‘THE filth and the fury’ is one of the most famous headlines in the history of popular music.
The front page story regarding how The Sex Pistols shocked London TV viewers one memorable winter’s tea time is now 36 years old and still the arguments rage on as is apparent in Gloria Lancaster’s letter in last week’s Express.
Ian Clayton is a founding member of one of the country’s leading classic album listening clubs, The CAT Club (Classic Album Tuesdays) which is based in Pontefract.
We have had university lecturers, one of the world’s great guitar players and local talent making guest appearances where they have listened, talked about and played music from all genres.
At a recent gathering the featured record was The Sex Pistols one and only bona fide album ‘Never Mind….’ and the for and against debate raged long into the night. They released only one album and yet its influence and legacy are beyond compare - no other band in history has achieved so much with one single album whether you like it or not.
That is the beauty of music - it’s subjective and it’s passionate. Punk and new wave arrived to give a refreshing alternative to what many consider overblown, self indulgent and pretentious pomposity like Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
No statue, no airport named after them - but two of The Sex Pistols songs did feature as part of Danny Boyle’s Olympic ceremony celebrating the best of British.
I personally disagree with Ian (incidentally, a massive Beatles fan) regarding Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ and am bewildered by his passion for George Formby but will defend his right to state his point of view.
As for ‘music not being Mr Clayton’s forte’ let’s leave the last word to the esteemed Record Collector magazine who had this to say about Ian’s autobiographical book: ‘Bringing It All Back Home is one of the best books about popular music ever written.’
The CAT Club.