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NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS...WHERE DID THE TIME GO?

Posted by Billyjam, September 21, 2007 05:24am | Post a Comment
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As recently reported by the BBC, the remaining members of the Sex Pistols (John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon, Steve Jones, and Paul Cook) will reunite for a concert in London, England on November 8th this year to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their punk rock classic and modern music history-changing 1977 album Never Mind The Bollocks....Here's the Sex Pistols. This will not be the first time the band has reformed since its abrupt break up in January 1978 in San Francisco at the end of their one and only US tour, or since Sid Vicious died of a drug overdose in 1979.

Eleven years ago the Sex Pistols reformed for the 1996 Filthy Lucre Tour, which included dates in the States, Europe, Australia, Japan, and other countries. They also reformed and performed in 2002, which coincidentally was the year of the Queen's Golden Jubilee. The makers of "God Save The Queen" performed that year at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London. And most recently, the Sex Pistols performed in 2003 when they did a brief 3-week tour of the US which they fondly titled the Piss Off Tour.

There are numerous books and chapters in books written about the Pistols. In terms of video footage, the best full-length piece is The Filth and the Fury, the Julien Temple 2000 documentary which you should find on DVD at Amoeba Music. It's really amazingly engaging and educational and well worth owning. Of the countless controversial interviews that the Sex Pistols, and in particular the brilliant John Lydon, have conducted, two are included below. These are the infamous British Thames TV interview with Bill Grundy back in Januray 1976 (that includes a very young Siouxse Sioux), and the more recent John Lydon interview from last year with Jimmy Kimmel in which he tells it like it is in reaction to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lydon and,the other two surviving members promptly turned the offer down, vocally dismissing it as an "obscene gesture." Check out both video clips. They're great!

As I am sure it is quite obvious, I am a huge Sex Pistols/John Lydon fan and while I believe (as many do) that PiL were far superior musically, the reason I love the Pistols and Rotten/Lydon in particular is what he/they represented and what they really said, which basically was this: Wake up and be fuckin' original. Stop following trends and create your own world, your own music, your own fashion. In other words:  Think for yourself! So to see kids today or even to have seen kids back in 1980 (even then punk was dead as a fashion/movement, not as a mindset) dressing up in their uniforms of identical hair styles and ripped clothes with pins and other accessories that merely aped the punks of 76/77 annoyed me because it defeated the whole purpose. It's like they weren't listening.

And as for the music? Don't get me started! Now again, I admit I am a biased bastard -- one who favors harder music over soft (usually, not always) and I understand that musical tastes are all subjective, but even so, come on now! And I'm not even going to get into the whole post-Green Day cookie-cutter, Warped Tour, TV show soundtrack ready, bubblegum "punk" clones. I won't even tackle that. It's just too easy a target. The whole point of punk rock as a musical revolution was to overthrow the AOR, corporate, laid back crap type rock that (by the mid seventies) had overcome a musical form (rock'n'roll) that was originally all about rebellion and individuality. It was a time when dominant artists like Air Supply passed as 'rock'. So forgive me, but when I hear modern day mush (a la Air Supply) such as Maroon 5 or James Blunt, I have to scream aloud in frustration -- you know, like in the movies where you see that overhead panning-out camera shot of the lone guy out in the middle of a street, the rain pouring down on his troubled face, hands manically gripping his head, and screaming at the top of his lungs: AGGGGGGGHHHHH!!!! That's me. That's how I feel sometimes. But what do you think? Please add your COMMENTS (good, bad, or ugly) below at bottom of this AMOEBLOG. Thanks!

 

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