May 17, 2005

Being the type of people who would rather listen to the Clash (or the Jam or the Buzzcocks or the Slits or PiL) instead of the Sex Pistols, we'd never actually seen The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle - Julien Temple's post-breakup quasi-documentary about the band. But the 1980 flick is now on DVD and, befittingly, it's a total mess.

Some of the archival performance footage has pop culture artifactual value, but then they intersperse it with crap animation, dwarves (always with the dwarves!) and Sid Vicious prancing around in dirty tighty whities. And if we wanted to hear Steve Jones babble incomprehensibly, we'd just turn on the radio.

We don't know what's more embarrassing for band manager/narrator Malcolm Maclaren - his endless stream of pretentious verbal dookie or his shriveled dingus in a bathtub. Maybe we just don't get it.

Posted: May 17, 2005