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Deliberate Controversy – a primer

In his¬†mordacious autobiography ‘No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs’* Johnny (Rotten) Lydon asserts that ‘there is nothing more incredibly uninteresting than deliberate controversy‘.

A bit rich you might think coming from him,  because The Sex Pistols had been a masterclass in the generation and distribution of exactly that.

I was about twenty one when I read that line, it changed my world view forever and I’ve never forgotten it. I shout it often at the telly whilst doing my best Johnny Rotten swivel eyed sneer.

Deliberate Controversy has been the oil in the engine of the transit van of pop for generations, ‘the wheeze’ is still in the tool box of most band managers, albeit these days they just seem to pull them off the shelf as opposed to coming up with original ones, a bit like a lot of their artists repertoire.

I am reminded of it every time I hear some new pimply faced, unbearably handsome/pretty, musical tosh vendors announce after releasing just one single, that they are bigger than the Beatles/Elvis/The Krankies, depending on their managers testicular fortitude.

Most recent bands don’t have the balls to make such grandiose claims as the The Beatles, when they claimed that they were bigger than God, who was being played by Sir Eric of Claptonshire at the time.

Deliberate controversy has been the oil in the engine of the transit van of pop for generations, ‘the wheeze’ is still in the tool box of most band managers, albeit these days they just seem to pull them off the shelf as opposed to coming up with original ones, a bit like a lot of their artists repertoire.

I am not talking here about real controversy BTW, y’know like beating the shit of your girlfriend or wife, that’s not controversial, that’s just every day cuntery, Chris/Bobby Brown.

In this section I will be reviewing any new instances and also reminiscing about some classics.

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The book was named after the signs hung on London apartments in the 60?s when his parents arrived form the auld sod and struggled to find accommodation.