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Porn Floyd

A funny story from last week in my Anthropology class. Our professor, Yasuno sensei, was spending a good hour and a half discussing the construct of ‘sexy’ with us, bless her. Sexy in Japan, sexy in the West, sexy… everywhere. Really a fun way to spend some time. Anyway, we got on the topic of porn (of course). In Japan, pornos are colloquially referred to as ‘pinkueiga’ or ‘pink movies’ ピンク映画。And so a lot of other risqué things here adopt the prefix ‘pinku’ as well. So, because of that my professor was under the impression that the band ‘Pink Floyd’ was a naughty porn band.

Pretty funny.

I explained to her that no, alas, they were not a porn band… I couldn’t quite find the words to explain to her in Japanese what exactly a psychedelic rock band was, so I just said they were philosophical instead. 

For the record, Pink Floyd’s name actually comes from a combination of Pink Anderson and Floyd Council, two American blues guitarists who passed away in the 70s. This was because in their early days, Pink Floyd saw itself as more of a jazz band.

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