« Previous | Main | Next »

Another Girl, Another Plantagenet

Stuart Bailie | 00:23 UK time, Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Richard III was punk rock. We know this because Johnny Rotten formulated his twisted stage persona in response to the 1955 film in which Laurence Olivier played the malodorous monarch. Johnny mentions this in his autobiography, 'No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs' and clips of the film were spliced into the Sex Pistols film, The Filth And The Fury.

After Glen Matlock left the Sex Pistols, the bassist formed the Rich Kids with Midge Ure. Their third single was 'Ghosts Of Princes In Towers', another reference to Richard and the Plantagenet story. Richard has been cited by Morrissey while the Manic Street Preachers referred to "the winter of my discontent" in 'Love Letter To The Future'. Even Van Morrison delivered a passing reference to the line in 'Sense Of Wonder'.

Meantime in 1997 Supergrass had formulated a moody song for their second album, 'In It For The Money'. As was their habit, they gave the track a working title, reflecting the the billowing tone. 'Richard III' it was, and title stuck. Fortunately for us, really.


Be the first to comment

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.