Blog is self-proclaimed a list of things Bogans like…not a list of things that make you a Bogan. The behaviours you list are neither exclusive the Bogan or practiced by all Bogans (if anyone at all).

Any unfavourable behaviour or trait within society is now assigned to (all?) Bogans. The term has lost all meaning in this blog and has simply become a figurative scapegoat. Have fun with that.

View them as symptoms of boganism, Peter. An illness or condition generally lists numerous symptoms, and patients generally only present with some from the list. At the same time, a particular symptom can be common to more than one illness or condition. As researchers into boganism, we aim to improve society’s understanding of the symptoms of the condition. This is our service to you, and the other residents of Kensington. TBL

28 01 2010
Indi

As opposed to a literal scapegoat?

My local paper once printed a letter about Australia Day celebrations that got rowdy, which complained about drinkers being made the escape goat for the police.

28 01 2010
James

Ah the Border region – where else could a newspaper editor have absolutely no editing skills – Toowoomba maybe?

28 01 2010
Indi

Were the mismatch only confined to the regions.

28 01 2010
Peter of Kensington

Indi,

The ‘Bogan’ has become figurative, as opposed to making an actual entity a scapegoat.

28 01 2010
Indi

Both are already figurative. I thought you might like some animal sacrifice to purify us.

29 01 2010
Glenn Beck

QUickly Bogan Man. To the escape goat!

28 01 2010
Bogue

Bogan is as bogan buys/does is surely premeditative though. The bogan aspires to what it believes will increase its status…so that is either what his richer/more powerful/more successful/better looking mates have, or what ‘that rich prick’ has got that they can’t easily obtain. The fact that the bogan lacks taste and follows the pack means that it gravitates towards the same things…no need to follow a list…just follow the line to success…ergo bogan is as bogan buys.

The same is also true for bogan attitudes, follow the alpha male to the top by crushing those around you, with all your mates in tow to validate your behavoiur…ergo bogan is an bogan does.

28 01 2010
Peter of Kensington

TBl, I appreciate the effort, I Do.

It is true that symptoms are not always consistent across illnesses, but it also possible to attribute unrelated symptoms to the one illness. Someone with cancer could also have Leprosy (I assume?).

What value is the research adding if it is simply listing symptoms and attributing them to an all-encompassing illness?

28 01 2010
James

It adds the value of making people laugh. What more need it do?

28 01 2010
Indi

You were expecting maybe a cure?

28 01 2010
Bogue

There is only one cancer with these symptoms – bogan. There are, however, different types of cancer.

28 01 2010
Jodie

One of us….one of us…..

*waves pitchfork*

28 01 2010
Robbie

LOL Jodie :-)…I can see it now, Norma Rae (Fiona) leading the masses of us non-bogues in our fight against the XXXX drinking Ed Hardiots and their oppressing, close minded/right wing ideals.

28 01 2010
StuManChu

One of my favourite posts yet. Good work Headstrap.

28 01 2010
Lee

What about the bogans who still think that Deep Purples ‘smoke on the water’ is about smoking bongs?
Another good one was I was sitting in traffic a while ago and The Who’s Teenage Wasteland was playing on the radio. Right at the last bit of the song I looked across to see this bloke staring at me to which he asked “what the fuck are you listening to mate”. I just shrugged and now if it comes on I make sure the volume isnt so loud.

28 01 2010
Joey Joe Joe

As someone who loves this song, I was a little disappointed when I first saw this entry, but I now think I’m probably precluded from boganism by my high regard for the rest of Kala, as well as Arular.

29 01 2010
Ironhalo

‘This blog is nothing more than a good old-fashioned outporing (sic) of class-hatred and snobbery.’ – BP

And how bogan, and how.

‘You middle-class, over-educated wankers need to get out of your inner-city ghettos and experience a bit of real life…’ – BP

Middle class? Education? Surely, these are but dreams that bogans can only snatch at with panicked hands, before it trickles away, out of grasp, leaving the common bogan with no outlet but to key Audi’s and BMW’s in shopping centre carparks of people who conversely, listened in school, or who actually went and gained a trade/profession of some value to society. Yeah but you know, “Man fuck knowin’ ’bout shit! People with educations who know about shit are faggots!”

