The Sex Pistols stand alone release-'Never Mind The Bollox..’ features very little of Sid Vicious if at all.
Sid was not the greatest of musician or using the word musician was a loose word to describe him. He was self taught, the story of how he did hinges on the debut record By The Ramones.
The Ramones self titled debut album, the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ of the Punk generation, this was the tool Sid used to learn the bass.
A marathon fourteen-hour session of purely listening and learning as you go taught Sid the bass or so legend goes at least, throw in the story of being on speed to stay awake and focused and now it becomes more real.
Anyone associated with Sid or the Pistols always maintain that Sid was a far better singer than bass player, the ‘Rock N Roll Swindle Soundtrack’ holds weight to that theory. With songs such as 'Something Else' and 'C'mon Everybody' and his apocalyptic version of 'My Way', are without doubt extremely good as rock songs go let alone punk songs and suited Sid perfectly. He had the snarl and can add that extra tone of aggression and malice in his vocal.
In the background of Jim Callaghan's Labour Led Britain, heading into a winter of discontent,what spit in the face hope the Sex Pistols ‘Never Mind The Bollox..’ must have given the young generation.
As the needle hit the marching intro of 'Holiday In The Sun', not an album of escapism but rather one of aggressive acceptance at the state of the country, like the Bob Dylan of the sixties, the young had a voice.
A monumental work is found in the Sex Pistols one and true release.
Sid plays two roles on that album, one the image of the album, a projection on what a band with that much aggression should act and look like, the other was the tune 'Bodies', the only song that Vicious is reported to have played bass on.
By all accounts he was hospitalised during the recording due to having contracted hepatitis or jaundice depending on who is telling the story. Steve Jones is the man covering the bass lines throughout the rest of the recording as legend goes.
Did he do it?
Nancy Laura Spungen was murdered on the 12th-of-October 1978 at the age of 20.
The girlfriend of Sid Vicious suffered a stab wound at the Chelsea Hotel in New York and bled to death. All very bleak and sad.
Viscous was arrested and charged with her murder and served time in Rikers Island penitentiary in New York.
Before Vicious stood trial and while out on bail, he died of an overdose,four months after Nancy on the second-of-February 1979. This was an apparent assisted suicide as he had proclaimed he wanted to be:
'Under the ground!'.
His previous suicide attempts pointed to this frame of mind, this led to the case was being closed by the NYPD.
The theory of what happened that night,
has been told many times, which leads to
two theories as to how Nancy or ‘Nauseating Nancy’, as the British tabloids named her, died that night and neither involve Vicious murdering her.
The first is Spungen made it clear she did not want to live past the age of 21 and a suicide pact, which went wrong, Sid being too stoned to kill himself and Spungen stabbing herself with the hunting knife Sid had obtained for some say that very reason.It would explain Sids testimony of;'She must have fell on the knife'
By that he means stabbing or pushing the knife into herself. In the days and weeks that followed Vicious had tried to commit suicide, one attempt jumping out a window screaming;
“I want to be with Nancy!”
Sids mother, Anne Beverly is thought to have assisted in the suicide and presented a letter after Sids passing that read;
'We had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby. Bury me in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots. Goodbye.'
That is one theory, the second that may be very close to the truth is this, it was a botched robbery, botched in the sense that Vicious was out cold but Nancy disturbed whoever it was that had entered the room.
A fact not widely publicised is Sids royalty money was gone from the room safe.
There had been two people present earlier that night, an apparent drug dealer only named as 'Michael' and a comedian-dealer known as Rockets Redglare, who had been to the room to delivery a batch of drugs earlier that evening was due to return.
So when he or this supposed 'Michael' returned to rob the royalty payment, they would have found Sid passed out and maybe got disturbed by Spungen which led to her murder.
Apparently this Rocket Redglare did admit to the murder years after but to friends and not the NYPD, if there's truth in it it’s long buried.
The NYPD closed the case quickly, no investigation was ever done to find out what happened to Sids royalty money, nor were the fingerprints on the knife and in the apartment ever fully investigated. It was a dead Punk,a dead junky, but behind it all it was twenty-year old girl and a twenty-one year old guy.
Kevin Burke January ‘19
OFFICIAL E-TROPOLIS PRE-PARTY ON FRIDAY 15.03.2019 with DJs JOHAN VAN ROY (Suicide Commando), SVEN FRIEDRICH (Solar Fake), MSTH (ElectronicDanceArt)
OFFICIAL E-TROPOLIS PRE-PARTY ON FRIDAY 15.03.2019!
The official E-TROPOLIS PRE-PARTY goes into its third round and therewith contributes to a still young but very fine tradition.
On Friday, 15.03., you can party at Turbinenhalle 2. From 10:00 pm they will dive into the night, once again with three excellent DJs who have announced their participation, masters of their craft, to pick up the tone of the main event with a variety of dark electronic tunes:
JOHAN VAN ROY (Suicide Commando)
SVEN FRIEDRICH (Solar Fake)
For all festival visitors showing their E-tropolis Festival 2019 ticket at the entrance, admission to the pre-party is free. For others it is 8,00 € each.
