Musings —04.18.2012 07:37 PM—
Before the Internet and MTV and MuchMusic, he was pretty much the only game in town. When I heard, in Spring 1980, that Dick Clark had invited PIL onto his show, I predicted it would be anarchic insanity, total chaos, and that the American Bandstand boss would profoundly regret his decision.
Rotten, as you will see, did his level best to derail the proceedings. But Clark, ever the pro, doesn’t once lose his cool or even blink. He just carried on. Me and my punk buddies, then well aware of Rotten’s bottomless talent for destruction, thought that was the coolest thing.
R.I.P., Dick. You were a punk.