This album has aged similar nicely, not like this revue from ’84 :
Pricey John, the big snog off :
That is what you need ? Carry On Choosing The Carrion Half Umpteen ? Starring Johnny Rotten as Little Miss Understood, the universe ’ s most holier-than-thou schoolmarm, whose as soon as shrivelling, quickly shrivelled, mind has tightened to a contstipated gut that lento and painfully emits squeaky sarcasms solely sufficient to of elevating tears in 11 yr olds ? Or the frighten trustworthy course creep Martin Applecheeks again in pipeline ?
That is what you ’ rhenium impart with whenever you make a profession of going in opposition to nature ( lone to be defeated by your personal ) : a prepare dinner frown, a really specify public effigy certainly, instinct dried up, refinement past grok, lowered by sloth to hiring studio morticians to cosmetise the cadaver of a protracted completely thought, since you now not handle or have power sufficient to be invigoratingly careless.
now tired of testing the universe in opposition to your whims you blame it, anybody else however yourself-it can by no means be your demerit, can it ? – on your passing of curiosity, passing of phrases, lack of imaginative and prescient ; on your similar deafness… However certainly even you may really feel the cut price price of the horrortronics permeating this learn with the malodor of the stale and the secondhand. Sudden sax squalls and thunderous cram breaks are hardly the issues to blow it away.
For one whose chief satisfaction has all the time been remaining true to your self, I ’ m stunned your conscience sol promptly accepts your decrepit argue. simply since you write a love track, there have to be one thing unsuitable with the shape ? clearly. And since your dwindling legion nonetheless stand by to look at the waning moon of your icky endowment, believing it’s going to rise once more, they have to be completely abused, thereby disabused of that bathetic notion ? naturally.
With you on the final level, Johnboy, and can reluctantly admit you a piddling victory. Your fool finger wagging cycle ’ north ’ info, exemplified by the bicker child of the title ‘ This Is What You Need This Is What You Get ’, is crass and mediocre sufficient to finish your froward, pointless calvary. Congratulations. You ’ ve earned our contempt. right here it comes :
Wot a bloody silly cackleshit arse coyote lied-to done-in-good ’ n ’ rotten exploited no-hope lumpenlard jackal knucklehead trickletalent batch of jokepuke you turned out to be. There personal ’ triiodothyronine sufficient copographers within the worldly concern to swallow your PiL in amount sufficient to justify the fee any longer.
Biba Kopf, NME, 4th August 1984
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