Thursday, 9 April 2015

I got no reason it's all too much

From the ever-wonderful Dangerous Minds:
In 1978 RSO Records released this one-off single featuring ex-Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones, crooning over adult contemporary pop arrangements of the Sex Pistols’ Pretty Vacant and The Ramones’ Sheena is a Punk Rocker.

The “Radio 2 style arrangements” of these songs were considered a piss-take of the original punk motif, but hold their own as legitimate musical expressions of the light pop sound of the day. As punk may have been a reaction to the “soft rock” of the ‘70s, these Paul Jones covers can be seen as a meta “taking it back,” with tongue, we assume, planted firmly in cheek.

...Pretty Vacant is the hit here, though, with its James Taylor-isation of Rotten’s nihilistic lyrics.
And here, for your delectation, it is:

I think this warrants a place in our extensive collection of esoterica here at Dolores Delargo Towers, don't you?


  1. how fab.
    I have never heard that before

    1. All together, now: "We're so pretty. I'm so pretty. Vay-cant!"



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