Petula Hardcore

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February 17, 2017 by T. Gregory Argall

The drive to work is always a good time for random, unexpected thoughts to pop into one’s head. Physically you just need to focus on one task; keep the front of the car pointed forward. That frees up huge portions of your brain to just conceptually wander wherever the winds might take them.

For example, while driving to work this morning, two seemingly unrelated thoughts occurred to me almost simultaneously.

  • “Urban” is a word that refers to things related to cities.
  • Two of British singer Petula Clark’s biggest hits in the 1960’s were “Downtown” and “Don’t Sleep In The Subway.”

Having both of those facts dancing in close proximity within my brain led me to an inescapable conclusion…

Petula Clark was a trailblazing pioneer of Urban Music.


Yeah, I know. I was shocked as well.

But given the evidence, there’s no disputing it. Petula Clark was the spiritual Godmother of Biggie and Tupac.

That’s hardcore.

Try to be nice to each other.


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