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One album wonders: The Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

Posted by Eric Brightwell, December 8, 2014 08:16am | Post a Comment
The Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (1977)

Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

In the early 1980s, when I was in elementary school, I remember asking my father what mental illness was. This was the era of deinstitutionalization, when most of the nation's mental institutions were emptied onto the streets which were at the same time flooded with AIDS and crack. Not surprisingly, most popular entertainment was decidedly escapist in nature.

Hey Hey were the Sex Pistols
Hey hey we're the Pistols!

I probably asked my father because I assumed he was an authority on the subject, him being a psychiatrist at the VA and also himself clearly not right in the head. To answer my question he briefly told me about the Sex Pistols, specifically their seemingly innocuous use of safety pins in fashion. I didn't come away from our conversation with even a better understanding of mental illness but I imagined that the Sex Pistols must be a very frightening bunch indeed to exemplify insanity in that insane era where our society's inevitable and impending doom was guaranteed -- probably because of satanic cults, child abductionHalloween poisoningssubliminal messages, Dungeons & Dragons, or Sigue Sigue Sputnik

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The 12 Days of Coachella: 8 Don't I Know You From Somewhere?

Posted by Amoebite, April 12, 2010 05:58pm | Post a Comment
"One man's attempt to dissect the method to 3 days of madness in the desert"
  - By Scott Butterworth


On the 3rd weekend of April my Coachella will give to me.....
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12 DJ's DJing.....11 Angelenos....10 Duos Duet-ing....9 Debut Albums....

....and 8 "Don't I Know You From Somewhere?":  

Public Image Limited
She & Him
The Cribs
Perry Ferrall vs. Steve Porter
Major Lazer
Bad Lieutenant
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Owen Pallet


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PiL TO BE CHANNELED AT AMOEBAPALOOZA HOLLYWOOD

Posted by Billyjam, September 12, 2009 07:08am | Post a Comment
   PiL "Careering" + "Poptones" on American Bandstand, May 1980

The Guardian UK announced this week that the recently reformed John Lydon-led Public Image Limited (PiL) will be performing five announced UK only dates in the coming months. For those who can't make the trip over the pond, the short but exciting planned set by Studio 154 at tomorrow night's (September 13th) Amoebapalooza Hollywood '09 should somewhat satisfy the need to hear the music of the post Sex Pistols Lydon band, whose almost surreal performance (as in "performance" art) on American Bandstand from 1980 is excerpted in the video above. 
As in the PiL TV clip above, Studio 154 will also be performing (not lip syncing) the song "Poptones" as well as music by two other bands in their all too brief 10 minute set scheduled for after 11pm. Comprised of Bob Weider on vocals, Bill Tutton on bass, and Amoebites Greg Griffith on guitar and vocals,, Rick Frystak on  guitar & efx, Rick Frystak, and Marc Weinstein on drums, the band's 3 song set will, in addition to PiL, also include the music of Gang of Four ("Not Great Men") and Wire ("Blessed State"). 
"The Wire song is off the 154 album, so, [it's] a play on words with Studio 54," said Weinstein, adding, "We feel as if this era of minimalist post-punk art rock has been generally under-represented at Amoebapalooza in the past."
As for the actual post-punk band PiL, the newly reformed lineup by Lydon, who you'll recall also regrouped the Sex Pistols in years past, will not include original PiL members Jah Wobble and Keith Levene. Instead it will be made up of late-1980s PiL members Lu Edmonds and Bruce Smith, in addition to Scott Firth, who has played with various pop/rock acts over the years. Read the Guardian UK article linked above for more insights on this reunion.

Meanwhile, among the other 22 acts scheduled (two more than on the flyer) to perform at Amoebapalooza Hollywood tomorrow night are Ben Ricci, The Sonnets, The Zombie Zombies, and Flathead. Click here for more info on Amoebapalooza Hollywood 09.

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT ANARCHY IN THE UK

Posted by Billyjam, December 7, 2008 10:53am | Post a Comment


Former Sex Pistols front man Johnny "Rotten" Lydon's recent TV commercial in the UK for Country Life Butter has had a mixed response by fans of the man's music. Some laugh off the ad (above) which was unveiled in October as just a bit of fun and a way for the musician to make some needed funds. Others, including JAMsponge, who made the song/video "I Can't Believe Johnny Rotten Has Done an Advert for Butter" below, are outraged by the former poster boy for anarchy in the UK who they accuse of "selling out." 

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!

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