These freaks wouldn’t advertise butter…
It’s a teensy bit depressing watching Johnny Rotten doing butter adverts – akin to walking in on Rambo trying on knickers. But there are some punk rockers who will never sell out no matter what… Interestment hails them…
1. Siouxsie Sioux
Still barmy as a goat, Siouxsie was one of the original punk rockers, and was live on television when the Sex Pistols told Bill Grundy to fuck off. What a day that was. She then went on to form Siouxsie and The Banshees and recently told The Independent, “I’ve never particularly said I’m hetero or I’m a lesbian. I know there are people who are definitely one way, but not really me.”
2. Richard Hell
Booted out of seminal punk band Television for being too damn edgy, Hell was the man behind the Sex Pistols’ safety-pins-and-bondage-trousers look. He also wrote one of the best punk songs of the time, Blank Generation…
3. Patti Smith
US punk was a little bit more thoughtful and poetic than the UK stuff, and Patti Smith was all performance arty and pretentious. She also pioneered the heroin chic look… by taking lots of heroin. Good girl. Still going strong as an artiste.
4. Mick Jones
A super-influential UK punk as one quarter of The Clash, not to mention the man behind 80s legends Big Audio Dynamite. While Rotten has gone on to embarrass himself, Jones has produced records for Pete Doherty. That is only semi-humiliating.