April 30, 2012
Remember that time Johnny Rotten drawled ‘I dunno the words’ while singing… uh, I forget…
(UPDATE: “Roadrunner.” It would’ve helped my Google search if I hadn’t forgotten that Lydon sang “I dunno the words” and not “I forget…” Oh, forget it.)
Anyhow, I did not know this before:
Former Sex Pistol John Lydon has spoken candidly about how a severe bout of childhood meningitis left him unable to recognise his own parents.
The punk rock legend admitted that the four-year ordeal, which began when he was just seven and living in London, was ‘cruel and tortuous’, as he believed it was all his own fault. (…)
Lydon also speaks openly about the death of his stepdaughter, Arianna Foster – aka Ari Up, a member of the all-female punk band The Slits.
He said of Foster, who died in 2010 from cancer: ‘Arianna didn’t need to die and that’s a very, very tough burden on her mother to know that.
‘She knew she had cancer and she deliberately ignored it and went for lunatic left-wing crackpot theories. And that will kill you stone dead. Every single time.
ABC, ‘American Bandstand’. PiL’s, hilarious, and now infamous, ‘performance’ on the prime time US pop show is broadcast on National TV. Pre-recorded on 3rd May, PiL mime to ‘Poptones’ and ‘Careering.’ Presenter Dick Clarke introduces the band as, “a memorable moment in rock n roll, something special and interesting”.
The longstanding mainstream music show is thrown into chaos as Lydon invites almost the entire audience up to dance with the band on stage!
John barely pretends to mime, and the band swap instruments.
Lydon later commented, “I forgot the words to the song, and I was miming really badly, so I had to act quick. And did. Perfect!”
UPDATE – heh: