Viersen, a city near where I live, just hosted Europe’s Biggest Monster Truck Rally. Soon it’ll be traveling to Lower Saxony, and then to Norway and Sweden. Here’s an interview (G) with the man who put on the show.
And what a boring interview it is. There’s nothing about silicon-breasted girls in tight bikinis announcing the "rounds," nothing about heavy metal, nothing about the pure, testosterone thrill of wanton, metal-ripping destruction. Not even any suggestion –obvious to me — that there’s something inherently Viking about the entire idea of a Monster truck rally.
Instead, we have painfully banal questions such as "Can you get rich putting on these shows?" and "How long is your season?" A country that’s capable of producing rap stars whose songs get banned for glorifying drug use should be able to do better.
Nevertheless, the article, or better Rally provides an opporunity for a few German Words of the Week. They sound a bit Hawaiian, but they’re quite German. I heard the Vokuhila, for the first time from sometime German Joys contributor Ed Philp. Then Titanic used it to describe the hairstyle of the American stand-up comedian Bill Hicks. It will surely be on the heads of many people at the Monster Truck Rally.
It’s actually an abbreviation for the phrase "Vorne Kurz, Hinten Lang" or "Short in front, long in back." Business in the front, party in the back, dude. Canadians call it Hockey hair, Americans call it the mullet. Mulletsgalore has all you need to know, including a nice typology.
Tohuwabohu means a dust-up or ruckus. I first encountered it in a book about the 1970s terrorist organization the RAF (Rote Armee Fraktion). They grew out of the Berlin scene in the late 1960s, whose members formed communes, experimented with drugs, organized protests, and did everything else you’d expect. Whenever they were put on trial for one reason or another, their code of honor required them to create Tohuwabohu. They wore skin-tight yellow pants and orange feather boas, they addressed the judge with the familiar du, one of them even hopped up on the prosecutor’s desk and crapped on his file.
I hope you enjoyed this weeks exotic new contestants. Happy First of May!