Thursday, March 23, 2006

Corellian Outsiders



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


Neurotic Outsiders by the Neurotic Outsiders. This was the band Steve Jones formed in the mid-nineties with the two blonde guys from Guns n' Roses and John Taylor from Duran Duran. Originally, they just rocked out at the Viper Room, but then they decided what the hell, let's make an album. Not bad. A solid hard rock record, the kind you'd expect from two-fifths of Guns n' Roses, a former Sex Pistol, and the guy from Duran Duran. Came out in '96, same year the Pistols reunited.

As usual, I started the album right after the second drumroll in the 20th Century Fox fanfare.


- Darth Vader walks onscreen for the first time as "Always Wrong" starts.

- The camera is on C-3PO as the line "I'm always wrong" is heard in "Always Wrong"; two seconds later, the camera is on R2-D2 for the line "you're always right." Apropos, if you ask me.

- The line "inside I scream" in "Always Wrong" is heard as the camera is on Vader's choking victim.

- In "Good News," the line "everyone you touch they drop like flies" is heard as R2-D2 falls over, a victim of the Jawa stun gun.

- "Union" starts as Luke wakes up after the Tusken Raider attack and sees Obi-Wan.


And the streak is broken. I wasn't expecting much with this experiment, so I'm not overly upset. I'm more upset over the fact that the Outsiders didn't tour more extensively when this record came out. I remember at the time reading an interview with Jonesy where he said he was getting too old to be out on the road. What he really meant to say was that he didn't want to go out with anyone but the Pistols, because not long after that Finsbury Park show, Rotten, Jones, & Associates toured multiple continents (and I didn't get to see them because I didn't have the balls to steal my dad's car and drive to Memphis).

Hindsight is always 20/20. Methinks Jonesy was biding his time with the Outsiders while the other three Pistols cleared their schedules or worked out the terms of the reunion. Oh well, they should have done an East Coast tour with some dates in Florida, but there's no use crying over mid-nineties side projects featuring John Taylor. Neurotic Outsiders is a good record no matter how "into it" Steve was. Much better, I feel, than most of the post-Pistols projects he was involved in. That includes, but is not limited to, the following:

The Professionals
The Greedies
So Alone by Johnny Thunders
That one Iggy Pop record
That one Joan Jett record
That one Mel C. record
That one Avengers record
Fantasy 7
The solo on Megadeth's cover of "Anarchy in the U.K."
The Nothings
Dano Jones (not to be confused with Danko Jones)
Hollywood United

There's also rumors floating about that Steve played on some post-Spaghetti Incident pre-Chinese Democracy GNR stuff, but that's probably just poppycock perpetuated by the fact he was in the Outsiders with two guys from GNR.

Hey, I can't verify everything Steve Jones ever did. I'm not his resume!


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