Friday, July 08, 2005

 

"Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?"


The above quote was spoken by Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols at one of their last shows in San Francisco. The band was feeling screwed by their managers, f*cked over by label politics, and terrorized by drug addiction and in fighting. They took to the stage and sang only one song. A five minute song that had only one discernable lyric, "No Fun, This is No Fun No Fun." After the last "No Fun," Rotten shouted into the audience of disillusioned San Fran Punks and said "Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated?" and promptly left the stage.

I thought of this moment this morning, the morning after a harrowing day in the entertainment business. After dealing with many many celebrities from movie stars to rockers - you sort of get immune to the bullshit that tends to circle around you, their people, their politics, but every once in a while you get zonked. You get thrown to the wall and pulverized by the people pulling the strings--the soul-dead people that reside behind the curtain of creativity.

Yesterday I got pulverized. Not because I did anything wrong, but because sometimes things get dark in this business, and thats "no fun."

I was going to launch into some huge rant about Punk being Dead along with several healthy band bashing paragraphs... but I've lost the energy to do so. Instead I put it on you...

Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated? ;)

p.s.
a couple of strategically placed tatoos means nothing and just because someone says they are Punk, doesnt mean they mean it

Comments:
Both my wife & I can relate. It's the politics in all facets of business. I think we all feel like we have been cheated every now and again.
 
feeling cheated? not even an option, of course. Just ask the survivors of the London Blast, believing in Bush is like believing in Santa Claus a day late, there's always the hope and the promise, it's just that some clever, dirty little elves got to it first.
 
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