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Brush with greatness

Posted by The Fallen on January 29, 2002

In Reply to: Brush with greatness posted by ESC on January 29, 2002

: : : : : While it is a fairly recent term, I was wondering who coined the phrase?

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: : : : I found this if it's of any use
: : : : A 1960s English paperback about sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll in the London mod scene.

: : : : also check the archive on this site for some more details.

: : : This definitively will be of no use whatsoever, but as an idle aside, Generation X was the name chosen by Billy Idol (of "With A Rebel Yell" and "White Wedding" fame) for his appallingly bad nascent UK punk band before he went solo. I only remember one single release, which is, trust me, a major blessing.

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: : I once danced with Billy Idol in a New York Club in the 80's. It was unpleasant.

: : Camel

: That's what David Letterman calls a "brush with greatness." I went to school with Wayne Newton's cousin. And I was on an elevator with Bruce Springsteen on my wedding night. Didn't dance with either one though.

Speaking of brushes with the rich and famous (though almost never deserving), I once had the delighted and legitimate opportunity to punch Hugh Grant on the nose. To counter this ecstasy, I also once utterly failed to hit on Kim Wilde (for those who don't know, a British early 80's peroxide pop icon who now scarily enough hosts a gardening show...)

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