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"🎶 With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound
He pulls the spitting high-tension wires down
Helpless people on subway trains
Scream, bug-eyed, as he looks in on them
He picks up a bus and he throws it back down
As he wades through the buildings toward the center of town
Oh, no, they say he's got to go
Go! Go! Godzilla, yeah"
~ "Godzilla", Blue Oyster Cult, 1977
SKREEEONK!!!!!!!! The Loch Ness monster's bad-tempered Japanese cousin, Godzilla, is generally depicted as an enormous, violent, prehistoric sea monster awakened and empowered by nuclear radiation! Godzilla's distinctive disyllabic roar (transcribed in several comics as Skreeeonk!) was created by composer Akira Ifukube by rubbing a pine-tar-resin-coated glove along the string of a contrabass and then slowing down the playback! Some have pointed to telling linguistic evidence of Scots-Gaelic in this war cry, noting the old Scots/Norse root of the word "scree" (meaning a large pile of rocks and rubble) and the syllable "onk" (from the Scots "onkferry" meaning "a great fuss"). His war cry is usually followed by his signature weapon, "atomic breath," a nuclear blast in the form of a blue or red radioactive heat ray! Given all this, you may well wonder how many yards would Godzilla need for a kilt in his own tartan. Well, In 1954, Godzilla was reckoned to be 50 m tall, tall enough to peer over the largest buildings in Tokyo. But by the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Godzilla's height had increased to 119.8 m (393 ft)! A rough calculation (assuming Godzilla is the well-set monster equivalent of a 3 yard kilt-wearing man), and also assuming that roughly a third of his largest assessed scaly body would need to be kilted, results in a need for ~5100 yards of heavy-weight wool (60 " wide). Your calculations may vary. Now about knitting some extra large matching kilt hose ... Skreeeonk! 🇯🇵 🦖☢️ 🏴
Godzilla first appeared November 3rd, 1954 in Ishirō Honda's film of the same name. Ever since, Godzilla has gone on to become a worldwide pop culture icon, appearing in video games, novels, comic books, television shows, and films.
Godzilla is commonly known as "King of the Monsters" a phrase first used in Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, the Americanized version of Honda's original 1954 film.
In post-war Japan, Godzilla was originally conceived as a metaphor for nuclear weapons. But as the film series expanded, some stories took on less serious undertones portraying Godzilla as an antihero rather than solely as a destructive monster.
Godzilla's exact origins vary, but he is generally depicted as an enormous, violent, prehistoric sea monster awakened and empowered by nuclear radiation. dHis signature weapon is his "atomic breath," a nuclear blast generated from within his body and unleashed from his jaws in the form of a blue or red radioactive heat ray.
And Godzilla has a distinctive disyllabic roar, transcribed in several comics as Skreeeonk!
In 1996, Godzilla received an MTV Lifetime Achievement Award and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.
Although not an official tartan, we feature Godzilla's tartan because the King of Monsters deserves his tartan due.
Designed by: Justin L. Hunt, KGO
In expectation of the upcoming 2019 Godzilla film, click the 1954 movie poster for a compilation of Godzilla's best moments on film.