last updated December 17th, 2004 and is permanently morphing...
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vocalist for original punk
icons the Sex Pistols
co-authored book _Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No
hosts his own talk show on VH1 called _Rotten TV_
born John Lydon
experienced a bout of spinal meningitis as a child.
hence his famous "stare" and posture.
married to Nora Forster
- the daughter of Nora Forster is Ari Up (aka Ariana Forster),
vocalist for The Slits
Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins has a tattoo
of Johnny Rotten on her arm (along with Siousxie Sioux).
She later had them removed.
later fronted PIL (Public Image Limited)
- collaborated with Left Field on the track _Open Up_
off of _Leftism_ promo cassette
- _Open Up (Dervish
by Left Field & Lydon off of Technodrome compilation CD on Breakdown
- former employee for _Sex_ (boutique on King's Road,
- _Sex_ owned by Vivienne Westwood.
- _Sex_ proprietor: Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren
- friend: Don Letts (produced _The Punk Rock Movie_ (vhs/ntsc))
- he is left
- mother: Eileen Lydon
- according to the book _Rotten_,
Chrissie Hynde almost became Mrs. Johnny Rotten for visa reasons. that
didn't work so she almost became Mrs. Sid Vicious but he bailed out at the
last minute. she went back to Akron, Ohio to form The Pretenders
- collaborated with Afrika Bambaataa in 1984 under the
moniker _Time Zone_ releasing _World Destruction_
- The Flowers Of Romance were a band involving Sid Vicious,
Palm Olive of The Slits, and Keith Levene. Before that was an incarnation
without Sid involving Steve Jones & Paul Cooks' girlfriends Sarah Hall
& Jo Faull. The moniker was suggested by Johnny Rotten and later appeared
as a song and album title for PIL.
Johnny Rotten has been marketing
slogan quite loudly as of late. His mantra
is to "be truthful". of course, one has to assume that an objective truth
about anything exists in the first place.
His whole career is riding on
the Sex Pistols mythology. He's doing a hell of a lot lately to destroy
it, and himself by harping on this notion of being honest and truthful.
The mythology persists, and supports his income, his reunion tour, and his new
show on VH1, Rotten television. He comes off as a complete ham.
He's been deeply hurt by Malcolm McLaren, not getting paid, and being washed
up in L.A. This has caused an overcompensation in his psyche about "telling
the truth". Most people have told their version of the truths, including
Rotten. His version is fascinating, but that's it. I will never
know exactly what happened, but as with all versions, I believe it's tainted
with personal belief and hype.
it's too bad. he was a very potent frontperson
for a fluke of a band. his movement and presence on stage is unequalled,
and he will not age gracefully. personal space/time relevancy:
late 1975 when he joined the Pistols, through the breakup of the band in San
Francisco January 1978. he captured the English everyman turned inside
out during that time period, with venemous accuracy. these days it doesn't
really work. when he was hungry and lean, he was most effective.
there was nothing "vicious" about it, just "rotten". - @Om*
- video footage (realvideo)
of _Popcar_ by PIL on American Bandstand 5/17/80
- video footage (vhs/ntsc)
of _Rotten Television_ on VH1 - aired 2000
- nora his wife
- james woods
- dean cain
- john popper of blues traveler
- cyndi lauper
- aidan quinn
- neve campbell
- christopher walken
- didn't recognize kevin spacey (oops)
- danny devito hates johnny and gives him a hard time
- video footage (vhs/ntsc)
of _Rotten Television_
- war scenario - tea
in a tank
- behind the scenes for the roseanne show
- he likes anthony michael hall
- no cameras
- rock auctions
- rotten blows up sid vicious death note
- interviewing for a new vj
- rotten dyes his hair
- baby doll
- people who wouldn't come on the show
Lydon writes in the liner notes
of the 1992 single _Cruel_ -- "Where is god? I see no evidence of god. god is
probably Barry Manilow."
In the November 18, 1998
issue _The Independent_ (a UK daily newspaper), Manilow is questioned by
readers. Two of interest are below:
Q: Do you believe in
A: Yes. His name is
Clive Davis, and he's the head of my record company.
Q: How important is
your Judaism to you?
A: It isn't. My humanism