John Lydon of Public Image, Ltd., possessed many skills in 1980. Lip syncing was not among them.
Come to think of it, remembering the lyrics most of the time wasn't part of his skill set, either.
And Dick Clark thought things would go according to plan when the former Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and his new band, PiL, came for a May 1980 visit . . . why, exactly? Like, dude, this ain't no Fabian or Frankie Avalon you're dealing with here.
WELL, Dick, it doesn't have much of a beat, and you can't do The Hustle to it, so I'll give it a . . . 275 out of 100.
The Man totally had it stuck to him that day.
IN JUNE of 1980, on the other hand, the great Tom Snyder of the Tomorrow show wasn't taking any of that s***.
If Lydon was gonna throw curve balls -- or a googlies, if you want to be cricket about it -- Snyder was gonna grab his bat and take his cuts. And not necessarily at the ball.
I've featured the Tomorrow interview before, but it's well worth another look.