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Can write some beautiful songs
Should be far, far higher - definitely the thinking man's punk!
His lyrics are versatile and utterly brilliant. Very intellectual (sometimes disturbingly so) vibe to most of his songs.
"It's a chain store massacre, bodies lying everywhere, those with the biggest clout, punch the independents out, we're spied on, herded round, stranded in the underground, abandoned with our happy meal inside a ring of steel. It's disturbing, but it's working, I don't fit in to a clone town. Where the faceless, tasteless get rich quick, we're too busy shopping to notice the apocalypse, fuming in the rat runs, no-one's having any fun, the streets are paved with chewing gum, my mind is going numb. It's disturbing, but... Where all we know is what they tell us, nothing slipping through the censors, manifactured satisfaction, war reduced to pure abstraction, too confused to take a stand, imprisoned in a promised land, predictable, repetitive and bland and do you really want to know how they get those prices so low? It's disturbing, but it's working, I don't fit in to a clone town."
This speaks for itself!
"... And then I told my story to the cannibal king, he said 'shake that thing', go and see the frogmen and tell him all your troubles, take your umbrella, 'because he keeps on blowing bubbles. Come up and let me analyse you, said the monkey to the weasel and I paint your picture on the wall if you can buy the easel...". He's written many more witty, meaningful, quite profound lyrics mainly, but that's one of the funniest and most surreal ever.
First as Johnny Rotten with lyrics to songs like 'Bodies', 'Pretty Vacant', 'Holidays in the Sun' or classics 'God save the Queen' and 'Anarchy in the UK' and then dozens of songs with PIL, 'Public Image', 'Religion', Flowers of Romance', 'Rise', just to mention a few. "Anger is an Energy".
The whole concept-album (i.e. OST) 'Breaking Glass' is excellent. "...I won't be the one to be bound by the sound of "if only, if only".
Just take the lyrics of 'Cactus' by the Pixies, for example. Brilliant!
"You can't put your arms around a memory"
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