I think the English are the most civilised of all the Europeans. They’re responsible for most good stuff. But you wouldn’t have this confusion if we were talking about reggae or Chinese folk music. Nobody would in their right mind argue that an English band could play African tribal music as well as African tribal people. So where do you get this idea that English people can play rock music – the folk music of America – in any authentic way?
– David Thomas (Pere Ubu), quoted in Simon Reynolds, Totally Wired: Post-Punk Interviews and Overviews (London: Faber and Faber, 2009) p. 65