John Lydon Slams Sex Pistols ReissuePosted by Cameron LaFlam
John Lydon, former lead singer for seminal punk band the Sex Pistols, is disgruntled about the long-time dismantled group’s media hullabaloo.
Never Mind the Bollocks, the band’s enduring 1977 album, was recently given an extensive re-release to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Its exclusive boxset includes music, video footage, photos, interviews and much more. Coinciding with the highly publicized re-release was a public rallying to put the song “God Save The Queen” on the top of UK’s Singles Chart.
In Lydon’s (aka Johnny Rotten‘s) less than enthused opinion, “It wasn’t right from the start…I don’t like the vacuous nonsense of trying to create false agendas…to be Number One…never did nothing for Number One.” He sees other former members still reaping goods from a musical corpse they abandoned thirty years back.
His band Public Image LTD formed shortly after the Sex Pistols; records such as Metal Box have become influential post-punk albums. They put out This is PiL in May of 2012, their first proper album in twenty years. Trying to talk sense into a situation decided long ago, Lydon commented that “if Universal had any sense, they’d have signed fucking PiL and not the Pistols.”