Started by cheyler, January 11, 2016, 20:20:23
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QuoteThe song 'Heroin Face' is particularly interesting. Heroin had been around since 1874 and most everyone beyond a certain age had at least a rough idea what it was. Ex-Dolls Thunders and Jerry Nolan (drums) along with Walter Lure (lead/rhythm guitar) and Billy Rath (bass), known collectively as The Heartbreakers, were invited by Sex Pistols (mis-)manager Malcolm McLaren to fly to the U.K. and be third on the bill for the ill-fated 'Anarchy Tour' in December 1976. Good old Nancy, groupie junkie prostitute that she was (bless her heart), followed them over as her sights were set on Jerry Nolan. He would have nothing to do with her so she tried to latch on to Johnny Rotten. Same result, 'no thank you, next please'. She glommed on to Sid and he was shooting heroin shortly thereafter; he having been an intravenous speed user for a couple of years already. The punks had great respect and admiration for the two ex-Dolls and also Rath/Lure by association. They were junkies and we wanna be like them, so... The junkie pied-pipers traveled throughout the U.K. sowing the seeds that would, in short order, completely destroy the burgeoning punk scene. 'Heroin Face' is unique. Most bands avoided the subject altogether; RS was one of the few that had anything to say on the matter; The Clash and 'Deny' being another ('...baby I've seen your arms...'). Even the band name, 'The Cure', was slang for the process of getting off heroin (as in 'take the cure')