ODDS AND SODS

THE OBSERVER CLIVE JAMES 1976 PIECE ON THE SEX PISTOLS
Clive James' piece on the Sex Pistols, from The Observer November 1976.
As I mentioned in the ANARCHY IN SWEDEN section, there was a lot of fights between (old) raggare and (young) punk rockers here in Sweden in the late 70's and early 80's. When the Clash played here Mick Jones and Joe Strummer hit them with their guitars.
When the Stranglers played here they ran and hid under tables and got all their equipment smashed. They were never punk rockers anyway. Just a bunch of laid-off schoolteachers going off on a Doors fantasy.

RUDE KIDS AT HEATHROW AIRPORT 1978

Swedish punk rock band RUDE KIDS wrote one of the best known anti-raggare songs -
RAGGARE IS A BUNCH OF MOTHERFUCKERS
Raggare Raggare
Raggare Raggare
Raggare is a bunch
Raggare is a bunch bunch bunch
bunch of motherfuckers

Raggare is a gang of freaks
who often beats the Greeks
They drive around in their big American cars
Think they are the owner of the town
But they aren't
They are nothing nothing nothing
nothing but animals
Monkey, donkey, kangaroo
They have no no no no no no no
no IQ
They are nothing nothing nothing
nothing but animals
Just like animals

The only thing they can do at night
is fight fight fight fight fight fight
But why why why why why why
why don't anyone do something against it?

No one dare
The cops are scared!
No one dare
The cops are scared!

The chords are B and A repeated over and over again. This was released by Polydor no less. First as a 7'', and in 1979 on the album Safe Society (cat no 2379 178).
The band also played in England and released some more 7''s. The records have all been bootlegged several times.

KENNETH HALLIWELL'S POSTER FOR JOE ORTON'S ''LOOT''
PRE-PUNK ART.

This is the 1963 poster Kenneth Halliwell did for his lover Joe Orton's play Loot. A quote from one of Orton's novels was used by Malcolm McLaren on the 1977 Seditionairies punk fashion t-shirt Prick Up Your Ears.
''Reject all values of society'' is another Orton quote that would have fitted right in, in 1977. In fine punk-spirit Halliwell also killed Orton in 1967 by smashing his head with a hammer.


Want more Homosexual Murder - Sex Pistols Trivia?
Serial killer (and ex-cop) Dennis Andrew Nilsen worked at the Denmark St Job Centre almost next door to the Sex Pistols' rehearsal studio. He never blamed the band for his actions but he did kill the odd punk and skin during his late 70's - early 80's killing spree.
Now add a few more of Malcolm's t-shirts and a few ''You cowboys are all faggots'' type quotes and Greil Marcus has himself a nice new coffea table book.


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