The sex pistols are still too messy for TV

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Sex Pistols’ legacy chases its eight-tail shape, like a rollercoaster, knot, or infinity. In 1977, they sang about A World Without a Future and instantly changed the course of boring history, making themselves rock stars while pretending to completely destroy the idea of ​​rock stardom. Now, nearly five decades later, the future is still to come and you can buy the “Never Mind the Bollocks” T-Shirt from Walmart, which isn’t weird anymore. In their pseudo-rebellion against the dominant culture, the sexist pistols drifted in, until their myths were eventually spat out and diverted into the dark ocean of the Information Age, where they are still as exhausting or exhilarating as we need them to be.

Is there an uneven ratio of myth to music? The Sex Pistols narrowed down all their mayhem to one narrow album, 1977Don’t mind the columns, here’s the sex pistols“then disbanded in 1978, leaving a blast radius now known as punk rock. Their aggressive rudeness was innate, but it was Quartet manager Malcolm McClaren who helped carve it into something like an ideology. In his 1992 book”England dreamJohn Savage, a rock journalist, explained that “England is a very rigid society, with a highly defined ruling class and a narrow definition of what is acceptable”, which has allowed punk to become “a place where many [the marginalized] Dreamers and misfits of all classes come together, to transform, if not The The world, and then their world.”

Once McLaren heard all of these possibilities in Johnny Rotten’s sarcasm, he helped amplify it into something too messy to contain, forcing the story of the Sex Pistols to circulate in a handful of books; A posthumous fictitious movie in 1980,”Great Rock and Roll Swindle“The 1986 Hollywood Drama,”Mr and Nancy“; and a documentary from 2000,”filth and anger,” where Rotten—now John Lydon—describes his band as a social imperative: “The sex pistols should have happened and done. “

“The Revolver” directed by Danny Boyle, a new six-episode drama series now airing on FX on Hulu, It shouldn’t happen, however. Emotionally and Wikipedia-like, it depicts dreaded dreamers as somewhat idiosyncratic golden retrievers, perhaps to help Walmart shoppers feel more comfortable with their impulsive purchases. In the spirit of the show’s banality, Boyle released a publicity statement framing “Pistol” as a kind of rebuke to competing high-profile TV dramas: “Imagine storming the world of ‘The Crown’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ with your mates screaming songs and your anger at all.”

What did we expect though? It makes perfect sense that “Pistol” is designed for bored Downton Abbey watchers than it is for the skeptics whose entire lives have been shaped by punk, especially considering that almost all rock ‘n’ roll biographical projects are doomed proposals from the start. I thought I knew why: Even the coolest and hottest actors alive would never be as cool as the heroes they were assigned to portray, artists whose bodily gestures are so deeply imprinted on our brain tissue that we know their dance moves better than ours. When you love music, disbelief cannot be suspended.

The “Pistol” team is getting closer than any other. The entire show is based on the guitarist Steve Jones’ 2016 memoir “Lonely Boy” The plot wisely revolves around the bustle of his background, giving actor Toby Wallace enough space to be a charming hero. Anson Boone has an infinitely harder task playing Johnny Rotten, but he holds up at least half of the zigzagging positions for his subject, instantly making him 10 times more respectable than Rami Malek who made that unbearable impression (although Oscar winner) Freddie Mercury a few years back. However, there was a signature flash in Lydon’s eye during the Sex Pistols days, a flash of malevolent mischief and unknown, evil one as we understand it might not have happened without him. For all of Boon’s keen attention to detail, it doesn’t have the sheen, so the vague lack of proper orbital muscle leads to an entire TV series explosion down the streaming hole.

No matter how close the cast came to this uncanny valley meltdown, “The Revolver” highlights the rock-bottom biopic’s most serious sin: making every squad the same. It turns out that even the Sex Pistols, with all their nihilistic vicissitudes, were just a few tough kids with big dreams, big hearts and an uncanny talent for overcoming their differences by routinely delivering the eloquent motivational speeches that 21-year-olds were prone to. Confused by the noise simply unable to. When the band hits the road, it’s a rowdy montage sequence. When it comes time to write a song, the music materializes by remaking the songs. Why make this band, who doesn’t talk or talk like everyone else, talk and talk like everyone else? In the depths of the story, when the Sex Pistols replace depraved mascot guitarist and mascot Sid Vicious — gently played by Louis Partridge — mumbling something prophetic about dying at age 21, Rotten, as if reading the viewer’s mind, snaps: “No less stupid clichés like who — which !”

The show’s most outrageous scene unfolds roughly halfway through with the band touring “Pretty Vacant” at the 100 Club in London on October 8, 1976, when, slowly, the song begins to fade. The crowd is still walking around, but now everything is in slow motion, making the room more fun and less dangerous. Various liquids – bodily and drinks – follow elegant arcs through the air, like debris floating in the cold of zero-gravity space. Ultimately, the schematic noise emanating from the stage is replaced for acoustic filler – a shimmering, rock-like atmosphere glowing with an aura of depth. We’re supposed to feel like these are the Sex Pistols at their heyday, and to signify the significance of this sacred moment, the music on which this entire series is based should be replaced with something that sounds like Coldplay.

However, as I sit here and write how much I hate the big, stupid TV show Sex Pistols, a voice from another corner of my brain shouts at me: “Don’t write stupid cliches like that!” The curse of the Sex Pistols is that they have helped turn skepticism itself into a vulgar — or even worse, a reactionary, which is currently turning this entire world into an increasingly meaningless place. Now we all live in a digital punk reversal where paradoxical trolling is often a valid challenge. Disturbed by the lovable fantasy Sex Pistols feels more pointless than it should be.

pistol (six episodes) Now streaming on FX on Hulu.