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04/14/2004 Entry: "Hey, it's the Sex Pistols, okay?"

"The Sex Pistols, as the saying goes, Wiped The Slate Clean so then The Clash could come along and scribble the same garbage all over it people like Joan Baez had been squawking at us about for years. That was The Brave New World we'd been looking forward to - Don't Eat Meat, Fight The Pigs, and Re Elect Jimmy Carter? I'd turned my nose up at Van Halen and AC/DC for THAT?

"When The Sex Pistols said everything was crap they meant EVERYTHING. That "Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted" slogan is only a temporary state of mind, you can only empty your head of all the foolishness in the world long enough to relax a little before it all comes sneaking back bit by bit faster and faster until one day you find yourself listening to a psychedelic triple record set with Disco Cold War songs, innumerable reggae dub remixes, and lyrics about Nicaraguan Sandinistas. "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" is the sound of a mind as pure of outside clutter as possible and free to knock around whatever's left - The Queen, The Berlin Wall, Stupid Record Companies - around like balls of a Snooker Table. Listen to The Clash after The Sex Pistols and it's like when the alarm clock radio comes on with the morning news and you have to wake up to go to work. "Awwww, shiiiit . . . "

"And just look at who you're gonna be working for - The Clash were an Old American Hippy's idea of how The Sex Pistols should have presented themselves to The Great Unwashed. I bet Hillary Clinton has every one of their records on CD and plays them all the time! By the time her Dad was elected President, Chelsea was as sick of hearing "London Calling" around the house as I was of my Mom's "Mary Poppins" soundtrack record. When I finally saw The Clash in 1982 I thought I'd accidentally wandered into a Crosby, Stills, Nash, And Yuk concert there were so many tie dyed, sandal wearing, grooving pieces of shit flopping all over the place. If it hadn't been for The Replacements that would have been the end of rock and roll for me right then and there - Stupid no good for nothin' Replacements!

"'Let fury have the hour! Anger can be power!' - No wonder the poor bastard's ticker gave out on him."
Sex Pistols VS The Clash, by John Saleeby, Acid Logic, April 2004

Hey, no contest, it's the Sex Pistols. Add in that the infallible John Saleeby has NEVER been wrong about ANYTHING in his life (which makes it a tautology, yay!), and you've got no contest... squared.

Because I could croon along with Clash songs in the car, I could never really take them as seriously as a punk band as I did the Ramones or the Sex Pistols. And Clash songs were so long! I remember Dr. Demento (I'm not making this up) playing the first Ramones songs and thanking them for bringing back short rock songs. Well, Dr. Demento pre-dates almost everything, so I guess he can be forgiven for calling it rock. I love Dr. Demento, he introduced me to Fats Waller and Spike Jones (the bandleader, not the guy who spells it with a z, like Liza).

I am not anti-Clash, I am merely pro-Sex Pistols and Ramones. Hey ho lets go!

 

 

 

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