I’ve always been a wee bit obsessed by the concept of cool. The difference in perception between seemingly similar kinds of people of what’s cool and what’s dasai (a Japanese word which is more eloquent than just saying “uncool” and more cutting than “lame” – it just fits best for me!) never fails to amaze me.
Some say that the modern concept of cool as we know it came from jazz musicians in the 1940′s, and really took off with the creation of the “teenager” and the advent of rock’n'roll, but i’m sure that as a process it’s been around from the moment cavemen first dyed their furs a different colour (allright history pedants, i’m sure it didn’t happen like that, but don’t ruin my illusion!).
So, to the questions/quintet:
I love the fact that you can be cool without actually being any good at something; cool is all about attitude and presence and the way someone or something presents itself to the world and in my book, there is nothing cooler than being cool!
1. What’s YOUR definition of “cool”?
I know there are loads of 60′s and 70′s counterculture films that set the agenda for cool at the time and that look even cooler in retrospect, but for my generation, Tarantino is still one of the only directors to consciously incorporate cool into his films, so i’ll go for “True Romance” as a film that just oozes cool:
2. What’s the coolest film ever made?
I’ll break the rules here as usual, i’ve said it before, but i’ll say it again, for me San Francisco supposed-punks Crime are hands-down the coolest band there ever was (I won’t justify too much, i’m planning a post on them…erm….soon-ish). so:
3. Who are the coolest band ever (not necessarily the best)?
When I was a teenager, the epitome of cool for me was keeping your fags in the sleeve of your T-shirt like River Phoenix in Stand By Me and Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest…..and I have to say, it still looks pretty damn cool today too.
4. What thing/person/action etc was the epitome of cool for you when you were younger? Do you still think so?
Wicked, kakkoi, radical, radically rare…. erm…..help me out here…….:
5. What synonyms did/do you have for “cool” in your part of the world?