IX. E-TROPOLIS FESTIVAL 2019
16 March 2019 D – Oberhausen | Turbinenhalle
SUICIDE COMMANDO + DIE KRUPPS + SOLAR FAKE + WELLE:ERDBALL
[:SITD:] + VELVET ACID CHRIST + [X]-RX + CENTHRON + PRIEST
FUTURE LIED TO US + SYNTHATTACK + ES23 + RROYCE
+ after-show party
+ merchant gallery + chill-out areas
+ official pre-party @ 15 March | Turbinenhalle 2 - DJs JOHAN VAN ROY / SVEN FRIEDRICH / MSTH
(admission included in festival ticket, stand alone tickets available at the door for 8,00 €)
On this day, exactly 35 years ago The Cure performed in the Alabama Halle, Munich, Germany!
On the 30th of January 1984 The Cure performed at the Munich Alabama Halle, Germany.
The show was captured and later broadcast by German TV on several occasions.
Munich Alabamahalle 30/01/84
M (not on either of both videos)
Shake Dog Shake
Piggy In The Middle
10:15 Saturday Night
Play For Today
The Top (2nd YouTube video only)
Pornography (2nd YouTube video only)
Forever (not on either of both videos)
Filth Pig is the sixth studio album by American Industrial-Metal band Ministry, released on 30th January 1996.
Rumours say the album title was derived from a statement made by Teddy Taylor in the British House Of Parliament who described Ministry’s singer Al Jourgensen as a filthy pig. Four tracks from the album would be later released as seperate singles; The Fall, Lady Lay Lay, Reload and Brik Windows.
The opposite of the previously released and successful album ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ, also referred to as Psalm 69, it was a less electronically infused record which divided the fans totally.
The cover art shows a man holding the American Stars & Stripes flag, with blood dripping from a chunk of raw meat on his head. He wears a badge on his chest saying 'Don't blame me'.
The highest notation in the Billboard 200 was in February 1996 at 19th position. The album lasted 10 weeks in the charts.
Al Jourgensen stated later: "Everyone hated Filth Pig. They all wanted Psalm 70, and I gave them an electronic-free record full of gun-in-mouth dirges of nothing but pain. Aside from the cover art, the humour was gone. All that was left was misery. And I still had to tour the fucking thing - which went down in history as the interminable, intolerable, absolutely depraved Sphinctour.”
Filth Pig Lyrics
I start out you're in a daze and people start younger
In a thousand days and it's getting overexposed
Then someone asks, "How do you sleep at night?"
With the borrowed dreams from a broken past
You keep runnin' away don't matter how fast
or long you always wind up there
Another thousand pileups in the ugly name of morality
Fucking ugly, some creepy guy keeps asking
"How the fuck do you sleep at night?"
With a frozen dream and a borrowed hope that died
Filth pig, filth pig
I sleep with both eyes open
Filth pig, filth pig
I keep chasing this tail but the tail gets bigger go figure
A thousand... keep the fires and flames alive
So how the fuck do I dream at night?
With the memories of a borrowed death, the guilty tide
Filth pig, filth pig
He sleeps with both eyes open
Filth pig, filth pig
He sleeps all right because he's a
Thirty-years ago this month, the album “Technique” arrived as New Order closed out the nineteen-eighties with one, last breath of creative genius in FACT-275 (Released 30 January 1989).
This is an album which has split fans since it inception, between the dark-brilliance of “Power, Corruption & Lies”, to this their more accessible side.
“Technique” was more disco inspired effort, displayed fully in the track “Mr Disco”, highly danceable with that-orchestral-synth crescendo after the first chorus, it manages to still sound fresh against their previous work.
In the single “Fine Time", we find a satirical brilliance in the simplest of themes, based wholly on sex. With an eruption of drums and random guitar that cranks to the high point of eighties-music. Throughout the lyrics are more playful though remaining honest, this is by no means a commercial move but a natural progression in style.
The more mellow sides of the album have a charm all of their own, “Vanishing Point” is a more softly-constructed synth based song, reflective and mood ridden. Throughout “Technique” manages to balance evenly, the guitar-disco anthems and the euphoric dance style already verging on the horizon as ‘House Music’ made its entry into the world. This is the sound of a band at the top of their game, fearlessly treading waters of experimentation and executing with ease all manners of directions taken.
A submerged sound of progressive-rock can surprisingly be found in the abrasive “Run”, although certainly different in style, it does not so much take away from the flow of the album but adds that extra dimension instead. The proceedings close with heavy-synth and guitar solos in the glorious “Dream Attack”, a song built to bring not only “Technique” to a close but also the decade and this chapter in the story of New Order.
“Nothing in this world
Can touch the music that I heard
When I woke up this morning
It put the sun into my life
It cut my heartbeat with a knife
It was like no other morning
I don't belong to no one
But I want to be with you
I can't be owned by no one
What am I supposed to do”
Original 1989 Track List;
4:42 Fine Time
3:22 All the Way
2:58 Love Less
4:29 Round & Round
4:44 Guilty Partner
4:20 Mr. Disco
5:14 Vanishing Point
5:13 Dream Attack
Kevin Burke Jan 2019