Public Image Limited – Reggie Song

Posted on October 10, 2012

John LydonIt’s a bit different to Never Mind the Bollocks, but there is still something very punk rock about this offering from Public Image Limited. Reggie Song performed on the Jools HollandThe Ting Tings - That's Not My Name. Read more ... » Late Show was the first public performance by John Lydon, once known as Johnny Rotten when he was the lead singerI Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness. Read more ... » for the Sex Pistols, and Public Image Limited for twenty years.

I am sure there will be some that say I hope it is another twenty years before they do it again, but I have to say I actually quite liked it. OK when I say there was something a bit ‘PunK RockTransvision Vamp Featuring the Fabulous Wendy James. Read more ... »’ about this performance, I should probably tone that down by saying it was a bit rebellious rather than Punk Rock, you are not exactly going to start pogo dancing to this music, well not easily anyway.

That said I know it will be an acquired taste for some and ‘not on your nelly’ for others, especially as John Lydon is probably better known by a lot of people for his butter adverts than his music of late. Or at least it was in a butter advert that I last saw him on the telly and before that it was brief appearance in ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’, where he did a runner after what seemed a very short stayShakespeare's Sister-Stay. Read more ... » a couple of years or so ago. You could say he took the title of the show literally.

It has been rumoured that he has presented a few programs here and there, the USA, UK and Belgium. I think Belgium sums it up for me, not much chance I was going to spot him there and I didn’t catch any of his other venues either.

He has always been a bit controversial, that’s why you love him or hate him really. I suppose being a similar age I am always slightly amused by his antics, but have wondered for a while when was finally going to grow up. Watching the performance, whether you like it or not, I have to say he did come across as ‘grown up’ and they made a pretty good effort at providing a decent performance with no mad antics, just the music and like I said I did actually quite like Reggie Song.

Is John Lydon a national treasure? Nah not really, maybe from a nostalgic perspective, but that’s as far as I would push it.

Did Punk Rock change the face of music in the UK? I don’t think so, it would have changed anyway, music always does eventually and there are those that would argue it was only one badly behaved TV interview that made the Sex Pistols famous, so why should John Lydon be credited with leading an initiative that is said to have changed the face of music in the UK; that’s assuming of course you think he has been.

I tend to fall on the side of the argument that the Sex Pistols were not the best Punk Rock band around, there were a few other Punk Rock bands that were for the most part a bit better than the Pistols in truth. They just didn’t get the level of publicity that the interview provided for the Sex Pistols. So you could say they were the best at being badly behaved.

Anyway here it is, John Lydon and Public Image Limited performing Reggie Song. I liked it so perhaps you will too.

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