JOHN ROTTEN LYDON – Happy 60 – Pros & Cons Of An Angry Energy Man…

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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…

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PRO:
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.
CON:
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…

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PRO:
As a young brat he despised fat rich bastards and
bloody spoiled rock and roll stars…
CON:
He became an L.A. based fat rich bastard and
a bloody spoiled rock and roll star himself.
PRO:
He never ever comprised regarding his music and
made (first) three stunning LP’s with P.I.L.
CON:
Followed by too much mediocre P.I.L. albums.

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PRO:
He was co-author of the best punk rock album ever.
CON:
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.

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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)

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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…

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3/ ‘Death Disco’
Striking. Written for his mother.
Album: Metal Box’ (1979) – Best ever P.I.L. achievement.
Innovative & experimental. Magnus opus.

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4/ ‘Banging the Door’
Creepy. Piercing. Bang bang…
Album: ‘The Flowers Of Romance’ (1981) – Another sonic revelation.
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5/ ‘Double Trouble’
His first real ‘bollocks’ lyrics, but his nastiest groove in years…
Album: ‘What The World Needs Now…’ (2015) – Smoking comeback.

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JOHN LYDON: Website – Facebook – Twitter

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Happy 60, John(ny.) May the road rise with you…

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