I ran across it again -- listening to an otherwise acceptable cover of a Sex Pistols song, the whole thing went to shit the minute the singer opened his yap.
I have a problem -- whether it's me, or Tom, or anyone else -- because the tendency to sing in the exaggerated Rotten style, with faux Rotten-English accent, seems to be overwhelming and unavoidable. Or nearly so.
I think that it's because he's the man. He got it, and he gave it, an' that's that.
Of course, hearing him unable to cover his own songs without sounding goofy suggests he may no longer get it in the same way he once did but, hey, ain't that true of almost all of us?
As the comments section reveals,
[ amidst an interesting discussion by misterparker of the challenges facing a JR attempting to work in 2007, and my own thoughts on JR's development as a singer ]
I now think that I may have mixed two different thoughts to create the impression that the "crap vox" to which I refer were on JR's new vocals.
Not so; the crap vocals were done live by a band in Texas.
Rotten presents some interesting challenges as he's evolved over the years.
You can go HERE to read his discussion of the re-recording of Anarchy and Pretty Vacant --- ShOcKinGLY, Steve Jones plays the bass on the tracks. Ha ha ha.
There's also a video trailer on behalf of the "Guitar Hero III" game, featuring John Lydon and Steve Jones. . .