Review of Rotten TV

Rotten TV (2000– )
Absolutely Brilliant
25 May 2005
I remember watching this when it aired and expecting to see John Lydon whore himself out for 15 more minutes in the sun. I was shocked to find out that it was actually a really good show, sort of a rough precursor to Penn and Teller's Bullshit. Especially memorable was when he tried to get an interview with Neil Young, who refused because he "doesn't do interviews with people he doesn't know," at which point Lydon goes crazy, pointing out that Young wrote a song about him ("Hey, hey / My, my / This is a song about Johnny Rotten / He may be gone, but he's not forgotten"). It was just this genius blend of humor and socially relevant commentary attacking the pompousness that pervades all of rock and roll. It is no wonder that VH1 pulled it after 3 airings. I'd imagine this happened because Rotten was relentless in exposing the whole music industry, including MTV and it's subsidiaries, for being driven only by dollars and cynically pumping out product aimed at the the lowest common denominator, alienating VH1 from the pop icons it relies on for content. However, I would respect them more for showing all seven episodes or putting them out on video or selling them to someone like Trio to broadcast. If you ever get a chance, definitely check this out.
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