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These Bands Have Bold And Controversial Names

5/31/2015 3:00pm EDT
15 Bold And Sexual Band Names
Not all band names were created equally. Some are clearly down to earth while others are bold and filled with controversy. A down to earth post of the best band names would be boring, SO, why not examine some of the boldest band names out there, shall we? No, this list doesn’t “go for the kill” – some are too hot for Starpulse or really anybody – but there are definitely 15 great, bold bands that grace this list.

1) N.W.A.

One of the boldest, most controversial names (and collectives) has to be N.W.A., which stands for N***az Wit Attitudes. As shocking as the name is outside of it...

Sex Pistols 'Johnny Rotten' Lydon To Get New Set Of Teeth

7/26/2012 4:10pm EDT
John Lydon
Punk icon John Lydon is to undergo dental surgery amid fears his rotten teeth could kill him.

The Sex Pistols frontman was nicknamed Johnny Rotten in his 1970s heyday because of his crumbling molars, but he will soon have a healthier mouth after undergoing a surgical procedure.

The star suffered a double abscess earlier this year and was left with a temporary speech impediment after he was given stitches in his mouth following an operation - and he's now set for major surgery after a dentist warned him his gum problems could prove fatal.

Lydon tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I'm fina...

John Lydon Snubs The London Olympics

4/25/2012 11:03pm EDT
John Lydon
Punk icon John Lydon turned down an offer for his band Sex Pistols to take part in the London Olympics celebrations, branding the event a waste of money and accusing organizers of trying to hijack his image.

Rumors swirled last year that the Pretty Vacant hit-makers were among acts being lined up to perform at the sporting spectacular's opening ceremony in July, alongside members of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Now, Lydon has confirmed he was approached about getting involved, but he snubbed the offer as he is adamant the U.K. cannot afford to stage the event in the midst of a gl...

Rare Sex Pistols' 'God Save The Queen' Single For Sale

12/13/2011 10:01am EST
Sex Pistols
A rare recording of the Sex Pistols' God Save The Queen has gone on sale for $16,000.

Record Collector magazine editors claim the A&M Records' version of the 1977 single is the world's most valuable vinyl disc because the punk legends, fronted by Johnny Rotten, were dropped by the label before the track's release and most copies were destroyed.

The single, which is available for sale on, is said to be a "mint, unplayed copy... obtained from an ex-industry source with impeccable credentials."

The description states, "This is not only one of the rarest records in existence bu...

Green Day Crowned The Kings Of Punk

8/3/2011 10:05am EDT
Green Day
Green Day have been crowned the kings of punk in a new Rolling Stone online poll.

The California trio beat out The Clash, The Ramones and the Sex Pistols to land atop the fans' countdown of the best punk acts ever.

The Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, The Misfits and Black Flag also made the top 10.

The Clash

The Ramones

Sex Pistols

The Dead Kennedys

Bad Brains

The Misfits

Black Flag

Sid Vicious' Art To Go Under The Hammer

4/6/2011 8:30am EDT
Sex Pistols
A collection of Sid Vicious' newly-discovered artwork is set to fetch $6,400 at auction.

The Sex Pistols star, real name John Simon Beverley, created a variety of sketches and paintings as a teen studying at London's Hackney College of Further Education.

The paintings include a still-life of a buttercup, a mosque set against a deep red sunset and a Dali-esque landscape featuring a dismembered head. The work has been compiled into a special collection, Sid Vicious' Book of Artwork, which is expected to be a huge hit when it goes under the hammer at the Fame Bureau in London on Monday.


Sex Pistols Singer John Lydon Calls Jay-Z 'Nonsense'

1/31/2011 11:56pm EST
John Lydon
Punk rocker John Lydon has launched a scathing attack on Jay-Z, dismissing the rap superstar's work as a "parody."

The former Sex Pistols frontman insists he is no fan of the hip-hop mogul and has no interest in reading Jay-Z's book "Decoded," which will compete against the singer's own tome, "Mr. Rotten's Scrapbook," for Best Book at the U.K.'s upcoming NME Awards.

He tells, "I'm afraid what he does is parody to me. Jay-Z's just nonsense."

However, Lydon concedes he's passing judgment blindly because he's yet to come face-to-face with the "Empire State of Mind" hitmaker. He adds...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: April

1/1/2011 3:00pm EST
Bret Michaels
The eruption of a volcano in Iceland at the end of March meant the following month was dogged by stories of stranded stars as a giant ash cloud swept over northern Europe and closed airports across the continent.

