The social unrest in London has set off an unexpected chain reaction throughout Britain’s trans-Atlantic neighboring country. American hipsters, mostly via social networking sites such as Facebook, have been using the London riots as a timely vehicle for showing off their familiarity with obscure bands, songs, and lyrics.
“I’ve been waiting a long time for something like this,” says Randy Shoegazer, 23, of Oakland, California. “An opportunity like this doesn’t present itself every day, so I’ve been making the most of it. I started off with the obvious ‘London’s Burning’ allusion, but that became way too trendy way too fast. So I mixed things up a bit when I referred to London Police as ‘Werewolves of London.’ I really wanted to show my musical credibility wasn’t merely limited to 1977 British punk.” Shoegazer punctuated his last statement by removing his horn-rimmed glasses (he claims they’re prescription) and wiping the lenses clean on his V-neck shirt.