Exactly. One of the word's senses is unquestionably racist. The post referred to is very strange though - seems to be some sort of riff on Ritchie Valens' short career. I think it's ironically meant, but I'm not entirely sure. In any case, the exact status of the word "greaser" is perhaps ambiguous here - Valens was Mexican American, of course, so it's pretty obvious to read "greaser" as a slur; at the same time, "greaser" (in the non-ethnic sense of the word) subculture, was, I guess (not too conversant in this chapter of cultural history) flourishing around Valens' time, so this is another possible interpretation. (No idea if Valens was associated with this subculture; maybe somebody can clear this up). It's all a bit confusing (and I have a suspicion that creating confusion may have been the poster's goal - but I could be wrong). In any case, this thread is about band stories, so why don't why we all cut this crap and stick to the theme? To put it another way: this is a great thread, so let's not be jackasses and ruin it, eh?