California's Coachella festival was under threat as a number of acts canceled their slots when they were unable to fly out to the U.S.

Several movie premieres were also affected in the chaos - the "Iron Man 2" red carpet event in London was moved to Los Angeles when stars including Robert Downey, Jr. were unable to jet to Britain. Miley Cyrus also scrapped plans to unveil her fil...

Prodigy's 'Smack My B**ch Up' Named Most Controversial Song

11/24/2010 1:25pm EST
A track by British dance act The Prodigy has been voted the most controversial song of all time.

The band's 1997 offering, Smack My B**ch Up, was banned by the U.K.'s BBC network - the sex and drugs-filled video was not shown and the track was not played in chart rundowns.

It has now topped a poll by the Performing Right Society to find the most outrageous tune, ahead of the Sex Pistols' God Save The Queen at number two and Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood at three.

The top five is rounded out by Eminem's Kim and Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine.

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The Slits Singer Ari Up Dies At 48

10/21/2010 8:50am EDT
The Slits
The Slits frontwoman Ari Up has died at the age of 48.

The punk pioneer passed away on Wednesday after suffering a "serious illness," according to her stepfather, Sex Pistols rocker John Lydon.

No further details of her cause of death were given as WENN went to press. Lydon, who is married to Up's mother Nora, confirmed the sad news in a post on his official website.

The message reads, "John and Nora have asked us to let everyone know that Nora's daughter Arianna (aka Ari-Up) died today after a serious illness. She will be sadly missed. Everyone at and PiLofficial.Com w...

Sex Pistols Launch Fragrance

8/18/2010 11:28am EDT
Sex Pistols
Legendary rockers the Sex Pistols have bottled the scent of the punk era by launching the band's first fragrance.

The group has teamed up with French beauty brand Etat Libre D'Orange to create a self-titled scent, which is described as "the spirit of punk" in a bottle.

The perfume, which is launched this summer, comes in packaging inspired by the Sex Pistols' hit track God Save the Queen.

A statement from executives at the fragrance company reads, "To wear this scent, you must resist tradition, fight conformity, and disregard aromatic conventions. In the spirit of punk, you must be wi...

Nicolas Cage Always Wanted To Make Family Movies

4/7/2010 11:33am EDT
Nicolas Cage came to the comic book convention WonderCon in San Francisco to show families a preview of his upcoming film The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Cage stars along with young actors Jay Baruchel and Teresa Palmer, who recalled sneaking into Cage’s R-rated movies when they were younger. That struck a chord with Cage.

“I love that story because my wife snuck into Face/Off,” Cage said of Baruchel’s antics.

Cage may have become more of a family man, but he says he always wanted to make family movies. “I want to do these movies anyway,” Cage said. “I want to reiterate that this movie will e...

PiL Return To U.S. After 18 Years

3/5/2010 9:26am EST
John Lydon of PiL
John Lydon's punk collective Public Image Limited (PiL) will make their first U.S. TV appearance in 18 years when they perform on late night show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on April 7.

The former Sex Pistols star regrouped PiL last year and announced a string of North American live shows, beginning with a performance at next month's Coachella festival in California.

But, before the festival, the band, featuring Bruce Smith and Lu Edmonds, will perform on Kimmel's Bud Light Golden Wheat Outdoor Stage on April 7.

PiL's last U.S. TV performance was in 1992.

The band returned in December for seve...

Dakota Fanning & Kristen Stewart Re-Record Runaways Songs For Soundtrack

3/1/2010 11:50pm EST
The Runaways
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning have put their new rock star skills to good use by re-recording four Runaways tracks for the soundtrack of the upcoming biopic about the all-girl band.

The songs will be part of the soundtrack of "Runaways - Music From The Motion Picture", alongside tunes from David Bowie, MC5, The Stooges, Sex Pistols and Joan Jett.

It's the first time either actress has contributed to the soundtrack of a movie.

Stewart, who portrays Joan Jett in the film and Fanning, who plays Cherie Currie, have revamped The Runaways' "Queens of Noise" and "Dead End Justice" together...

