Thursday, April 28, 2011

Gordon in the morning: Punk springs a surprise

There's a decent bit of writing under the Bizarre banner this morning, with David Hepworth turning up to offer a Punks Got Old piece following the death of Poly Styrene:

A devotee of the Hare Krishna movement, she was still giving interviews to promote her new album, Generation Indigo, from her hospice bed.

It seems barely possible that such vibrant young spirits should succumb to an illness like that.

It seems doubly odd that we should remember Marianne Elliott by the comic book name she gave herself in those mad times.

That's the great melancholy truth of pop fame. It begins as a lark. It ends up as a life sentence.
Alan McGee also write about Poly:
Poly wasn't a conventional kind of sexy woman but she was still very sexy.
He does mention her other achievements, but he does choose to end his eulogy for one of his heroes by mentioning how sexy she was.

Elsewhere, it's business as usual as a photo of David Beckham with a cheerleader in the foreground inspires Gordon to write a piece which appears to not be bothered that it's unlikely that Beckham was actually looking at the woman who appears to be in front of him.

UPDATE: Thanks to the person in the comments who pointed out that McGee's piece went on beyond the 'sexy' comments, so in fairness to Alan: apologies for assuming you ended your bit with those words.

The actual ending is:
She helped to get rid of the w*****s.
And this bit:
Poly paved the way for people including Madonna and Lady GaGa.

You wonder if they would have even existed without Poly and Ari Up from The Slits, who died last year.
Hmm. Would there have been a Madonna without Poly and Ari? Yes, probably. Would there have been a Lady GaGa? Er, yes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

in fairness, Simon, McGee's piece doesn't end with that line. although I can see why you made the mistake, as a) the rest of the column continues after the 'More' button, and b) you wouldn't exactly put a comment like that past him.

you're right about the Hepworth piece though. very nice.

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