rebels. Good for him.
I gotta admit that as an old punker myself it is really very disappointing to see all these guys who preached rebellion against “the man” now knuckle under and mew like kittens or bark like trained seals–for money.
But hey, Billy Idol does, uh, commercials now! Rebel Yell, my butt! The days of Kiss Me Deadly are decidedly over. He can still snarl, but now it is just the faux snarling of a trained monkey, a mere lame caricature. Gee, how much money per fake snarl do you think he gets?
Do you think The Clash would do Rock The Casbah today? Puh-leez! Cowards.
Following the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001, the song was placed on the list of post-9/11 inappropriate titles distributed by Clear Channel.
More fool me–I thought they meant it when they preached rebellion. But it turns out, not so much.
As we now know, there were very few of them who were not just acting, in search of the almighty buck. I believed them–I thought better of them then.
Unlike Johnny Rotten, most of these guys aren’t actually rebels, they are really now just bought-and-paid-for establishment suck-up toadies. THAT’s what they have become, and it is hard for me to witness what they have become.