Sammy the Seal

“A cheap holiday in other people’s misery”

In music videos, vinyl on Tuesday, 10 July, 2012 at 10:35

Song: Holidays In The Sun
Artist: Sex Pistols
Album: Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols

First song in four weeks. Then, I haven’t been listening to music much at all lately. I’m not sure if I should be scared about that. And now, the Sex Pistols? Hey, that’s a great opening line, no doubt about that. It was written about Berlin (when The Wall was still a reality, kids), but I think it can apply to any “disadvantaged” place that civilized, privileged people happen upon. Bless the couple in the last panel.



It feels like, for the most part, they were there for show, to agitate, subversion for its own sake. But, in 1976-7, I’m sure it worked like a charm. And it’s still a hook-y, terribly exhilarating song. Johnny Rotten’s hyper-snottiness genuinely amuses me, strongly affected as it may be. Like the spoken mish-mash at the end, and the way it tumbles out so loosely and messily:
“I don’t understand this thing at all, this third-rate B-movie show/cheap dialogue, cheap essential scenery”

It’s easy now to take it as aimless rebellion, amateurish and short-sighted, but it still seems like a lot of fun.


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