A scintillating shot of roughneck rhythm and blues
The Sex Pistols
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Sunday 16 November 2008
Tuesday 11 November 2008
A document with the signature of the person who apparently inspired the Beatles hit Eleanor Rigby will be auctioned to raise funds for a charity.
Friday 10 October 2008
Thursday 18 September 2008
As the Conservatives prepare for their autumn conference, one of their most generous benefactors is still threatening to throw his considerable clout behind another party.
Saturday 30 August 2008
I don't make a habit of singing punk rock anthems in my garden, but a line from the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the UK" came to me the other day while trying to find a spot for a tree, echium (Echium pininana). What's so anarchic about that? I hear you say. Well, in the face of climate change, nothing really, it's just that it's been sitting in a pot in our backyard since June and really needs to go in the ground if it's to do its spectacular thing next year. It was the frustration of not knowing where to put this frost-tender biennial that brought on the rendition (I had to change the words slightly to fit the occasion), "I know what I want / But don't know where to plant it!" which then became my working mantra for the rest of the day.
Friday 22 August 2008
Fans thought Ultravox had pulled the plug on any chance of success in 1979, when their frontman John Foxx quit and they were dropped by Island.
Monday 04 August 2008
During the day, the Proud Gallery in Camden is exhibiting a series of photographs of Sid Vicious, whose Sex Pistols did a remarkably effective job of hiding the commercial forces behind their music. Hamfatter, playing the same venue by night, will forever be known as the band backed (to the tune of £75,000) by businessman Peter Jones on BBC2's Dragons' Den. The relationship between their art and commerce has been laid bare from the beginning.
Sunday 27 July 2008
There could be something rotten in the heart of John Lydon. Last week came reports of a backstage fracas at the Summercase festival in Barcelona, when Kele Okereke, the Nigerian singer in Bloc Party, was allegedly subjected to a racist attack by the Sex Pistols singer and was left nursing a bruised face and a split lip when members of Lydon's entourage weighed in. And then yesterday he was reported to have sung boozily about "bloody Arabs" and "towel heads" during a lengthy pub session.
Tuesday 22 July 2008
The Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has been branded a bigot after his entourage allegedly assaulted Bloc Party's Kele Okereke, in an "unprovoked and racist" attack at a music festival in Barcelona on Saturday.
Friday 18 July 2008
Formed in 1976 by Mark E Smith , The Fall sounded as discordant as a cutlery drawer sliding downstairs. The teenage Smith was a fan of Captain Beefheart and the garage sound of early-Sixties America.
Friday 11 July 2008
This fascinating book about man's relationship to the planet, as exemplified by coral, was inspired by Jones's holiday home, near "a coral island in a tropical sea". At least it was once.
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