Perhaps the most interesting thing about owning matching Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten dolls is related to the following thought exercise: While we all know that Rotten is something like a genius, in Sid's case it is not entirely clear who is more intelligent: the actual man or his stuffed and sewn counterpart. If you were starting a band today and needed a bassist, whom would you want to recruit? The actual Sid, or Sid Stichous, the sock toy? In terms of sheer musical acumen, probably a wash. At least Sid Stichous isn't wearing a swastika T-shirt, so we have that to consider. Well, anyway these are available for purchase and would probably spruce up any wedding registry. Somewhere Glen Matlock is wondering, "Where the fuck is my sock-toy likeness?" But then, we guess, so are most of us.
If you can’t quite get your fix from The Lego Movie (which honestly, who could blame you) artist Adly Syairi Ramly has you covered with 20 bands he’s recreated in Lego form. No photoshopping was involved and everyone from Joy Division to No Doubt to Radiohead to Napalm Death shows up. Check out a gallery… More »
It was 1975 when fashion maven and self-styled music impresario Malcolm McLaren had his first fateful encounter with the then-17-year-old John Lydon, soon to be notoriously rechristened Johnny Rotten. The precocious Lydon was wearing an old Pink Floyd T-shirt that he had refurbished with the words “I HATE” scrawled across the band’s name. This a… More »
When M.I.A. held up her middle finger during Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show last weekend, she dominated blog chatter for a few days and incited a few minor cable-TV debates. She could have to pay a fine, and she’s definitely changed the narrative around her next album. But she hasn’t gotten anywhere near the pantheo… More »
Last month Death Cab For Cutie returned to the spotlight with “You Are A Tourist,” the great first single and video from their forthcoming Codes And Keys. A sunny addition to our spring playlist, it recalls brighter moments of mid-period Cure when it’s not channeling “Float On.” That’s fitting given how Ben Gibbard’s got five… More »
Last week the Animal Collective bros released an official mixtape for their new … sneakers. That is a thing now. Gotta keep fans on their toes (ouch, sorry). The shoes which you can see here benefit the Socorro island Conservation Fund, and they are cruelty free, except to your eyes.
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The Daily Swarm reports that this new Sex Pistols Fragrance offers a “fresh, restless bite of lemon, sharpened and intensified by a defiant black pepper.” It’s being sold exclusively at the Fragrance Shop and, we’re told, is “electrified by aldehydes, the fragrance exudes pure energy, pared down and pumped up by leather, shot through with… More »
Strangely, shortly after posting about PiL’s first US television appearance since 1992, we got word that Sex Pistols svengali/manager/promoter Malcolm McLaren died of cancer at a hospital in Switzerland at the age of 64. The New York Times’ Arts Beat reports his longtime companion Young Kim has confirmed the news. Outside of handling the Sex… More »
Like I said the other day, in times like these we judge not the artists who are joining to make whatever difference they can in reconstructing Haiti via their art, we just celebrate that it’s happening. But Susan Boyle, Miley Cyrus, & James Blunt this is not: The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan and his good bud… More »
Beating Hot Topic at its own game, Christie’s has scheduled their first full-scale auction of punk memorabilia. The lots, which go up for sale on 11/24, include more than 120 records, photos and “promotional pieces” from Patti Smith, the Ramones, the Velvet Underground, David Bowie, the Smiths, the Cure, and Blondie, etc. Right, the Bank… More »
Bloc Party and Coldplay fan John Lydon is taking a break from revisionist history (remember, you ripped off Richard Hell, Johnny, not vice versa) to sell Country Life butter. A fitting product tie-in for someone who’s gone (always was?) so soft. Surprisingly, it’s reportedly the first time he’s appeared in a television commercial, because going… More »
While we were flying back from Chicago, news spread hard and fast about a spat between outspoken post-punk kid Kele Okereke and outspoken punk-punk grandaddy Johnny Rotten, occurring Saturday night in Barcelona. Honestly that would be enough to make it newsworthy in blogland, but it’s Okereke’s claims of what motivated the attack that make it… More »
Speaking of… Here’s Johnny Rotten on Coldplay: “I pity the poor bastards who have to watch them. They are utterly humourless. I met them a few years ago, said hello and realised they were just men in anoraks. They looked like a gang of little poncey masturbators. There is no fun, they don’t offer joy. More »
Come on R.I.P.ped rockers, it’s getting really hard to keep track of this now. P4K reports that Ian Curtis and Sid Vicious will be amongst the artist-likenesses used to pimp Converses to people who prefer taking style tips from dead people. It’s part of the shoe company’s “Connectivity” campaign, “which gets its name by ‘visually… More »
The October issue of SPIN includes a feature about 1977 and the ol’ punk explosion. Of course, Johnny Lydon’s dusted off to say a few things. And, just as of course, he makes a few headline-baiting statements, attempting to define “punk” according to his questionable criteria. It’s the classic bait and bitch — he like… More »
We pulled this together just in time for your lunch break. Make it a long one. In memory of Tom Snyder, who passed yesterday at the age of 71.
From 1973-1982, the coveted post-Carson slot on NBC belonged to the legendary Snyder and his The Tomorrow Show, an off-kilter interview program featuring Tom’… More »
This is news-y not only ’cause it’s yet another posthumous appropriation of Kurt’s likeness for corporate ends, but also ’cause Courtney had nothing to do with it. Shocking, yes. Reader Joe delivers the news about Doc Martens UK campaign to promote the durability and rocker appeal of their boots (see they even survive transubstantiation!). Here’… More »
Today’s installment of Stereogum’s ongoing, dire attempts to find excuses to post about LOST is, well, considerably less dire than posts past. In a flashback-worthy crossing of paths, the actor who portrays America’s favorite Iraqi torture expert, Naveen Andrews, found salvation from a life of booze and drugs in the least likely of places: at… More »
Twenty five years into its publishing history, the UK’s most widely circulated weekly music mag Kerrang! offers up its list for the finest punk records of all time. The ranking comes by way of PSNYC, who adds, “it’s a piece of shit.” Here it goes:50. Killing Joke — Killing Joke (1980)
49. G.B.H. — Leather,… More »
The music mavens at the venerable Time magazine have compiled their list of the “ALL-TIME 100″ albums — unranked and broken down by decade. We’re not sure what’s better: that only five albums of the past five years are among their 100 greatest, or that four of those five were by people who were dead… More »