VB41 – Rock the Casbah

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Avatars dressed in Jackie Graves' "Poison" paramilitary uniforms and participating in VB41 - Rock the Casbah

PORT OF LONG BEACH, 4 August — Newton’s Laws of Motion: First Law: A body in motion tends to stay in motion. Second Law: An idea in motion tends to go anywhere it flippin well pleases and there’s pretty much no predicting or controlling where that’s gonna be.

Newton’s 2nd Law (VB/CO Edition) had a lighthearted invocation at VB41 – Rock the Casbah today, that had a remarkable, unexpected resonance with it’s much grimmer invocation in the case of The Clash’s Rock the Casbah.

The King told the boogie-men ‘you have to let that rāga drop’

Avatars dressed in Jackie Graves' "Poison" paramilitary uniforms and participating in VB41 - Rock the Casbah

In the Cultural Impact section of the Wikipedia entry for Rock the Casbah they note the irony that this song about fighter pilots refusing the order to drop bombs and playing rock music instead has somehow become a military favorite:

The song was chosen by [United States’] Armed Forces Radio to be the first song broadcast on the service covering the area during Operation Desert Storm. In 2006, the conservative National Review released their list of the top 50 “Conservative Rock Songs,” with “Rock the Casbah” at No. 20, noting its frequent requests during the Iraq War.

In one of the campfire scenes late in the 2007 documentary Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, a Granada friend states that Strummer wept when he heard that the phrase ‘Rock the Casbah’ was written on an American bomb that was to be detonated on Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War.

Wikipedia further notes: “following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the song was placed on the list of post-9/11 inappropriate titles distributed by Clear Channel.”

Avatars dressed in Jackie Graves' "Poison" paramilitary uniforms and participating in VB41 - Rock the Casbah

In a far lighter invocation of Newton’s 2nd Law of Ideas in Motion, at today’s loosely scripted “clash” the most compelling event was the completely unscripted speedboat death match when Laurel Leavitt with her ridiculously underpowered boat foolishly challenged sweet, innocent, “who me?” speedboat maniac, Red Leader Yordie Sands. So dominant was Sands’ boat that Leavitt’s Team Purple Leader, Monerda Skute, resigned and defected to Sands’ Team Red.

R E L A T E D . M A T E R I A L S

Hot Summer
Rock the Casbah / Previz
Rock the Casbah / Production

Jackie Graves
Jackie Graves / Xue
GRAVES Leather Latex Metal / Second Life URL

Rock the Casbah / Cast

Rock the Casbah / Wikipedia / Cultural Impact
The Clash / Wikipedia
Joe Strummer / Wikipedia


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6 Responses to “VB41 – Rock the Casbah”

  1. Monerda
    2012/08/07 at 08:50 #

    These are so priceless! I laughed so hard remembering how it all went down. But ya know what? I had no idea who shot me in the back until now 😀

    Thanks to everybody for one of the most fun times I have had in SL while remaining clothed 😛

    • Yordie Sands
      2012/08/07 at 21:09 #

      Me too, Monerda! Great times!

  2. Yordie Sands
    2012/08/07 at 21:08 #

    Luv the post! I had so much fun rampaging around in the killer boat. hehe I didn’t have a chance to shoot a single pic because that Purple team was shooting me. I had to kill them you see? It was kill or be killed. And i had to kill. hahahhahahha

    • Vaneeesa Blaylock
      2012/08/07 at 21:27 #

      Some peeps think “OOC” means “Out Of Character” but when it comes to Red Leader, I think we all know it means “Out Of Control!”

      Homecoming Queen’s Got A Gun? So what!? Red Leader’s Got A Killer Speedboat!

      • Yordie Sands
        2012/08/07 at 21:36 #

        Yeah… here’s the thing, Vanessa, you don’t know the thrill yet. I urge you to get a Street Dancer (L$0 on Marketplace, search “MM SD35”) and go to a Rez Zone on the Blake Sea (try Hona Lee Air Field docs). Rez that speedboat and then head out on the Blake Sea (be sure to have mini-map up). Here’s my bet, you’ll be a speed demon in a half-hour. I have many mild mannered girlfreinds who, when behind the wheel of a Street Dancer, become fiends. hehehe


  1. Vanessa’s Post — Too Cool « Being Yordie Sands - 2012/12/26

    […] art but it was really mayhem and madness in cool threads. Here’s a link to VB’s post, “Rock the Casbah”. Check the bottom for pics of the Red Team and me in the killer boat contributing to the mayhem. It […]