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Punks and Money: Pete Doherty Talks About Filthy Lucre

by | 1st, May 2014

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PUNKS and money have always been a funny thing, mainly because the entire foundation for punk is to not give two hoots about cash. They mean it, maaan . Anti-establishment, lone wolf rock music, that does things on its own terms without caring about what the SUITS think.

Right on! And all that.

Of course, all punks soon get tired of being poor and living grottily, which prompts them to say everything was just one big Art Jape. Look at John Lydon poster boy for punk, later, advertisements for butter and appearing on reality TV shows in the jungle. Har de har har, all that stuff about being real? It was a joke wasn’t it? And all the reunion tours and reissues of our old records? Yeah, when we said ‘no future’, it was supposed to be funny! This was always likely to end up being our pensions! Hark! We even say ‘we’re only in it for the money!’ and talk about ‘filthy lucre’!

Alan McGee was another punk-turned-capitalist. Everything that doesn’t sit with some imagined punk ethos gets the ‘it’s an art statement’ treatment.

And so, to the reformation of The Libertines, where a band of Think They’re Punks have eschewed guerilla gigs and being 4REAL , in favour of a big fat payout.

Pete Doherty has talked about the money they’re getting, frankly. That’s because talking about the big wage makes your tediously drippy fans coo in unison! Oooh, ha ha!

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