Monday, March 09, 2009

the Sex Pistols:

a) were the world's first manufactured boy band

b) were cultural icons who spat in the face of convention and changed the path of modern music

c) included a murderer among its members

d) were victims of the greed and incompetence of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood

I'm not sure if I know the definitive answer, but I did just review John Lydon's autobiography Lydon: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs. Check it out over at the Bookworm Collective, yo.


Joe said...

would that answer be E) All of the above?

Looks cool--I have to hit the library now.

Gifted Typist said...

I thought the Monkeys were the original assembled boy band

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Almost, Bubs, I think it's pretty much been agreed that Viscous did not kill Spungen, but those other points are certainly arguable.
Interesting read, though, no matter what you think of the band.

They were second, apparently, Gifted, but they modelled themselves after the Sex Pistols.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Johnny Rotten came off looking like a prince in that Sex Pistols documentary. I must read this book soon.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

He's an interesting fellow, Dr M, and never at a loss for words.

Sean Wraight said...

I really did enjoy his book when I read it several years back. I recall the many contradictions in the book at the time and dismissed it as typical Lydon bravado. He tends to be a bit chameleonesque when recalling the band's history but I think that is part of his agenda. In a sense I suppose it keeps the myth alive that way by making it more than slightly ambiguous.

He will always be one of rock n' rolls great characters. The stories, the music, the performances. I'm thinking we could write an opera about this Barbara! Are you up for it?


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Am I up for writing an opera about the Sex Pistols, Sean? You know it, buddy! Is it a problem that I can't read music?

But that story really is prime opera material, you are dead right. It practically writes itself.

Lyson sure is a multi-faceted and intriguing character.



Allison said...

Sounds like a good read.

Someone gave me a Sid Viscous action figure (as part of the Johnny Rotten duo). Amazingly through my travels its stayed with me.

Karen's Mouth said...

On our shores John Lydon is currently advertising butter. Which is pretty weird.

Sounds an interesting read.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Not the first word I would have chosen, UB, hahaha but I'm not going to judge.

A Sid Viscous action figure? Al, that's incredible, so glad you looked after that piece of history! Did you have the Rotten doll as well, then?

Country Life Butter! Quite amazing, really, Kees. It sure demonstrates how hard it is to peg Mr Lydon, bless his weird little heart.

Allison said...

Nay, the person who gave it to me has the Johnny Rotten. :)

Bridget Jones said...

all of the above!