Former Sex Pistols rocker John Lydon hates people calling him a punk because of the old connotations of the word. John Lydon doesn't like being called a punk. The singer - also known as Johnny Rotten - was leader of the notorious band Sex Pistols, figureheads of the rebellious 70s movement, but despite being dubbed the "King of Punk", the 'Pretty Vacant' rocker doesn't look upon the term affectionately. Speaking at the launch of his book 'Mr Rotten's Scrapbook', he told BANG Showbiz: "I never liked the moniker punk, it was given to us by Caroline Coon (journalist and artist), who called me the King of Punk, but when I found out what the world meant, like, somebody's bottom boy in an American prison, I was none too thrilled with the concept." (sorry for using that tag Johnny! I just want those identifying as "punks" to find this post) John also said he felt the look typically adopted by punks - a leather jacket, torn clothes adorned with safety pins and dyed hair, often in a Mohican style - was outdated and helped pigeonhole them, in direct contrast to what the records he has made aim for. He added: "It was a laugh, and you let that category jog along, but I make music to break down categories to eliminate the need to package and box each other in that contemptible way. Every man is different in his own way, and that is the wonder of nature. We are an incredible species. "If I wanted to adopt a uniform I'd join the army." 'Mr Rotten's Scrapbook' is limited to 750 copies, and is available now from http://www.johnlydon.com.
Written by M of Fodderstompf -John Lydon was born, in England, on or about Jan. 31 1956. In his Autobiography he says that no one is really sure because his birth certificate was destroyed. In 1975 He was spotted on the Kings Road, sporting a pink Floyd t-shirt with the words "I hate" painted on it and green hair. He was asked to audition for a new band the Sex Pistols. Not having much hope for a meaningful existence in 70's English oppression he accepted. Perhaps he realized instantly what he was capable of achieving with a forceful lyric combined with a raw sound that shook the foundations of traditional Dinosaur Rock that dominated the scene of the time. Even the painful first audition and the snubbing by the already established band members at the first rehearsal did not thwart his ambition. The time was right.
Pretty Vacant- Sex Pistols (Promo Video 1977, HD)
Recorded in one take in 1977 and directed by Mike Mansfield as a promo for the release of the single.
Source: http://www.mondoelectra.com/ fodderstompf/pil_biographies/john_lydon/ - The Sex Pistols became the seminal "punk" band, breaking new ground, causing chaos and generally making a stink wherever they went, both physically and figuratively! In their short career the Sex Pistols created music that still stands out today with songs such as "God Save the Queen", " Anarchy in the UK", "Pretty Vacant", "Holidays in The Sun" and " 17/Lazy Sod" These songs defied convention, accused and pointed fingers at the British social class system as well as modern youth apathy and conformity.
After the demise of the Sex Pistols, Lydon lost no time in putting into action ideas he had been forming. A new kind of music venture, something that went beyond the typical band format. So began Public Image Limited. Sometime after John married long time girlfriend Nora. The couple are still married today. A feet not accomplished by many "rock-stars" but then as he has proved thus far John Lydon fits no preconceived mold.
Lydon wags his finger at those still pining for the Sex Pistols and never really getting "it" at least lyrically. In the end "punk" had a become everything it protested just another fad, this seasons star child. "The Public Image belongs to me, my entrance, my own creation, my grand finale, my good-bye" sings John Lydon who is no-ones fashion victim and no slave to popularity contests.
PIL – Public Image
you never listen to a word that I said, you only seen me for the clothes that I wear, or did the interest go so much deeper it must have been
the colour of my hair…
John and Nora
LeftField – “Open up” featuring John Lydon
You lied, you faked
You cheated, you changed the stakes
Magnet toss that pie in the sky
Unrehearsed, let the bubbles burst
All in all, a three-ring circus
Of unity with parody
Tragedy or comedy
Open up, make room for me
Now open up, make room for me
Lose myself inside your schemes
Go for the money, honey
Not the screen
Be a movie star, blah blah blah
Go the whole hog
Be bigger than God
Burn Hollywood burn, taking down Tinseltown
Burn Hollywood burn, burn down to the ground
Burn Hollywood burn, burn holywood burn
Take down Tinseltown, burn down to the ground
Down, into the ground
Burn, burn, burn
Driving with John Lydon
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John Lydon Revisits His Childhood Home
John Lydon’s scrapbook