And if you think you’re some pariah for fucking working hard, I worked online on a report that got shoved down my throat yesterday until 1:30am this morning, got to work at 7am, and didn’t walk back into my ‘inner-city ghetto’ door until 8pm tonight. I guarantee half the people you denigrate on this forum work similar hours.

29 01 2010
Kris

I love how BP thinks the term “over educated” is an insult 🙂

29 01 2010
Bogue

Or that “middle-class, over-educated wankers need to get out of your inner-city ghettos and experience a bit of real life” applies to everyone (or even anyone?) on this forum.

29 01 2010
James

Indeed. I take exception to that – i might be a wanker, overeducated, living in the city, and middle class, but, hold on… What was the other thing again?

29 01 2010
Bogue

‘Get a life’ I think he said.

29 01 2010
Jodie

Agreed, Ironhalo. And although educationally some of us may be middle-class, most students (myself included) are, right up until they qualify for whatever it is they are studying, dirt broke. So it isn’t as if we’re sipping champagne in a city penthouse here. It’s interesting how the bogan will equate education with money and get its nose bent out of shape because we “over-educated wankers” actually dare to better ourselves. It has nothing to do with privilege. If you’re intelligent and prepared to work hard, most people can have access to education. For some reason, the bogan resents those of us who bother.

29 01 2010
Laura

This blog is the most brilliant damn thing I’ve seen in a very long time.

29 01 2010
Laura

This blog is the most brilliant damn thing I’ve seen in a very long time.

The depiction of the 21st century bogue is exquisitely dead-on; it’s so good that at times, I’m uncertain of whether I feel like cacking myself….or whether I just feel like weeping, so without hope for ” ‘Straila” do I feel when reading these all too veracious axioms ’bout bogies.

29 01 2010
Ironhalo

Jodie, you are dead right. I feel like an elitist prick by saying it, but I seriously do look down with disgust at some of the trash that passes as humanity in this country.

And I was raised in Housing Commission by a mother who put 3 of us all through private school, went without so that we could play music/sport, and who put herself through a Masters at uni to now end up in a position where she owns her own home. When we all went to uni, we fended for ourselves. Every person I know who is now a ‘middle class over-educated wanker’ flipped burgers for a majority of bogan customers, poured bogan’s beers, or delivered pizza to bogans for 3-4 years while living on 2 minute noodles while they ‘over-educated’ themselves. In my case, going to the military uni/academy in Canberra, I spent my uni holidays as well wondering why I was crawling around the bush with a rifle when I was in the Navy….lol.

And now that their betters can afford to dine out, buy decent cars, and not treat their wombs like clown cars, the bogue gets ‘jelluz’ and decides that these people are ‘wankers’.

Seriously, people like BP and his ilk are but the scions of a procession of oxygen thieves and idiots stretching back to the Missing Link….to quote Mark Twain.

29 01 2010
Simon

“and not treat their wombs like clown cars”.

And the award goes to Iron halo – comment of the day.

29 01 2010
James

Second that.

30 01 2010
StuManChu

Bravo.

29 01 2010
Indi

You describe the classical upward trajectory which makes our country the envy of others. Anyone can educate themselves if they are determined enough. Choosing not to because you don’t want to put yourself outside your comfort zone, or rejecting opportunities to not stand out are cop-outs.

29 01 2010
Jodie

My story is similar to yours, Iron. Very working class family (economically speaking) but my mother believed in education and encouraged intellectual curiosity. She has always been an avid reader and so I was the same. Most of my extended family are on modest incomes but as I speak two of us are studying with a view to postgrad and one has just finished a PhD at Melbourne. So it does shit me when people assume that only the moneyed are educated. Bollocks. I’m 31 and will most likely be eating discounted vegetables and hiding from the utility companies for the next seven years, but it’s worth it. Obviously it’s unfair to say *anyone* can do it, but a lot of people who could don’t, preferring to chicken out and slag off those of us who do.

29 01 2010
Bogue

Tisk, tisk…post-grad, PhD, that IS over-educated. You owe it to this country to ‘dumb down’, and stop buying cheap vegetables off migrants, the purchasing departments of good local companies (like Woolworths and Coles) are working their arses off to screw Australian farmers, so that they can pass on 500% marked up vegetables to families in this country! Where’s your national pride?

