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Music in the News
Thursday 09 May 2002
Vocabulary from the world of music. Listen to and read the story then find explanations of difficult words below.

  The band Slipknot
Slipknot fans mad about knitting grannies
Summary: Fans of Slipknot, a scary nine-strong 'nu-metal' band, are angry with a group of old ladies who they believe are using the name of their favourite band in vain.
The News Listen
  Slipknot fans are spitting mad about a group of grannies who they reckon are using the band's name in vain. Fans of the mask-wearing rockers are mad because the ladies of the Knitting and Crochet Guild have called their magazine 'Slipknot'. Some of the fans seem to be getting a little too excited about their campaign, and have started emailing the 1,000-strong group of knitters.

The angry fans say they shouldn't be using the word 'Slipknot' on the internet, but the knitters aren't running scared, saying they're not going to let it bother them. A spokeswoman for the 'nu-metal' band said there had been a problem with the band's official website, and thought perhaps that led to the fans emailing the knitting circle by mistake.

Just in case you were wondering, to a knitter the slipknot is the name of the first loop used to start a new pattern, not a nine-strong group of scary mask-wearers.

The Words Listen  
  are spitting mad about
are extremely angry with - a colloquial expression

  in vain
here - inappropriately, with a lack of respect

here - singers of a rock band

  1,000-strong; nine-strong
consisting of 1,000 people; consisting of 9 people

  aren't running scared
aren't afraid (a colloquial expression)

a spokesman/spokeswoman is a person who speaks publicly on someone's behalf

a style of rock music based on 'heavy metal', another rock music style which was popular in the 1980's and early 1990's. The 'nu' part of the name is the misspelt word 'new'

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