The Sex Pistols energized and infuriated the English music scene with songs such as “God Save the Queen” and “Anarchy in the UK”.
Life can get pretty rotten with the Sex Pistols – just ask John Lydon.
The former frontman of the British punk group recently recalled the rise and fall of fame that came after the band’s solo studio album, “Never Mind the Bollocks, Hear the Sex Pistols”.
Formed in London in 1975, Sex Pistols energized and infuriated the English music scene with songs such as “God Save the Queen” and “Anarchy in the UK”.
“I don’t know that there was much glory,” the 65-year-old told Metro UK. “It was mostly hell on earth. There was a constant pressure but I had to write the songs I wanted to write, songs that reached the public and that the public was very good at and appreciated.”
Starr, also known as Johnny Rotten, said the group’s controversial songs came with unwanted attention – and that the public was not involved.
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“… I had a media and a police force that didn’t appreciate it,” he said. “I was discussed in the Houses of Parliament under the Sedition Act. And you go, ‘Oh, ha ha,’ but it was given the death penalty! For words! Something small like ‘anarchy in the UK’ Pop songs and you could die. With his head!”
The Sex Pistols officially split in 1978. Their bassist, Sid Vicious, died the following year at the age of 21. Over the years, the surviving members have reunited for several concerts, most recently in 2008. A recent lawsuit, however, has sparked drama between Bandmates.
In August, a British judge ruled that Sex Pistols’ lyrics could be used in the upcoming TV series, despite Lydon’s protests.
Ex-Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook previously sued the singer after he attempted to block the use of music in the Disney-backed series “Pistols” based on a memoir by 66-year-old Jones.
Lydon said during a hearing in the High Court that he opposed the use of “heart and soul” music in a show that he considered “nonsense”. He also expressed concern that the series would portray him in a negative light.
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Lydon stated that the songs could not be licensed without their consent, but Cook and Jones claimed that an agreement dating from 1998 allowed a majority decision.
Judge Anthony Mann agreed that the pair were entitled to enforce the “majority voting rules” outlined in the band agreement. He said Lydon’s claim that he was not aware of the details or implications of the agreement he signed was “a convenient tactic”.
Cook and Jones welcomed the decision. He added that the court battle “has not been a pleasant experience, but we believe it was necessary to allow us to move forward and work together in the future with a better relationship.”
“Pistols” is being produced for Disney’s subsidiary FX and directed by Danny Boyle, the Academy Award-winning director of “Trainspotting” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”
The judge said, “Mr Lydon has not shied away from describing his difficult relationships with other members – difficult in different ways with different members – and this has persisted through his return tours in the 1990s and 2000s.” ” “It still holds today.”
Lydon told the outlet that his former bandmates “done the dirty work on me.”
“I just went and matched them, bullet for bullet,” he said. “It just put me in a financial hole. It won’t kill me – people like me are resilient.”
Lydon has devoted most of his time to caring for his wife, Nora, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.