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Footnotes to "Volume 4"

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[ Take It Like A Man | Awkward Age | Chrome | Fairy Dust | Little Bit Stupid | Dirty Martini | Thugz 'R' Us ]

Take It Like A Man

"We're not casting boys today / Braveheart or bum / Who needs you anyway?"
A reference to the 1995 film LINK:"Braveheart", directed by and starring Mel Gibson.

"She needs you so much / Like fish need bicycles"
The saying "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle", often attributed to the American feminist Gloria Steinem (1934- ), was actually the brainchild of Irina Dunn, a distinguished Australian journalist and politician, who paraphrased the earlier "Man needs God like a fish needs a bicycle" back in 1970 when she was a student at the University of Sydney.

See also...
LINKS: The Fish and Bicycle Pages
Fish on a Bike

Awkward Age

"You had a scowl like a Klingon beauty queen ..."
In the LINK:"Star Trek" TV series and films the LINK:Klingons are a warrior civilisation.


"... and from Tokyo to Rome we're all aware of you."
LINK:Tokyo, Japan, and LINK:Rome, Italy, two cities with important fashion industries.

Fairy Dust

"Anyone would think your name was Oscar Wilde ..."
LINK:Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright and poet, who went to jail on charges of homosexuality.

Little Bit Stupid

"But you know what they say about Cupid ..."
LINK:Cupid: in Roman mythology the god of love, son of Venus. His counterpart in Greek mythology was Eros.

"... what they say about Cupid: Little bit stupid."
This could be a reference to the song "Stupid Cupid" from 1958, a hit for LINK:Connie Francis (No. 1 in the UK).

"We just haven't got a clue what to do"  (at 3:03)
A quote from and reference to the song "Blockbuster" (from 1973) by UK glam rock band LINK:Sweet.

Dirty Martini

"Dirty Martini"
Here's the basic Dirty Martini recipe:

5 parts vodka or gin
1 part dry white vermouth
1 tablespoon olive brine

Serving instructions
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into glass. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with an olive.

"Gettin' down 'n dirty down in New Orleans ..."
LINK:New Orleans in Louisiana, USA, on the Mississippi delta.

Thugz 'R' Us

"I got some mash-ups with Snoop and Dr. Dre ..."
LINK:Snoop Dogg and LINK:Dr. Dre pioneered LINK:gangsta rap.

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