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Franz Ferdinand “I’m Your Villain”

Posted on | June 28, 2014 | 4 Comments

by Smitty

Celebrating a century since the band’s namesake was snuffed by Gavrilo Princip, touching off the significant unpleasantness known as WWI, here is a Scottish quartet:


4 Responses to “Franz Ferdinand “I’m Your Villain””

  1. WarEagle82
    June 28th, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

    World War 1 was a “significant unpleasantness” in the same way that the World War 2 was an “opportunity for urban renewal in Germany.” Both true in some regard but slightly understated…

    That day in Serejavo may have been the second “shot heard ’round the world.”

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  3. smitty
    June 28th, 2014 @ 8:37 pm

    I was alluding to the Reconstruction description of the U.S. Civil War as “the recent unpleasantness”.

  4. WarEagle82
    June 28th, 2014 @ 9:39 pm

    Well, as a boy growing up in the south, we often heard the phrase “recent unpleasantness” or something akin to that. And it was certainly “significant.” Such comments were inevitably followed by someone mentioning Sherman, followed by everyone spitting on the ground…

    The war was also quite often referred to as “The War Between the States” and “The War of Northern Aggression.” It was not often referred to as “The Civil War” and in strict terms it was not a “civil war.”

    I have been told that my maternal grandfather was a WW1 veteran but I cannot confirm this. His name is not on the WW1 memorial in my home town but that may not have been his home town at the time, plus memorial only lists KIA.