The Sex Pistols
it’s a year difficult to define by one single mood
Will include the famous Lesser Free Trade Hall show
‘We need to explode all the shit once more.’
At the time, punk felt like the most incredible thing that had ever ever happened, it took the world, it took the entire rock world of the UK, cpsized it, and the US followed even though neither the Sex Pistols nor punk rock had the blindest chance of maintaining it.
I was fed up doing pictures of Yes for the N.M.E. I loathed the music, the pretencious capes,platform shoes, billowing hair, and keyboards in the round. Along came this kickass, not heavy on musical talent, London foursome- The Sex Pistols,scamming me for cigs and beer,causing utter chaos wherever they played, and providing my cameras with exciting pictures.
On January 15th, 1978, Johnny Rotten took a plane from San Francisco to New York and stayed with my friend Joe Stevens while announcing to the world he had left the Sex Pistols. Johnny spent two weeks before returning to the UK and inventing Public Image Ltd
“Anarchy in the U.K.,” The Sex Pistols. In November of ’76, a sea change occurred in the U.K. music scene as Johnny Rotten introduced himself as an anti-Christ/anarchist. While Rotten was declaring his goal to destroy passersby, the multi-tracked guitar of Steve Jones roared in violent agreement with the sentiment.
It is so difficult to ‘shock’ anymore in entertainment that we consider chicks like Miley Cyrus controversial. Gimme a break and better yet give her one. When bands used to spit or puke on you, or better yet piss and defecate on you (thanks GG Alin!) sticking your tongue out and rubbing your ass on Robin Thick is child’s play.
1950s – Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley – the American songbook and the King Of Rock and Roll, and really, if there is a changing of the guards in 1956 it is between these two men. Incidentally, a sign of the time but neither wrote their own material.