I was going to write something about this topic, but Brendan O’Neill got there first, and did it perfectly.
Read the whole thing.
Update: Nobody seems to have noticed the “classical reference” in both the title and O’Neill’s enjoinder. It’s taken from a Cheech & Chong sketch from the late 1970s (I think it’s the Big Bambu album) which satirizes a British punk band. And, of course, the “Reg” here is Elton John’s real first name.