JOHNNY ROTTEN – JOHN LYDON
Born on 31 January 1956 in London
Most fascinating & entertaining punk
that ever walked this planet…
What did the boogie man actually for me?
Here are some good & some bad things…
He was the young, vitriolic brain of the Sex Pistols
writing spot on zeitgeist lyrics no other punk ever matched.
His onstage persona was charismatic and gloriously defiant.
Besides the hunchback part he still exploits that personage.
He smelled money far too soon with his Rotten character
therefore he still IS that money-making Rotten character.
Only older, with another name and still moaning 24/7
about the same old things…
As a young brat he despised fat rich bastards and
bloody spoiled rock and roll stars…
He became an L.A. based fat rich bastard and
a bloody spoiled rock and roll star himself.
He never ever comprised regarding his music and
made (first) three stunning LP’s with P.I.L.
Followed by too much mediocre P.I.L. albums.
He was co-author of the best punk rock album ever.
He split with The Pistols before I could see
the wankers play (I was a teenage kid) in Belgium.
The three reunion gigs I saw were a good comic
night out. No more, no less. Fat rich bastards.
Here are five of my favorite, outstanding momentums of the man’s musical escapades.
1/ ‘God Save The Queen’
The straight in your corrupt-political-face lyrics are still frighteningly relevant…
Album: ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ (1978)
2/ ‘Public Image’
Stunning start of his second life (brilliant bass intro by Jah Wobble)…
Album: ‘First Issue’ (1978) – A fuck you to the Sex Pistols & the world…
3/ ‘Death Disco’
Striking. Written for his mother.
Album: Metal Box’ (1979) – Best ever P.I.L. achievement.
Innovative & experimental. Magnus opus.
5/ ‘Double Trouble’
His first real ‘bollocks’ lyrics, but his nastiest groove in years…
Album: ‘What The World Needs Now…’ (2015) – Smoking comeback.
Happy 60, John(ny.) May the road rise with you…