Johnny Rotten

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    April 17, 2014

    The Top Ten Neil Young Songs

    Neil Young is simply beyond common musical criticism. Certainly among all of the classic folk, folk-rock and rock the man has recorded over the past 50 years, there have been some clunker albums. However, the sheer breadth of Young's influence on an amazing array of artists in several differing genr ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    The 10 Post-Punk Albums Every Music Fan Should Own

    Thirty years ago this week, The Smiths released their self-titled debut. It arrived at a time when every bass groove, dissonant guitar and echo-ey drum machine rhythm that would become identified with late '70s and early '80s post-punk music was at its peak. However, this debut also represented a ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    NOFX Ruined Last Night's Punk Show at House of Blues

    Punk rock is an unusual genre. Punk shows can be exhilarating, enthralling, chaotic, confrontational and offensive. Last night at the House of Blues, it was all of those and less. I've been going to see punk bands for over three decades and I thought I had just about seen and heard it all. Then I w ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013
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    July 18, 2013

    Psychedelic Furs - House of Blues - July 17, 2013: Review

    Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs has one of most distinctive voices in rock. Equal parts David Bowie and Johnny Rotten, Butler's jagged croon can convey the intensities involved with love and regret with the phrasing of a single syllable. Amazingly, after nearly four decades rasping out hits ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2012
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    December 11, 2012

    Ten of the Best Concerts of 2012

    There were too many great performances this year, in venues big and small, by acts local and national, to thoroughly cover within the confines of a blog post. This year's DOMA showcase (self-indulgence alert!) provided some transcendent local sets, we had a wealth of great festival acts to consider, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    This Is Not a Love Song: Thoughts on Fun Fun Fun Fest 7

    Fun Fun Fun Fest Auditorium Shores Friday, November 2-Sunday, November 4 In its seventh year, Fun Fun Fun Fest has settled into a very curious meta place. Standing in a crowd at any one of the four stages, you were often watching a show via someone's iPhone or iPad. That Terrence Malick has been f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    The Ten Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, November 1-4

    Kreayshawn Friday, November 2, at The Palladium Ballroom, $17.50 With controversial 23-year-old rapper Kreayshawn's new album out, of course she's hitting the road. She takes the stage at the Palladium to deliver songs from debut Somethin' 'Bout Kreay, and hopefully offer something that eclipses the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Top Five Schedule Conflicts at Fun Fun Fun Fest

    Headlined by reunited legends like X, Run-D.M.C. and Public Image Ltd, this weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest has a little something for the older folks, as well as the young. With that much talent over three days, there are bound to be some tough decisions between stages. Here are a few scheduling conflic ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012
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    October 25, 2012

    Public Image Ltd's John Lydon On The Election: "It's Two Blokes Fighting Over A Polished Leather Chair"

    Since fronting the Sex Pistols in the mid-'70s and branding the nascent punk rock genre with its promise of "No Future," John Lydon, once known as Johnny Rotten, has appeared on Judge Judy, hosted a show on VH1 and used his name and face in commercials for Country Life butter. Yes, those butter comm ... More >>

  • Music

    September 20, 2012
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    September 14, 2012

    Ten of the Best Fall Concerts

    See also: Six of the summer's best concerts With this recent open-window weather comes the pitter-patter of the fall concert season, tugging at our sleeve and asking us to pleeeaaase hold it. There's plenty to teethe on in Dallas over the next three or four months, including bigger festivals like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    The Top Ten DFW Punk Albums

    See also: The top 10 North Texas blues albums See also: The top 100 Texas songs The Telefones, Vibration Change Released in 1980, this album is more punk in spirit than execution. Songs like "Rocket Rocket" and "The Ballad of Jerry Godzilla" fuse punk rock's oomph with a new wave sensibility. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Nine of This Week's Show Announcements: Public Image Ltd, Why?, The Sea and Cake and More

    Public Image LtdThursday, November 1, at Granada TheaterBefore the group hits Fun Fun Fun Fest, Dallas gets its own intimate show. It will be cool to see what John Lydon does best: walk around the stage in clown pajamas.

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Last Night: Sundress and Final Club at DC9's Locals Only!

    Better than: whatever you were doing on a Thursday night. These bands were way cooler than those CSI reruns. Sundress​Last night's Locals Only! show at Jack Daniel's Saloon, put on by, well, us, showcased a couple of up-and-coming Denton bands that managed to put on an impressive show in spit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    There's One Borders Left in Dallas. If a Savior Doesn't Step Up Tuesday, There May Be Zero.

