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Blast From the Past: “The London Weekend Show: Punk” (1976 documentary)

In 1976, British journalist and TV presenter Janet Street-Porter made a TV documentary regarding the some of the earliest moments of punk rock.  Broadcast on November 22nd, 1976 as part of “The London Weekend Show”, Janet’s film “Punk” features interviews with The Sex Pistols (with Glen Matlock still in the line up), a little band called The Clash, and Siouxsie Sioux. The documentary also features the Sex Pistols performing “Pretty Vacant”, “Submission”, “Anarchy in the UK” and “No Fun”.

You can watch the documentary here. It’s particularly fun to watch if you were too young to experience the 70’s punk scene and want to get a feel for how things used to be before the Internet.



Music Video: You Me At Six – “Reckless”

You Me at Six released a music video for their song “Reckless” from the album “Sinners Never Sleep”.

You can check that out right here.

The band also recently released a song exclusively for an amusement park ride, which you can check out here.

“Sinners Never Sleep” was released in February on Virgin Records.



Sex Pistols to re-release “Never Mind The Bollocks” as 3CD+DVD box set

In honor of the legendary Sex Pistols‘ album, “Never Mind The Bollocks,” being released 35 years ago, the band has announced they will be re-releasing the album as a 3CD and DVD box set with a ton of bonus items. The box set will include a ton of awesome stuff: a remastered version of “Never Mind The Bollocks,” along with B-sides, and a collection of live bootlegs (including Spunk: The Official Bootleg).

Along with all of that, it will also include a 100-page book, called “1977 Diary,” a replica 7-inch of “God Save the Queen,” a 3-foot-by-5-foot promo poster, reproductions of original promo stickers and a copy of the original handwritten lyrics to “God Save the Queen.”

The box set is set to be released on September 24th.



Punk Rock Trivia: Sex Pistols – a punk rock boy band

Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene like to unleash some punk rock trivia to enlighten and enhance the minds of you, the readers. Today’s trivia takes us back to the early days of punk, where we learn a little bit about the classic relationship between art and commerce.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you can’t deny the Sex Pistols were as influential as they come. But did you know that the sneering lads of London were little more than a boy band?

Rather than come together organically, the Sex Pistols were largely orchestrated by band manager Malcolm McLaren. The earliest form of the Sex Pistols were in the Paul Cook and Steve Jones occupied The Strand. When Jones asked local sex shop owner McLaren to help manage, an icon of punk was born.

But what did McLaren bring to the table? How about financing, Johnny Rotten, and the band’s bad-boy image?

N Sync is in good company.



New Song Stream: Iggy Pop + Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast) – “Let’s Boot and Rally”

The Godfather of Punk Iggy Pop has recently recorded a new song with Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast) titled “Let’s Boot and Rally”. The song will be featured in an upcoming episode of the show “True Blood”. In fact, the song was written specifically for the episode. Here’s a snippet of what “True Blood” music supervisor Alan Ball had to say regarding how Iggy Pop became involved:

“Meanwhile, to backtrack a little….Iggy Pop, or should I say Iggy’s people, had reached out to me saying he was a True Blood fan and if any opportunities come up, to please keep Iggy in mind. What ? Music to my ears. We sent Iggy the demo of “Let’s Boot and Rally”. He loved it and said sign me up.”

You can stream the song and read the rest of the story behind the song here.



Random Cover Song: Bad Livers take a banjo to Iggy Pop (Lust For Life)

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Among the weirdest covers I’ve heard this week is a bluegrass band from Texas called Bad Livers covering “Lust For Life,” a classic tune by Iggy & The Stooges. Complete with Johnny Cash-esque vocals and a twangin’ banjo, it’s definitely a departure from the original surf-rock jam.

Listen to both versions right here.



New Music: Stream Public Image Ltd’s “Lollipop Opera”

Public Image Ltd., Johnny Rotten’s post-Sex Pistols project, released its first new material in two decades for Record Store Day yesterday. Entitled “One Drop,” the EP was released by the band on their own PiL Official Ltd label.

