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'Sid and Nancy' and more punk influences in movies and on TV

Gary Oldman stars as Sid Vicious and Chloe

Gary Oldman stars as Sid Vicious and Chloe Webb stars as Nancy Spungen in the motion picture "Sid & Nancy." Credit: The Kobal Collection, 1986

With The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art opening the exhibition "Punk: Chaos to Couture" May 9, perhaps it's time for someone to curate a retrospective on how punk was portrayed on TV and in the movies. Let's just say Hollywood's attempts at co-opting punk were about as subtle as a safety pin through the cheek.



C.P.O. SHARKEY: 'PUNK ROCK SHARKEY' (March 24, 1978) -- Possibly the earliest depiction of punk rock in prime time, this episode of Don Rickles' naval-base sitcom featured a performance by real-life L.A. punk band The Dickies.

SUGAR TIME!: 'PUNK ROCK' (May 22, 1978) -- Wholesome girl band Sugar (Barbi Benton, Marianne Black, Didi Carr) gets a new manager, who urges them to go punk.

AMERICAN BANDSTAND (May 17, 1980) and THE TOMORROW SHOW (June 27, 1980) -- You do not get more punk than John Lydon and Public Image Ltd. commandeering Dick Clark's studio, or Lydon and bandmate Keith Levene baiting a clueless Tom Snyder.

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QUINCY M.E.: 'NEXT STOP, NOWHERE' (Dec. 1, 1982) -- Punks won't help Quincy (Jack Klugman) find a punk-rock girl he knows is innocent of murder. Why? Because, "You're the killers! Your whole sick society! ... We're just your lousy escape goat!"

THE SIMPSONS: 'ROSEBUD' (Oct. 21, 1993) -- OK, it was long after punk's heyday. But if you can't make an exception for the animated Ramones as themselves, well, you oughta be sedated.



ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL (1979) -- The Ramones ruled in this comedy cult classic.

TIMES SQUARE (1980) -- Two girls form a New York punk band with help from a DJ (Tim Curry).

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS (1981) -- Steve Jones and Paul Cook (the Sex Pistols) and Paul Simonon (The Clash) are among the real-lifers playing fictional musicians in another cult classic, about a girl band gone punk.

CLASS OF 1984 (1982) -- An inner-city teacher (Perry King) gets tormented by, apparently, the touring company of "The Road Warrior."

SID AND NANCY (1986) -- Alex Cox's biographical drama examined the Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) and the mysterious 1978 death of girlfriend Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb).

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