Pigeons Through The Ages – Part Two
Becci found these – cheers Becci!
First off – pigeons in the 1950s:
Check them out. Loving every minute. Don’t blame them. Nothing but total respect all round. Kids telling them jokes and offering them sweets and everything. There’s even some old bird doing a spot of ‘heavy petting’ in the background. Sure she meant well.
Then there’s this – Trafalgar Square pigeons in the 70s:
Right feisty stuff. Must’ve been round the time of the London Punk Pigeons. Bunch of West End dudes who got into a band called The Clash, big time. One of them, who called himself Mick, after Mick Jones (real name was Derek), discovered them when they released their first single, ‘White Riot’, back in 1977.
Used to strut around going: “Pigeon riot, I wanna riot – pigeon riot, a riot of my own”, all the time, apparently.
Soon, loads joined in. Rucking everywhere. Huge ones. Brixton pigeons vs Hoxton pigeons, Notting Hill pigeons vs Hackney pigeons. Kicking off all over the place. Then, round the time of ‘Rock The Casbah’, in 1982, pigeons everywhere realised that everyone loved The Clash, equally – so they stopped rucking, just like that. Some say it was when ‘E’ hit the scene, but that was later.
Mind you, wouldn’t be surprised if the Punk Pigeons weren’t responsible for it all going to shit for us now. Everyone must’ve got well sick of seeing a bunch of fucked up rucking pigeons. Probably where the whole ‘rats with wings’ thing came from.
Maybe if we started strutting around now doing some single from Pussycat Dolls giving it the moves going:
“Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me”…
Maybe if we did, it would all be ok?
Think I’d rather eat my own eyeballs.