Public Image Limited – Reggie Song

Posted on October 14, 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 Holland Late Show was the first public performance by John Lydon, once known as Johnny Rotten when he was the lead singer 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 Rock’ 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 stay 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.

The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name

Posted on January 01, 2012

It was a great night on the Jools Holland show last night for his New Year Hootenanny and I loved the performances by The Ting Tings. I might have been a bit premature searching for the YouTube videos of the show however, all I could find was Jessie J’s Price Tag, James Morrison and Pokey Lafarge. So I had to settle for a previous version of the Ting Tings performing ‘That’s Not My Name’. Bit of a shame because I thought the one from last night seeing us into 2012 was better than this one. Still I’ll keep checking and I am sure it will come on-line eventually and then I can change it out. There were a few more I wanted to blog about, Sandie Shaw was excellent and so was Cindy Lauper’s Time after Time. I quite liked Caro Emerald as well, so I will definitely be looking again in a few days to see what has appeared. I popped a little bit of Caro from Strictly in to give you a flavour of what she gets up to, the dancing is not bad either.

The Ting Tings ‘That’s Not My Name’ has actually been around since 2008 when it went to number 1 in the UK charts. So as usual I have been a bit slow catching up. Time does fly when you are enjoying yourself after all. I think what appealed was that Ting Tings sounded a little like one my most favourite bands Transvision Vamp, which I always refer to as a punk meets pop group. Strange then that Katie White started in an all girl punk group called TKO (Technical Knock Out)

Their d├ębut album was We Started Nothing released in 2008 but which initially found its way onto the Internet consequently being downloaded for free by rather a lot of unscrupulous people. Loyal fans came to their rescue however and supported the group by starting to buy the album legally taking them to number 1 in the UK album charts. According to Wikipedia anyway.

That’s quite good really, because at the end of the day, illegal downloading has the potential to kill the industry and no one sensible wants that to happen. I will get off my soapbox now though, in case I bore anyone to death with my goody two shoes attitude, and anyway I need to get on with some illegal downloading now. Only joking. Here is the album listing and I hope you enjoy the videos.

We Started Nothing

1. Great DJ 3:22
2. That’s Not My Name 5:10
3. Fruit Machine 2:52
4. Traffic Light 2:57
5. Shut Up And Let Me Go 2:51
6. Keep Your Head 3:22
7. Be The One 2:56
8. We Walk 4:04
9. Impacilla Carpisung 3:39
10. We Started Nothing 6:22