Wednesday, January 31, 2018
WACKY WEDNESDAY: A Very Rotten Birthday
I've never met John Lydon, but I have a feeling that the artist formerly known as Johnny Rotten would hate this.
But today is his 62nd birthday, so I can't resist.
Here is a musical tribute with several musicians in various styles performing Sex Pistols songs.
Happy birthday, Johnny!
Let's start with a Southern California Chicano band called Manic Hispanic
I was looking for a bluegrass Pistols cover, just naturally assuming that there was a "Pickin' On the Sex Pistols" album. I mean there are Pickin' on Creed and Pickin' on Modest Mouse and Pickin' on Poison albums, so what are the Pickin' On people waiting for?
The closest I found was this one by Hayseed Dixie. (I'm not impressed.)
This is a French group I liked in the late '80s. They're called Les Negresses Vertes and they covered this Pistols classic.
This one's really dumb. Anyone remember Green Jello -- or didn't they have to change ther name to "Green Jelly? They got some MTV play in the early '90s with their rap-metal re-telling of the 3 Little Pigs.
"Anarchy in Bedrock" is even worse.
Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Lydon neither wrote nor sang "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle." But in the hands of Lolita 18, one of my favorite Japanese punk bands, it became one of my favorite Sex Pistols covers.
Martin Clive Atkins was a drummer for Lydon's Public Image Ltd. in the late '70s and early 80's. He also did time with Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Pigface and other "industrial" groups. Around the turn of the century Atkins, recording under the name Opium Jukebox, released an entire album of Bhangra versions of Pistols songs. This is one of them:
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