The second season of the streaming service’s original series, “Pistol,” is a case study of how to waste a great cast. It’s not enough to have a punk rock band fronted by an actor who looks like Johnny Rotten (played by Sam Rockwell) and another guy who can play guitar like Sid Vicious (Johnny Galecki). It would be best if you also had a lead singer who looks like Jerry Only (Dave Franco) and a drummer who looks like Paul Cook (Troy Gentile). Throw in some other musicians — including an actual Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious’ bassist, Steve Jones — and you’ve got the makings of an amazing show.
We’re Supposed To Feel Bad When They Get Arrested
But instead of telling stories about these characters based on their real-life counterparts, “Pistol” turns them into caricatures and asks us to laugh at them for being so stupidly self-destructive.
We’re supposed to feel bad when they get arrested or fired from their jobs or when they ruin relationships with friends and family members, but then we’re supposed to laugh because they’re all idiots.
About The Series
Sex Pistols: The Filth and the Fury dramatize the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols, one of the most influential bands in rock history. The story follows Johnny Rotten (Stephen Graham), Sid Vicious (Gary Lewis), Paul Cook (Chris New), and Steve Jones (Mark Wingett) as they go from being unknown to becoming one of the biggest bands in England.
The film focuses on the relationship between Johnny Rotten and his manager Malcolm McLaren (played by Jonny Lee Miller). They were both outsiders who were drawn together by their love for music. However, as their popularity grew, so did their egos, which led them to engage in some very serious battles over control of their band.
About The Karaoke Band
The Sex Pistols were a British punk rock band formed in London in 1975. They are often credited as the first punk band. Although their initial career lasted just two and a half years, they were highly influential on the subsequent development of punk rock.
The Sex Pistols’ original lineup was composed of vocalist Johnny Rotten, guitarist Steve Jones, bassist Glen Matlock, and drummer Paul Cook. Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious early in 1977. Under the management of Malcolm McLaren, they released only one studio album—Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols—and two singles before breaking up in 1978. Their divisive lyrics and performances generated much controversy and publicity for punk rock both through live performances and television appearances such as on The Today Show.
The series stars Johnny Rotten as a washed-up rock star who must face his demons, including his manager Malcolm McLaren and former bandmate Steve Jones. The show was written by Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and directed by Julien Temple. It’s not just about the Sex Pistols and their rise to fame. It also features fictionalized versions of other famous people from the era, like Sid Vicious and John Lydon’s wife, Nora Forster.