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The Ads You Won’t See on Super Sunday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 30, 2009 by 30daysout

You will NOT see these ads during Sunday’s Super Bowl telecast:


John Lydon (in a bathrobe) hawking Country Life butter

These videos and much more at blog

30 Years Out: The Sex Pistols live at Randy’s Rodeo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 26, 2008 by 30daysout

Sex Pistols at Randy’s Rodeo

Photo above from Sex Pistols at Randy’s Rodeo website 

Few things in rock and roll are as fun as being able to “discover” a new band and follow them as they progress into stardom, or obscurity.  Early in 1978 we were hearing rumbles from across the Atlantic about something new, something different, something very, very odd. 

It was, of course, the Sex Pistols … and they toured (more like invaded) the United States in 1978, crossing the southern half of the country playing redneck bars and enduring the insults of (supposedly) hostile audiences.  Manager Malcolm McLaren later admitted this was done on purpose, to get publicity. 

Anyway, I covered the infamous San Antonio gig at a bar called Randy’s Rodeo.  Of course, my newspaper refused to print the review; so did the Associated Press, for which I worked as a stringer.  So to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Randy’s Rodeo gig, here is the complete story, seen publicly for the first time: 

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 9, 1978) – On the jukebox at Randy’s Rodeo, a bowling alley-turned honky tonk on the outskirts of town, George Jones and Merle Haggard offer to sing their lonely, sad songs to anyone who will listen. 

But nobody wanted them Sunday night, as the British punk rock band the Sex Pistols invaded Randy’s with their trademark brand of switchblade rock and offensive stage antics.

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