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.

Transvision Vamp Featuring the Fabulous Wendy James

Posted on July 14, 2010

Wendy James of Transvision VampI have been wanting to post this one for ages now, Transvision Vamp Featuring the Fabulous Wendy James, because very simply put, I just love them. Their music is punk meets pop and the underlying beat that comes with it is a real spirit lifter. Quite frankly whenever I am feeling down in the dumps this is the music I reach for to make it all better. Not sure the wife always appreciates it but then she doesn’t love me when I am grumpy either.

I found this tribute video to Transvision Vamp by the Scissors Sisters that pretty much sums up how most people feel about the band, but more specifically Wendy James. She was pretty damned gorgeous and the video for ‘Baby I Don’t Care’ demonstrates why most members of the male gender thought why. Good looking with attitude probably sums it up.

Despite what you might be thinking, it isn’t or wasn’t all about Wendy, a significant part maybe, it is also about the sound they produced. I suppose being a 70’s teenager and brought up with Punk Rock, which if I am honest I wasn’t that mad about, I was ready for something a bit carefree and rebellious but that was fun to. Punk Rock seemed to be a little too much about anarchy and sticking two fingers up to society for me.

Hey my nan and granddad were society and well, they were my nan and granddad, so I wasn’t about to start feff’ing and jeffing in front of them for any amount of peer pressure.

So when the punk meets pop band of the 80’s comes along in the form of Transvision Vamp with the added bonus of Wendy James looking like she did, then I was sold and have been ever since. You can verify this by visiting a tribute article I wrote about them on Squidoo called simply Transvison Vamp. You can find loads more information on them and a fast route to some of their albums, which actually have a bit of a cult following. Not hard to see why, but a word of warning, there does seem to be no middle ground with this band, you will either love them or hate them. Leave me a comment if you fancy telling me which camp you are in and if its the love them category you may want to control+D this blog for some more of what you might like.