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Did You No Wrong

At this point, no one’s really sure if this is punk, classic rock, or bubblegum pop. I vote classic rock. “A cheap holiday in other people’s misery!” and “We mean it, man!” are just the flipside of “Does anybody remember laughter?” What Johnny Lydon and the Pistols really gave punk rock was its sense of fiery morality, right or wrong. “Holidays In The Sun” attacks the senseless worship of facsist totems, “Bodies” fearlessly addresses the realities of abortion, “New York” disses the New York Dolls, and “EMI” blasts the greedy corporation that signed the boys to a lucrative recording contract. We can forgive them for sounding petulant at times, as they wear their heart safety pinned to their sleeve, and Lydon infuses it all with a dark comic wit. Something tells me these guys broke up at just the right time though, because there are moments on this album when it sounds like they’re already running out of musical ideas. My favorite is the B-side “Did You No Wrong,” which predicts the backlash.

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