    Courtesy Paula BosseByron Nelson signing copies of his 1993 book at the Preston Royal Borders​A few weeks ago, my old friend Paula Bosse posted to her Facebook page a collection of random photos taken over the years at the Preston Royal Borders, which, of course, is on its way to becoming a Centra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: God Save the Longhorn Ballroom From the Sex Pistols

    Via.​Seeing as how C.J. Ramone's in town tonight, I'd hoped this recording of the Ramones at the Fair Park Band Shell from July 26, 1990 (password's "," if you're so inclined), would be at the very least listenable. Only, it sounds like it was recorded from someone standing in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Not Donkeying Around, George Gimarc's Laughing It Up With His Latest Radio Format

    George Gimarc, like you didn't know​Almost four years ago, the great George Gimarc introduced us to his then-latest rock and roll alternative: a would-be syndicated format called Radio SASS, which stood for "Short Attention Span System" -- as in, no song lasted lasted longer than two minutes. Said ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Over The Weekend: Keith Emerson and Greg Lake at The Granada Theater

    Keith Emerson and Greg Lake Granada TheaterApril 30, 2010(Barely) better than: Listening to ELP's three-album live set Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends over and over.Two-thirds of these dudes played the Granada on Friday.​Let's get one thing straight: As a kid, I liked Emerson, ... More >>

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    April 12, 2010

    Gig Alert: Derek Comley and the Bastard Sons of Rock n Roll Tonight at the Absinthe Lounge

    Derek Comley​While looking for something to do tonight, I stumbled upon the MySpace for local act Derek Comley and the Bastard Sons of Rock n Roll. Intrigued by the band's self-description as "new wave, neo-soul, post-punk," I listened to the available songs and found myself wanting more.Seems Com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2008

    My Punk Rock Dreams Are Shattered: Johnny Rotten Pitches Butter Now.

    I can't believe it's not punk rock? Steve Dirkx, one-time member of Dallas’ legendary new wave/punk combo The Telefones, sent me an email this morning containing some sad news about one of my heroes. Seems John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, of punk godfathers the Sex Pistols, is in a commercial, pi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 29, 2007

    Downright Filthy

    The Inwood has an armory of Sex Pistols

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2006

    Gimarc Has Another Alternative

    George Gimarc, at far right, used to produce and write a syndicated radio show called Rotten Day with John Lydon. Bet that was a real joy. Because Johnny's so...not rotten. If you grew up in Dallas in the 1970s and '80s, you need no introduction to George Gimarc. On his "Rock and Roll Alternative" S ... More >>

  • Music

    August 3, 2006

    Public Image Ltd.

    Metal Box (4 Men with Beards)

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    March 23, 2006
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    February 23, 2006

    Looking at America

    Flogging Molly's Dave King left Ireland for a career in rock, but he couldn't escape his roots

  • Music

    August 4, 2005

    Joe Strummer Revisited

    Two long-lost reissues shed light on a punk icon.

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    March 24, 2005


    SXSW 2005: The crowds, the hype bands and all the Shiner Bock you can drink

  • Music

    January 20, 2005

    Pattern Recognition

    Mapping out the trends of 2005

  • Music

    November 18, 2004

    Refuse to Lose

    Musician Christy Darlington could haveand perhaps should havequit years ago. So why didn't he?

  • Film

    November 4, 2004

    Gabba Gabba Henh

    The Ramones bopped toward history and an unhappy end

  • Dining

    October 23, 2003

    Wheying the Options

    Why are there so many cheeses?

  • Calendar

    September 11, 2003

    Fall Away

    Meadows opens a somber season

  • Music

    May 29, 2003

    'Cocks, Rock

    Buzzcocks still kick ace, in case you've forgotten

  • Dining

    October 31, 2002

    Democracy Inaction

    Rotgut responses to questions from the discard pile

  • Music

    April 5, 2001

    Adam and the Ants

    Antbox (Columbia Records, UK)

  • Film

    June 8, 2000

    Young guns

    Julien Temple and The Sex Pistols set their record straight in The Filth and the Fury

  • Calendar

    April 15, 1999
  • Music

    December 3, 1998

    Junk rock

    George Gimarc and an ex-Pistol make for some Rotten Television

  • Music

    August 13, 1998

    Crash and burn

    How two different filmmakers have spent eight years trying to film the story of punk legend Darby Crash--and why nobody likes the idea

  • Music

    August 28, 1997

    Out There

    Where water tastes like wine

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    August 7, 1997
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    May 15, 1997
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    August 1, 1996

    Hope you die before we get old

    Reunited Who and Sex Pistols cheat death one more time

  • Music

    May 16, 1996

    All punk cons

    Riot Squad breathes old life into a rotting corpse

  • Music

    December 28, 1995

    Gimme, gimme truth

    Jay Farrar and Dave Grohl don't owe you anything

  • Music

    April 20, 1995

    King of the mild frontier

    Adam Ant's back, so unplug the jukebox and do us all a favor

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    January 26, 1995
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