Two New Grateful Dead Music Collections Out April 7

3/24/2009 7:00pm EDT
Grateful Dead
Pinpointing the creative zenith of the Grateful Dead's career would be a challenge fit for even Sisyphus. That said, one could do a lot worse than looking to the fabled spring tour of 1977, long considered by Dead Heads as the very best. During a remarkable 26 shows in 37 days, the Dead played with unparalleled energy, wit, passion and power -- a band at the very top of its game. The tour ended on a euphoric note May 28 at the Hartford Civic Center in Connecticut, where the band previewed several tracks from its soon-to-be-released ninth studio album Terrapin Station.

Listening Par...

Concert Review: Los Campesinos! At The EARL In Atlanta

2/5/2009 9:53am EST
Los Campesinos!
The Welsh Indie-pop group Los Campesinos! rocked the EARL (East Atlanta Restaurant & Lounge) with loads of glockenspiel-laden selections. Frontman Gareth multitasked between a single drum and the glockenspiel, while adroitly handling vocals.

The band first came into prominence in late 2006, with the Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene) produced "We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives" / "Don't Tell Me To Do The Math(s)" double single. In June of 2007, the group released "You! Me! Dancing!" which, like several of their other creations, has a strange resemblance to a New Order song (mostl...

My Chemical Romance Debuts New Video For 'Watchmen'; See It Here

2/3/2009 9:46am EST
My Chemical Romance
The music video for My Chemical Romance's "Desolation Row" has finally made its North American debut. The song, a reinterpretation of the Bob Dylan classic, was recorded specifically for the upcoming feature film Watchmen. Watchmen: Music From the Motion Picture, which contains the song, is due from Warner Sunset/Reprise Records on March 3rd, three days before the film hits theaters nationwide.

The video, which was helmed by Watchmen director Zack Snyder, transports the viewer into the world of Watchmen in an alternate 1985. My Chemical Romance is performing at a dive bar, reigning as...

Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

1/30/2009 2:14pm EST
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...

Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

9/19/2008 9:07am EDT
Walk the Line
The biopic is a longstanding Hollywood tradition. There are the big budget epics like the now infamous Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra," David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," or Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." Then there are the smaller pictures chronicling the equally gripping stories of those less celebrated. Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the Irish cerebral palsy painter, Christy Brown in "My Left Foot," or Bill Condon's 2004 film "Kinsey" about human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey come to mind.

In recent years, thanks in part to the wide success of the films "Ray...

'The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself,' Due June 24

6/19/2008 7:00pm EDT
Billy Idol
Billy Idol has recorded two brand new songs for The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself, a new career-spanning CD, Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and digital collection to be released June 24 by Capitol/EMI. The two songs, "John Wayne" and "New Future Weapon," will be exclusively available on the new release, which features all seven of Idol's Top 10 hits among its 18 tracks, including two #1s. The Deluxe Edition adds 13 music videos making their DVD release debuts, including two alternate video edits that have never before been released in any format. The CD and CD/DVD packages are both des...

Alejandro Escovedo Visiting A Town And TV Near You This Summer

6/1/2008 10:30am EDT
Alejandro Escovedo
Alejandro Escovedo will be touring behind the release of his ninth studio album, 'Real Animal,' throughout the summer. He will be joining the Dave Matthews Band for six dates in June, followed by headlining shows across the States and Canada through July. Appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on June 20, The Today Show on June 24 and The Late Show with David Letterman on August 7 are also scheduled.

'Real Animal,' featuring 13 original songs produced by Tony Visconti (T. Rex, David Bowie, Thin Lizzy), will be released on June 24 via Manhattan/Back Porch. "The inspiration for thi...

'Wanderlust': Song-By-Song with Gavin Rossdale

5/26/2008 11:00am EDT
Gavin Rossdale
Some Days: I met someone from Fox in a grocery store who came up and asked if maybe I could write something for TV. It was nice because I love being commissioned. I must have been a dog in a previous life because I quite like someone throwing a ball and I have to fetch it. So I wrote the song for this TV show Drive. They had sixty songs already but felt they all missed the mark. It was a show about people on a journey, so I looked at it through my eyes and I wrote this song the next day. They loved it. I thought "Great – this song will make me a star like something on Grey's Anatomy." The...

The Art Of Making A Good Album: Is It Lost In Today's Profitable Uniformity?

3/19/2008 12:17pm EDT
Michael Jackson made the repeat-worthy Thriller
It seems like cavemen were rolling the first wheels when albums were interesting enough for fans to listen to from beginning to end. There was a time when a hot single meant a hot record. Fans bought concert souvenirs at concerts, not on eBay or at Wal-Mart, and originality was the trend as opposed to monotony. Things have changed.