30 01 2010
Sam

What is that count now?

Interesting psychology going on here.

My assessment:
– You are proud of what you are doing.
– You are looking for recognition and approval from your peers and especially from your Mother.
– Inferiority complex which gives you the powerful urge to justify your study at the expense (short term) of money and career. You need to convince yourself that you are just as good or even better than you friends who are now in the corporate world.
– Fear that this extended investment in your education at this stage in your life will leave you behind your peers financially and career wise and you may not be able to ever catch up.

Just focus on the first one. Depending on what your topic is you should be proud of what you are doing for yourself and for the world. The Aus government should spend a lot more resources encouraging and funding deeper research as this is how breakthroughs and paradigm shifts are made and has the potential to keep Australia out of poverty once we have dug everything else up.

31 01 2010
Odium

I’ll agree that the social bogan will have danced (well, stomped around with the grace of a rhino on ‘ludes) to this song more than once, but my money’s not on said bogan actually knowing who it’s by, much like most modern club music. No, as far as bands it can name, the bogan sticks with good ol’ mindless butt-rock like Rose Tattoo and Akka Dakka. All boozin’, all croozin’, all floozin’, and certainly no glimmer of intellectual curiosity or social comment.

31 01 2010
Odium

Oh, and related to an earlier annendum – the Things Goths Hate link leads back to here. Does that mean all goths secretly stash Dragon albums inside The Cure and Joy Division CD covers? Is that really VB inside those wine casks? Damn, my respect for about half of my circle of friends just plummeted…plus, it’s going to be a real shit to replace my books with the entire compilations of Footrot Flats, Underbelly and cricketing autobiographies. Do bogans still read?

3 02 2010
Odium

Heh, I think I misread the situation. To be fair, I only hate some of the things listed…

31 01 2010
Ironhalo

I think the important thread we take out of this site:

There are many like-minded people here who despise stupidity and ignorance in all of it’s bogan-manifested forms.

While some of us get a titter (I know I do) at some of the things listed on this site, and even acknowledge that we sometimes partake in some of it ourselves, the bogue embraces everything here as lifestyle choices and modus operandi.

God bless them.

1 02 2010
jason

MMM i think we need a sub genre” what chinstrokers don’t like”.

1 02 2010
Muzz

Just a humourous side not to all the people claiming that the misheard lyrics from “Rock the Casbah” are “Sharia don’t like it” are actually mishearing the lyrics themselves.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharif

Good to see that all and sundry are as bad as the bogans they come here to ridicule.

8 06 2010
Steve

Hats of to bogans for liking a song for it’s sound and not it’s inherent acerbic and or kitschy qualities.

8 06 2010
Steve

Ooops, I said “acerbic” instead of “esoteric”.

8 06 2010
SD

MIA is a bit damaged by the truffle kerfuffle I am afraid.

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/05/mia.html

7 12 2010
rilla

Ah another great point gone to waste… dumb monkeys (fiona) continue ivocating (LoL’ing – she [& you] will never figure it out) and NO-ONE discussed the devolution of the sacred feminine that is M.I.A. This whore grind-dances while pregnant and affiliates herself with rappers (’nuff said) and the whole horrid devolution agenda. NOT ONE of you you are fit to call yourselves conscious or intelligent or artist or educated. I am the only person to post regarding this travesty (M.I.A). You guys (mainly fiona) ‘boganily’ twisted the whole middle section into ‘sharia hate’ – being the typical internet yobbos you are.

7 12 2010
rilla

oh AND THE CLASH SUCK ASS!!!!!111!!!11 – listen to some non-radio punk you ants.

31 12 2010
shakpower

Living in queensland for the last 6 years i was somehow completely unaware of being in the midst of bogan paradise. after reading this blog i’m an enlightened soul. god i see bogans everywhere now 😦
i didnt even realise how bogan some of my close friends are.
normally the bogan doesnt like people of different races unless they are celebs but for some reason some of my bogan friends choose to hang out with me. little puzzling behaviour there, makes me think maybe sometimes the bogan makes exceptions to fit its needs.
oh and also whats the deal with bogans yelling outto cars when they drive past??
is it some weird bogan thing?? might be something racist they yell out, i’m not sure

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