Thursday, November 02, 2006

Punker Chewing Gum

He's blowing a bubble, has spike hair, and is wearing an earring. God save the Queen, the fascist regime. Which some pedant pointed out was a contradiction in terms. Like fractal and art. But so what, if it works anyway. Punk was a good send up of the dinosaur acts. Yes, ELP, Pink Floyd, all those acts Rotten disliked so much. At least his stuff didn't sound like that. Rotten would introduce Pistol's songs by saying things like, "What's it like to have bad taste?" and, "Another tuneless racket..." The joke was on them too. No future, no future, no future, for you. Well, they did ok on their nostalgia tours, which at one time they swore they'd never undertake (Wot we gunna do, dig up poor Sid?). Instead, they dug up the original bassist they'd sacked, allegedly for being a Beatles fan, and they put out a DVD which I saw recently. They've really mellowed a great deal. Almost personable now (though here and there, Rotten does pour scorn - he's not quite dead yet, he'll have ya know). There's a segment where Steve Jones demos his licks. He looks genuinely happy that anyone would be interested, but they really weren't bad at all, and those Marshalls, well you can hardly miss with those. Actually, the best music to come out of the 70s was... DISCO.


Blogger cruelanimal said...

The best music of the punk era was (wait for it) DISCO?!? Forget the Halloween ghosts and goblins. That's veeeeerrry scary.

If so, no wonder the Ramones wanted to be sedated and sniff some glue...

11/03/2006 11:49 AM

Blogger Paul said...

Homer Simpson once said that rock peaked in 1974 & has gone downhill since.

You know, I do think the late sixties through late seventies were the all-time best years for rock, probably because that's when I grew up.
I imagine someone ten or fifteen years younger than me would pick the eighties or nineties.
It's real hard to picture my teenage daughters in 2036 fondly recalling the music of this decade. But I suppose they will...

11/03/2006 9:47 PM

Blogger Philip Northover said...

I heard that the much beloved Disco beat was invented by someone in Italy. A google search on "disco does not suck" gives about 57 hits, while a search on "disco sucks" gives about 104,000... well, there's no accounting for taste... :-)

I'd have said late 60s early 70s were rock's best, but I'm assured that grunge, nirvana, and cobain were the "real thing" (TM) too. Never even heard a note of it until the guy died. But the line, "here we are now, entertain us", did get a gut reaction from me, namely, "who the **** do you think you are ya little twerp, entertain yourself!" ;-) It was good stuff though.

11/04/2006 9:23 AM


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