The case against Carmine “Papa Smurf” Franco, a notorious mobster who ran trash trucks in New York and New Jersey, has turned up at least one amazing piece of evidence: a tape, obtained by DNAinfo, that shows Franco and his associates extolling the virtues of Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious.
“One of the best rock albums ever f—in’ made,” a Genovese Crime Family associate is heard to say about “Never Mind the Bollocks.”
“You got that right, man,” another hood replies in a conversation recorded by a sanitation businessman wearing a wire for the FB I. “You absolutely got that right.”
“Man, oh man, ‘God Save the Queen,’” another chimes in, referring to one of the band’s classic songs. “F—in’ great album.”
I wonder what they thought of Public Image Ltd.?