Virgin/EMI Records, LYDONVD1
Running Time Approx 1hr 30 mins
Multi-Region DVD (PAL) 16.9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Dolby Digital 2.0
Released in UK & Europe October 3rd 2005
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As diverse and colourful as John Lydon's (AKA John Rotten's) musical career goes.
He has long since been a true maverick or a bona fide musical innovator. In fact he's
seen nowadays as some cantankerous English eccentricity to the public in general.
Not the demonic antichrist of lore. To most British kids today Lydon's more famous
for his ˜Im A Celebrity Get Me Outta Here" appearance, than his long time musical
pedigree, which is a sad reflection but a fact of life. So this collection on paper maybe
worth investigating if you wanna reaquaint yerself with punk history. But be prepared
for 75 % crud and 25 % bang on sulphur. Thankfully the sulphur comes first and
burns right through your DVD screen during the opening 3 minutes of the 'Anarchy In
The UK' promo. Which is at long last left un-cut! We get to see the
Sex Pistols
perform at their most primal. Bands today need expensive videos to ensnare their
public but this mimed but totally primed studio performance is as compelling to view
now as it must've been back at the arse end of '76. Rotten is central and suitably draped in an 'Anarchy' shirt as he jerks
around hand in pocket and stamping his feet in defiance of a country that was going to the dogs, and didn'˜t he know it!?
You glimpse the bitterness of the era as Steve Jones sneers into camera displaying how much revulsion was coming out
this band at that time. Dangerous and exciting is an understatement!
Its followed of course by the
Pistols most treasonous act to date (apart from reforming in 1996). And that treachery was
'God Save The Queen'. Easily the high point of their career as the summer of '77 hots up and the band are public enemy
number one. We seen it all before, but this promo is probably the most watched slice of punk video tape your ever gonna
see. And it fits brilliantly with the subterfuge and sickening power the
Pistols had at their control when they really did mean
it man! Red, white and blue are the dominant colours, along with Rotten's bright orange barnet, Sid's snarl and Steve's
string vested guitar licks. This great British backlash is the ultimate in punk decadence and figurehead abuse since Charles
1st got the chop in 1649. They were just red hot on the day and with those chaotic camera angles all they had to do was
plug in and perform. Strange we didnt get no 'Pretty Vacant' to complete the hatrick though?

As John Lydon stumbled out the fallout from the
Pistols implosion he soon unleashed his new band PIL heralding a whole
new chapter in music development. Video was still in its primitive state by 1978 when
PIL perform their debut single 'Public
PIL give us a less intimate almost cold portrayal. From Wobbles sinister bass runs and equally menacing leer, to
Levines shimmering guitar work on top of Jim Walkers pounding drumbeat they made for a unique experience. The band
are on stage playing in this dark netherworld of black plastic and cheezy showbiz jackets, which along with Lydon's sneering
vocalisation drags us through an ominous black hole of media manipulation. Not quite the visual impact of the
Pistols on
camera but still depressingly real and brutal in retrospect. Its gets even more darker for 'Death Disco'. A song inspired by
John Lydon's mom who was dying of cancer. This is almost breathtakingly claustrophobic as strips of light rip through the
darkness unveiling Rotten's piercing stare and creates a perfect environment for a song that screams torment and loss.
And with that eerie booming backbeat and those Swan Lake guitars makes it one the most memorable from
PIL's highly
impressive early repertoire.

Alas those were the highlights of this DVD collection along with some rare Audio 'Metal Box' outtakes which feature a 10
minute version of 'Death Disco' thats worth hearing. And even with Lydons flurescent artwork wrapping itself around the
sleeve it was completely downhill from here on in, both in musical terms and band dynamics. No more Wobble on bass and
the sheering Levine guitar shards were sacked in favour of a legion of wannabe's and session men. Which leaves Lydon
himself to front the rest of his patchy career as he virtually turned into a one man show by 1984. There's only so may times
you can stare at that face splashed across your screen and as concept videos came into play and the songs got weaker
whilst Lydon gets older, you begin to turn off completely. Martin Atkins miming his drumbeats must be an all time low. Even
popular tunes like 'Rise' has a shitty video unless you get kicks from hanging out with the washing. And its gets worse as
the suits gets baggier and the hairstyles more ludicrous. Of the
Sex Pistols live footage from 1996 and 2002, the less said
about that the better....Black rappers introduce the
Pistols on stage to perform Hawkwind's 'Silver Machine' fer fucks

DON'T MISS (the first 4 promo clips), the rest was pretty BORING.

Cheers to Paul K for chucking this my way!
JOHN LYDON cashing in
Anarchy in the UK (original EMI version)
God Save The Queen
Public Image
Death Disco
This is Not a Love Song
Bad Life
World Destruction
The Body (uncensored version)
Don't Ask Me (title version)
Open Up
Sex Pistols live tracks:
Pretty Vacant - Finsbury Park 1996
Bodies - Phoenix Festival 1996
Silver Machine - Crystal Palace 2002
Audio Extras
Unreleased PiL Monitor Mixes:
Death Disco (unedited monitor mix)
Albatross (unedited monitor mix)
Albatross ('Melodrama' mix)