Click here to stream one of the tracks, “Lollipop Opera,” for free. If you ask us, it’s reminiscent of some of Joe Strummer’s post-Clash material.

Public Image Ltd. will put out a full length album of new material, called “This is PiL,” on May 28.

PiL’s last album was 1992′s “That What Is Not.”



Iggy Pop to be featured on upcoming Duke Ellington tribute album

Protopunk pioneer Iggy Pop is straying from his roots a bit (in a good way, we hope) in his upcoming guest appearance: Iggy will be singing Duke Ellington’s classic tune “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” for an upcoming tribute album to the great jazz legend.

The album, titled “The Duke,” is an interesting project of English musician Joe Jackson, who seeks to drastically re-work and re-write the original tunes. “I revere Ellington, but I don’t want this album to be reverent,” said Jackson on his project.

For a preview of how weird this is going to be, check out the original “It Don’t Mean A Thing” and try to imagine it being mixed with something like, let’s say this.



Random Cover Song – The White Stripes – “I’m Bored” (Iggy Pop)

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Today we’ve got the award-winning rock duo The White Stripes covering “I’m Bored,” originally by proto-punk pioneer Iggy Pop. Check out both the cover and the original here.



Video: Davy Jones (The Monkees) dead at 66; watch Minor Threat and Sex Pistols perform The Monkees’ “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”

As you probably know by now, Davy Jones of The Monkees died of a heart attack at age 66 today. Those of us who are of a certain age grew up watching The Monkees and have many fond memories of Davy, Micky, Peter and Mike.

What you may not know is that amateur journalists aren’t the only ones in the punk community with fond memories of The Monkees. Seminal punk band Sex Pistols and genre-defining harDCore legends Minor Threat have each taken their turns covering The Monkees’ “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone.” Click here to check out their versions.

The Sex Pistols’ version appears on 1979’s “The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle,” while Minor Threat’s is from their 1981 “In My Eyes” EP. And yes, we know “Steppin’ Stone” was not originally a Monkees song…but their version stands as the definitive one.



Random Cover Song: The Black Keys go punk(ish) with “No Fun” (Iggy & The Stooges)

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

To switch things up just a bit, today we’ll showcase a punk song redux by a non-punk band. Akron, Ohio’s garage blues-turned-alt rock stars The Black Keys took on proto-punk stalwarts Iggy & The Stooges with their slightly laid back version of “No Fun.” The cover appears on the band’s 2004 EP “The Moan.”

Blues up your Tuesday here, and catch the original, too.



The Skids release The Singles Collection 1978-1981

Scottish New Wave Punk Poppers, The Skids, have just released “The Singles Collection” 1978-1981.

Skids are a punk rock band from Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, founded in 1977. Some of their most noticeable songs are “Into the Valley”, “Masquerade” and “Working For The Yankee Dollar” all released in 1979. These songs are included on their new collection.

You can listen to some of their music streaming right here.



The Rolling Stones to reunite?

The Rolling Stones, one of my favorite bands of all time, seem to be gearing up for a reunion that will likely come to fruition next year.

Last Wednesday (September 7th), all four members of the Rolling Stones were photographed exiting a building in London, fueling rumors that the band is planning a 50th anniversary tour next year. However, the band is unlikely to confirm anything for the foreseeable future, partially because Mick Jagger wants all attention focused on his new band SuperHeavy. When we have official information whether the reunion is happening, we’ll let you know.

The Stones, who last toured in 2007, released their last album “A Bigger Bang” back in 2005 on Virgin Records.



Red Jumpsuit Apparatus release lyric video for new single “Reap”

Florida’s The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have posted a lyric video for a brand new single titled “Reap.”  You can check it out right here.

The single will be officially released April 26th.

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Music Video: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “Hell Or High Water”

Florida’s The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have posted the music video for the song “Hell or High Water” and you can check it out right here. The song can be found off the band’s new EP The Hell Or High Water, released in August.

The band’s latest album Lonely Road was released February 3, 2009 on Virgin.