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The Commitments

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by HotRodSteve, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Age:
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    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Prince George is a tough lumber mill town in Northern British Columbia.
    I lived there from 1994-2003.
    Locally known as “little Chicago” at the time.
    It has very high rates of cancer, alcoholism, and property crime.
    The air reeks of the mills.
    Though BC is the most beautiful place I have ever lived, PG is not by any means the nicest city (75,000-ish population).
     
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  2. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Mar 4, 2009
    atlanta

    I have been there.

    on the way to Dawson Creek to pick up the Alaska Highway.

    Prince George was the only place in Canada I felt uncomfortable in, we were hassled by locals for being American. Couldnt wait to get the hell out of there.
     

  3. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Age:
    61
    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    A truly weird place.
    I used to say that the best thing about PG was being 20 miles in any direction from it.
     

  4. HotRodSteve

    HotRodSteve Friend of Leo's

    Sep 24, 2013
    The Hudson Valley
    Being temporarily out of work at the moment this scene hits home in a funny kind of way:


    Unemployment Official: Mr. Rabbitte, you've been collecting unemployment benefit for two years. Are you trying to tell me you can't get a job?

    Jimmy Rabbitte: We're a third world country - what can you do?
     
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  5. Just-Jim

    Just-Jim Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 4, 2008
    SoCal
    I remember really enjoying that movie on a date night with my wife, when we actually would go out for dinner and a movie. Those were the days!
     

  6. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    You're doing yourself a dis-service, putting it that way.

    Drunkenness and Excessive Profanity, or rather the fear of it, keep away thousands and thousands of we Irish American tourists. A wicked stereotype and IMO you need to resolve to break away from it.
     
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  7. scottser

    scottser Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 6, 2009
    dublin
    If you think that Profanity is a purely negative thing the you are doing language a disservice and you display scant understanding of your own Irish ancestry and heritage. When your people have been oppressed for a couple of hundred years then language becomes a weapon.
     
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  8. Pixies2005

    Pixies2005 TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Jan 14, 2017
    Australia

    If you were born in Ireland then moved to America you are free to decribe yourself as Irish American.

    If you were born in America you are an American, plain and simple.

    I have lived in Australia for 13 years, married an Australian lass and have a 6 year old son.

    He is a citizen of both countries as it gives him freedom of movement in the Euro Zone.

    However he is an Australian and is being raised as one. He just happens to have an Irish Dad.

    I have seen too many people grow up confused and lost due to being in a contant hiphanated zone where they are pulled between two cultures and locations.

    And Bubba, speaking as someone from Tralee in Kerry who spent his high school and college years working in the hospitality and tourism industries - there are no shortage of ‘Irish-Americans’ who travel to Ireland.

    We can do quite well without overly censorious, moralistic, superior, puritan examples of the tribe arriving on shore.

    I do feel somewhat guilty that I, along with the tourism industry, was complicit in the wholesale cynical fleeceing of ‘I-A’ tourists and the proactive encouragement of their delusions of Irishness purely for economic gain.

    But, then we’re back to that recsession and being the ‘blacks of Europe again’.

    I partially apologise for my semi aggressive tone but I think I am responding in kind to your post. Calling a spade a spade if you will.

    The Ireland you seek is not Ireland, it’s some pasteurised Fairyland compiled from marketing images of turf fires, wolly jumpers and lasses dancing at the crossroads.

    That is available at many tourist spots in Ireland - we are spotted with the equivalent of Hollywood sound stages to cater to fantasies.

    But it ain’t Ireland.

    I’d give you some advice about the troublesome sterotypes about Americans that are literally keeping the worlds tourists away from the USA at the moment but I know that would be presumptuous and ignorant.
     
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  9. bettyseldest

    bettyseldest Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 13, 2011
    UK
    My wife was born and raised in the Republic. It has changed a great deal since her youth, though since the latest recession has moved a little back to what it was (for the better). She will be back there next week to help with some family issues, but when we want to get the feel for the Ireland of her childhood we go to rural France.
     

  10. HotRodSteve

    HotRodSteve Friend of Leo's

    Sep 24, 2013
    The Hudson Valley


    Joey "The Lips" Fagan on trumpet. :cool:
     
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  11. mally

    mally Tele-Meister

    494
    Feb 1, 2013
    runcorn cheshire uk
    Sounds pretty spot on to me and spent a bit of time in Dublin ! ( Different strokes eh )
     

  12. bender66

    bender66 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 18, 2010
    on my bike
    Got around to watching it.

    I hope to never hear that song again.
     

  13. chiefline

    chiefline Tele-Holic

    941
    Mar 18, 2014
    new jersey

     
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  14. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 22, 2010
    New Zealand
    The most amazing thing about that movie was that Andrew Strong was only 16 at the time. Hell of a voice.
     
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  15. whodatpat

    whodatpat Friend of Leo's

    Jul 21, 2007
    College Park MD
    I cant believe it took three pages of comments to bring up Strong's age. Kid had pipes but the soul at that age was unheard of.

    I don't always sing karaoke, but when I do, I only sing Try A Little Tenderness as performed by The Commitments.
     
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  16. HotRodSteve

    HotRodSteve Friend of Leo's

    Sep 24, 2013
    The Hudson Valley
    Whenever I hear this song I always sing, "Royd Sally Royd". Can't help it.
     
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  17. screefer

    screefer Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Feb 28, 2016
    kildonan
    "......on a f__ing Suzuki?"
    best line in the movie.....:)
     
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  18. chiefline

    chiefline Tele-Holic

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    Mar 18, 2014
    new jersey
    Stop using your accent! Lol
     

  19. HotRodSteve

    HotRodSteve Friend of Leo's

    Sep 24, 2013
    The Hudson Valley
    Can't help it. I'm from Long Guy Land which has a huge Irish influence.



    The Commitmentettes lost their accents. We're a third world country. What can you do?
     
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