User Comments - hunchiepunker
Posted on: Chinese Idol 2October 25, 2009, 03:24 AM
Oh! I'm gonna continue on here about this band. Please pardon the digression.
I saw this quote above: "Just for some more perspectives, in Sweden, "PK" means "politiskt korrekt", that is, "politically correct", things that are sure not to offend anyone. A vast difference there."
One of the members of this band is Swedish. The drummer - though he speaks mad Chinese. And they often tour with International Noise Conspiracy, which is a Swedish band.
simonpettersson, There may actually be a connection there!
Posted on: Chinese Idol 2October 25, 2009, 03:11 AM
I'm sure some of the commenters here are familiar with Beijing band P.K. 14. Here's a page on them: http://wiki.chaile.org/index.php/P.K._14
Anyway, the "PK" in this lesson made me think a bit about their name, and how odd some of the wordplay here may really be. For instance, 14 has dire significance in Chinese. In combination with the meaning of PK found in this dialog and in China's online world, their name could be construed as "Player Killed is Dead" - pretty dark stuff!
However, in Chinese, the band goes by ”青春公共王国“, or "Public Kingdom for Teens" - or alternatively, "P. K. For Teen" with a pun on the english pronunciation of the arabic numerals "14". Super weird.
Anyway, this all just seemed interesting to me. I wonder if "PK" really has anything to do with this group's name.