Maybe its time for the music history to repeat itself. Let’s bring back the long hair, painted faces, shell toe Adidas, and high-end Dapper Dan fits, or need I say, the silver glove or a revealing pair of purple pants. There was a time when Sam Goody and F.Y...

British Invasion: Check Out Jamie T, Hot Chip & Bat For Lashes

1/28/2008 2:35pm EST
Hot Chip
In the interest of keeping our readers' fingers on the pulse of the latest British wave, Starpulse gives you the 411 on the newest batch of hot songwriters from across the pond.

Joss Stone's early 2007 release, Introducing Joss Stone, was the highest debut for a female act from the United Kingdom. And with Amy Winehouse racking up Grammy nominations and tabloid coverage that out-Britneys even Britney, the newest incarnation of the British Invasion looks a heck out a lot different than the Beatles or even Oasis a mere 10 years ago.

Jamie T

The Skinny: In his cockney Brit accent, ...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 3

9/3/2007 3:00am EDT
Charlie Sheen
Happy Birthday to Olympic snowboarder Shaun White (1986), Sum 41 bassist Jason McCaslin (1980), 30 Seconds to Mars guitarist Tomo Milicevic (1979), "The Bold and the Beautiful" actress Ashley Jones (1976), actor Dominic West (1969), "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen (1965), Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones (1955), actress Valerie Perrine (1943), founding Beach Boy Al Jardine (1942), actress Eileen Brennan (1938), blues guitarist Freddie Jones (1934; d. 1976), tv and movie actress Kitty Carlisle (1910), and actor Alan Ladd (1913; d. 1964).

'Tony Hawk's Proving Ground's Astonishing Soundtrack Unveiled

8/27/2007 3:00pm EDT
Foo Fighters
This October, Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is bringing the sounds of skate culture to life like never before in Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground -- the deepest, most customizable skateboarding game ever. Featuring over 50 tracks including "The Pretender," the first single from the Foo Fighters’ forthcoming album and popular anthems from Nirvana, Bloc Party, Jurassic 5, Slick Rick, The Rolling Stones, and many more, players will be able to create their personal skate legacy to the songs that have fueled today’s skateboarding culture. Additionally, MCA of the Beastie Boys makes an appearance in ...

EA Games To Release 'Skate,' The Ultimate Boarding Game, In September

7/25/2007 11:18am EDT
Skate is the closest thing to skateboarding without actually putting your feet on a board. With innovative controls that take advantage of the dual analog sticks, the power of the next gen hardware, and the ability to sculpt tricks that define your own style, skate delivers an authentic boarding mecca like no other video game.

Individual style combined with physics-driven animations promise that no two tricks will ever be the same. And there's plenty of room to pull off those tricks – San Vanelona challenges you to explore, find, and own the best spots. You can even capture footage to...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 20

7/20/2007 3:00am EDT
Josh Holloway
Happy Birthday to All-American Rejects guitarist Mike Kennerty (1980), Brazilian supermodel Giselle Bundchen (1980), actor Simon Rex (1974), "Lost" bad-boy Josh Holloway (1969), British actor Julian Rhind-Tutt (1968), Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard (1966), ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell (1964), actor Frank Whaley (1963), "Spies Like Us" actress Donna Dixon (1956), Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook (1956), prolific Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana (1947), singer/songwriter Kim Carnes (1945), screen legend Natalie Wood (1938; d. 1981), and actress Lola Albright (1926).

Celebrity Birthdays, May 10

5/10/2007 3:00am EDT
Happy Birthday to "Kenan and Kel" star Kenan Thompson (1978), Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista (1965), U2 singer/humanitarian Bono (1960), Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious (1957; d. 1979), Traffic guitarist Dave Mason (1946), comedy movie director Jim Abrahams (1944), country legend Mother Maybelle Carter (1909), silver screen star Fred Astaire (1899; d. 1987), and Austrian composer Max Steiner (1888; d. 1971).

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony To Air Live On VH1 Classic

3/2/2007 12:19pm EST
Van Halen
For the first time ever, VH1 Classic will air the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" LIVE on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 PM/ET. Music fans will get to see and hear Van Halen, R.E.M., Patti Smith, The Ronettes, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five get inducted into this esteemed musical institution as the action and music unfolds.

For the first time, this year's induction ceremony will be telecast live from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on VH1 Classic and MHD: MTV Networks' high-definition music channel on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 PM/ET. In addition, a speci...