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5 young punks: Should they stay or should they go?

Friday 31st May 2019
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Most music critics will tell you the Sex Pistols and the Clash are punk’s two fundamental icons. Sid Vicious and co were entirely anarchistic and thus couldn’t hold it together on a musical, professional or personal level. Joe Strummer and Mick Jones didn’t like the world as it was but had a decent idea of how it should be and where they should fit.  If they were footballers, they’d have enjoyed the same longevity and relevance as they have in music.

A favourite song from their catalogue is Should I Stay or Should I Go?  The lyrics deal with the commitment required to make a relationship work and the frustration that arises when it isn’t there.  With the transfer market emphasizing young players more than ever, the words of the final verse could apply to certain up-and-coming stars who face decisions about their future this summer.

This indecision's bugging me (esta indecisión me molesta)
If you don't want me, set me free (si no me quieres, librarme)
Exactly whom I'm supposed to be (dígame que tengo ser)
Don't you know which clothes even fit me? (sabes que ropa me quedra)
Come on and let me know (me tienes que decir)
Should I cool it or should I blow?

Here are five breakthrough talents asking themselves the musical question as you read.

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Martin Palazzotto

The former editor of World Football Columns, Martin authored the short story collection strange bOUnce. He appeared in several other blogs which no longer exist. Old, he likes to bring out defunct. If outdated sport and pop-cultural references intrude on his meanderings for It's Round and It's White, don't be alarmed. He's harmless.

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