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17-05-2008
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Sex Pistols & Public Image Ltd.
Quite surprised there isn't already on the influential Sex Pistols or Lydon's later band Public Image Ltd.

I got "Never Mind the Bullocks..." when I was around 14 or so thinking that it was cool because the Sex Pistols were like "the" punk band. I listened to it a few times but couldn't get into it at all. I mean, ok, there's sneering and mean lyrics, but it was kind of one dimensional and thus boring. Also, the fact that Malcom McLaren stole the whole punk idea from Richard Hell and the New York gang is more than a bit annoying. Anyway, I sold the record and never bothered with the Pistols again.

More recently I got into early Buzzcocks stuff and read that the Pistols were basically responsible for the Bzzcocks and other UK punk bands. I looked up some live footage of the Pistols and sort of began to understand their appeal. I think historical context is pretty important... After all that over-the-top glam rock of the early 70s, punk was like a saviour.

I still don't really care for the Pistols in terms of their music for music's sake, but much more interesting is PiL! I've only listened to Metal Box (Second Issue) and it's weird, verging on being painful to the ears, but so fun to listen to. I want to look into more PiL records, so if anyone has any suggestions...

Also, John Lydon is sort of a style icon to me, which is weird, because I normally like minimalism. But what did it for me suddenly was seeing him (on Old Grey Whistle Test) wear this long red coat, and when he took it off underneath he was wearing this mustard yellow jacket with a red tie. I was just like "ok, he is cool."

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I still like the first PiL album the best.

I also didn't "get" the Sex Pistols at first, but Never Mind the Bollocks grew on me and I came to love it. For all the band being the product of McLaren's ripoff of Richard Hell and Johnny Thunders, there are some classics on that record.

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some luvely pics of this glorious band!

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one of the best albums..ever imHo :p

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If anyone is up for some challenging music, listen to Metal Box by PiL. It's an amazing album that will bring your ears out of boredom!

I think it was such a great concept for PiL to advertise themselves as a company rather than a band. Music-making and money-making are rarely mutually exclusive. So the "company" was interested in music, films, soundtracks... and apparently modeling as well!! Just look at Jah Wobble and Keith Levene - the Vincent and Mattias of yesteryears!!



Another one... Jah is quite the comical one.


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I found this interview on Youtube when I was in a Sex Pistols/PIL kick.
John Lydon's arrogance amuses me...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BZ2UoBZzEI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQGCYlhlu7Y

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^That interview is classic! It never fails to amuse me. John is just so snotty and Keith so stupid (although he does get in a good insult at the end, when Snyder sarcastically says that the interview was one of the most interesting moments of his life, and Keith says "I'm sure it could be.")

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