What to say if you liked it
Jonathan Ross’s personal voyage through his punk youth proved to be a humorous impression of the often violent and stuffy scrapyard of punk.
What to say if you didn’t like it
A middle-aged man holding o nto his youth by his manicured fingernails tries to travel back in time to an era of pseudo-rebellion.
What was good about it?
• Because it was Ross’s own voyage through his memories of punk, it was stripped of much of the false idolatry often affixed to retrospectives of the movement.
• The sneering of Johnny Rotten that is still as amusing as it was futile. “Don’t accept the old order, get rid of it!”
Ross’s punk anecdotes which included the occasion when Jam bassist Bruce Foxton glared at Ross after he believed he had spat on him; and his efforts to play the Sex Pistols’ God Save The Queen at a jubilee party, only to be thwarted by his parents.
• The enduring legacy of punk being best illustrated through how badly all the pioneers, such as Vivien Westwood and the New York Dolls, have aged.
• The absurd war between the Teddy Boys and the Punks which was as puerile and testy as Take That v E17.
Janet Street Porters enormous 70s sunglasses.
• Former Adam And The Ants guitarist Marco Pirroni sagely noting there were only five good punk records and “the rest was complete nonsense”.
• Ross’s guided bus tour of London, in which the host spiked up his hair and donned his smartest punk fashion.
• While on the bus tour, Ross recalled how seats were ripped up at a concert venue in 1977. In response, his passaegers, including two former Damned members, start to rip up the tour bus seats. “Sit down it’s 2004!” Ross cried.
• At the end of the tour, Ross sang in a self-mocking band called the Old Punks with Vic Reeves. The hilarious performance concluded with a cover of Anarchy In The UK, where Ross shouted the kiss off line “no future for you” to the tune of Jim’ll Fix It (“for you, and you, and you-oo-oo-oo”).
What was bad about it?
• The day after eulogising about Bruce Forsyth on his chat show, Ross exhibited The Generation Game as a paragon of the infertile end of the 70s.
• The wisdom of Sid Vicious – as enlightening as heeding the views of a park bin crammed full of used junkie needles.
• Ross unnecessarily explaining his desire to revisit punk through a visit to a Jungian psychologist.
• No contemporary interviews with the surviving members of the Sex Pistols or the Clash.
• Punk rock aerobics.
• Hardcore punks bemoaning their idols becoming popular.