Yeah, I Know It’s Old…

… but still. This band was named for a man believed responsible for the deaths of some 40 million people. Yet somehow, this song seems like a greater offense against mankind.

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Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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3 Responses to Yeah, I Know It’s Old…

  1. The Ancient says:

    I seem to remember that the band’s namesake is thought to be the direct ancestor of more living people than any other known historical figure. (The Times ran a story about this some years ago.)

    Tamerlane should have been so lucky.

    P.S. I have written today to any number of academic friends, linking to the sad, sad story about young Lehrer at The New Yorker. His personal disaster needs to be explained to a generation of compulsively sloppy writers.

  2. dave.s. says:

    What I’ve read is that 9 per cent of Han Chinese have his Y chromosome. Some of that comes from his sons and brothers disporting themselves in the harems he set up. Schwarzenegger as Conan said “What is best in life: Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!” – this was a lift from Genghis Khan “To crush your enemies, and see them fall at your feet – to take their horses and belongings, and to hear the lamentation of their women. That is the best life.”

  3. J. Otto Pohl says:

    Genghis (Chingis in Kyrgyzstan) is still very popular throughout Central Asia. Most of all in Outer Mongolia I hear. But, Stalin is also very popular in the region.

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