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John Lydon rules out new Sex Pistols songs

Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has dashed fans' hopes for any new material from the punk supergroup.

Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, has occasionally reunited the original Pistols for one-off shows and tours, and at one point there was talk of the quartet recording new material -- but the "God Save The Queen" singer now fears the opportunity has passed and he's more interested in using his creative energy to write new songs for his other reunited act, Public Image Ltd.

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He tells, "I couldn't write new songs in a Sex Pistols context. I love singing them old songs, because they're very poignant and a very pertinent part of history belongs to the Sex Pistols. If I write new songs, it's PiL and that's it."

But he insists he could reunite the Pistols again for a tour, even though the last time he hit the road with Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and Paul Cook, it became a bit of a chore.

He adds, "Occasionally, a reenactment is a fine thing. I love Civil War reenactments.

"Unfortunately, the [last] tour went on too long, and it crept back in to all the old problems. It became very staid and tired for me and it felt like it was a job."

Jun 15, 2012 7:41AM
@ Ciraulo....Frank Zappa/The Mothers is a case of incredibly talented musicians getting together and creating music that is UN-listenable for the general population. I don't see how cowardly comes into it when you have advertising dollars at stake. I.E. That was really brave of the program director of KPOP to play that Zappa rock block followed up by side A of PiL's Flowers of Romance. Yeah, so what's he doing now? Oh he's bussing tables at Applebees. This will never change....If you want to hear have to seek it out. This has become way easier with technology. Not inclusive of Sirius/XM. They might stray a little bit off the beaten path but not much. What I don't get is their eliminating The punk channel. At this point "Punk" is pop..Its mainstream. It's a demographic that encompasses 14-50 yo. I think there's enough Religious talk and music stations. Is there really that many subscribers to justify the disparity? WTF Sirius? I miss 24hrs of punk on tap in my vehicle...My Ipod is my Savior but there is nothing quite like a DJ playing favorites and turning you on to new things. This was not an anonymous a**hole dig on you brother, I offer you this olive branch
Jun 15, 2012 7:16AM
The problem is of course, that the Pistols were so very much greater than PIL.  I always read that thanks to the Pistols, rock realized again that the important thing was passion and attitude and trying your best and so forth, not necessarily musicianship and pitch.   Yet, what I'm hearing now is something like 'only youngsters truly know how to communicate anger.'  In the internet age?  Really?  So, my interpretation is that Johnny doesn't want to summon the energy to make a sincere, angry old fossil album with his mates--even though it would almost certainly be better and more interesting than another PIL...   Ironically, despite all this lip-service to 'attitude' he's afraid, ala Paul Weller and the pre-Joe Strummer death Clash, to admit that he doesn't have the songwriting chops that he did when he was less than 25...
Jun 15, 2012 6:43AM
Punk was a moment in time. Should be left to history.
Jun 15, 2012 6:42AM
Public Image Ltd. (like Frank Zappa/the Mothers) is so original commercial radio will never play it because commercial radio is cowardly.
Jun 15, 2012 6:14AM
Bravo Johnny!!
How could a bunch of geezers like yourselves pretend to be 18 again? Now that's a farce!
Bring on the PIL!

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