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EM_Wave 9 | 311
30 Nov 2011  #1
Who is your favorite Polish-American musician?

My favorite would have to be Peter Steele (born Peter Thomas Ratajczyk) from the band Type O Negative. He died not too long ago unfortunately. He was a very funny guy. RIP Petrus.
pip 10 | 1,661
30 Nov 2011  #2
johnny rzeznik
OP EM_Wave 9 | 311
30 Nov 2011  #3
Ah yes, from the Goo Goo Dolls. I remember learning one of his songs on the guitar when I was a kid.
ShAlEyNsTfOh 4 | 161
30 Nov 2011  #4
there are soo many of them... very famous ones.. that is, if u consider those jews of polish descent as well.

but I would choose Billy Talent :D
Wroclaw Boy
30 Nov 2011  #5
My favorite would have to be Peter Steele (born Peter Thomas Ratajczyk) from the band Type O Negative.

You must be putting from the rough there my man.
OP EM_Wave 9 | 311
30 Nov 2011  #6
Um...what?
ShAlEyNsTfOh 4 | 161
30 Nov 2011  #7
by the way, billy talent is a canadian band. :D
BBman - | 344
30 Nov 2011  #8
johnny rzeznik

This is what first came to my mind when i saw the title of the thread:)

Here's another, Ed Kowalczyk.
beckski 12 | 1,617
1 Dec 2011  #9
The legendary Peter Cetera of the group Chicago, was influenced to play music, by listening to Polka bands.


  • Peter Cetera
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
1 Dec 2011  #10
John Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls

youtube.com/watch?v=NdYWuo9OFAw

Or Marilyn Manson half Polish half German lol

youtube.com/watch?v=Ypkv0HeUvTc
OP EM_Wave 9 | 311
1 Dec 2011  #11
Or Marilyn Manson half Polish half German lol

Woah ****. Manson is really half Polish?

He does make some great music. "The Dope Show" is a fantastic song.
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
1 Dec 2011  #12
Woah ****. Manson is really half Polish?

Yes he is
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
1 Dec 2011  #13
No. He's American.
time means 5 | 1,310
1 Dec 2011  #14
johnny rzeznik

Born in Buffalo New York which the last time i looked was in the good ol US of A and nowhere near Poland.
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
1 Dec 2011  #15
He's American.

Born in Buffalo New York which the last time i looked was in the good ol US of A and nowhere near Poland.

No **** he's American the topic is Polish Americans. We're talking about his ancestry/blood he's half German half Polish. American isn't an ethnicity.
Barney 14 | 1,469
1 Dec 2011  #16
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pee_Wee_King
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
1 Dec 2011  #17
ancestry/blood

That means nothing. Does he identify as Pol-Am and speak the language?
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
1 Dec 2011  #18
If you lived in American u'd know that everyone who knows they are Polish identify as Polish being at least one of his/her ancestries. And Americans live and talk like Americans.
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
1 Dec 2011  #19
An ancestor doesn't make an ethnicity. Has Mr Manson ever discussed how he identifies?
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
1 Dec 2011  #20
Every American first and foremost identifies as an American (unless brainwashed by his parents from an early age lol). He just knows his ancestry but doesn't live or act on it.
time means 5 | 1,310
1 Dec 2011  #21
he's American

So he's not Polish then?
ShawnH 8 | 1,498
1 Dec 2011  #22
An ancestor doesn't make an ethnicity.

So a Chinese guy came to America with his bride, and has kids in America. His kids marry other folks of the same lineage, and so do their kids. Are you denying they might just be ethnically Chinese?
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
1 Dec 2011  #23
Are you denying they might just be ethnically Chinese?

Yes they most certainly are. I have a few Irish American friends who are full Irish. So what if they're 3rd generation in America. Their grandparents then parents married people who were only of Irish background, they didn't mix that makes then full Irish.
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
1 Dec 2011  #24
Are you denying they might just be ethnically Chinese?

And are you forcing their great-grandchildren to be ethnically Chinese especially if they can't hold a conversation in the language and have never been there? And did Marilyn Manson's Polish ancestor marry someone of what you quaintly call the same 'lineage'?

More pertinently, Does Marilym actually identify as Pol-Am or is someone just clutching at straws...
Wroclaw 44 | 5,388
1 Dec 2011  #25
can we stop this continual argument of what is and what is not a pol/am. thank you.
yousuckyousuck1
1 Dec 2011  #26
I agree,
Pete is my favorite Polish -American too!
A little on the biased side but I can boast.
Cathy Ratajczyk- Peter Steeles sister.
Thanks for saying he's your choice
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
1 Dec 2011  #27
can we stop this continual argument of what is and what is not a pol/am. thank you.

It's very relevant to the discussion, if a particular ethnicity is being attributed to a musician who is not part of that community.

And it is in the title of the thread, after all.
blackadder 1 | 114
1 Dec 2011  #28
He died not too long ago unfortunately. He was a very funny guy. RIP Petrus.

He shouldn't quit drinking I suppose.He died of heart failure after he quit drinking.
joepilsudski 26 | 1,389
1 Dec 2011  #29
Pat Benatar aka Patricia Mae Andrzejewski


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