John Lydon chased by former Sex Pistols group mates
John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, is being sued by his former Sex Pistols bandmates for using the band’s songs in an upcoming TV series.
Guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook say they have every right to license the music of The Sex Pistols to Gun, the upcoming limited edition series based on the iconic British punk band. The show, which is based on Jones’ memoir Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Gun, will be directed by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle.
In April, Lydon described the biopic TV series as “the most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to endure” and threatened to take legal action against the production. Now he has been beaten in the fist, as his former bandmates sued the singer.
According to Associated press, a lawyer for the frontman of the Sex Pistols argued that licenses to use the band’s music cannot be granted without Lydon’s consent. The statement conflicted with that of Edmund Cullen, an attorney for Jones and Cook, who told the court that the band members agreed in 1998 that all Sex Pistols licensing deals would be made on the basis of the “rules. of the majority ”.
Other statements from the lawyers shed some light on the lingering acrimony between the two sides. Lydon’s attorney noted that the singer was offended by his description in Jones’ memoir, saying he was portrayed “in a hostile and unflattering light.” Meanwhile, Cullen described the relationship between former Sex Pistols groupmates as “brittle and aggressive.”
Of course, the same fighting spirit, attitude and arrogance that the band members currently use against each other has also helped make the band legendary. Formed in 1975, the Sex Pistols were icons of the punk movement, wreaking havoc on their anti-establishment agenda, while also scoring hits like “God Save the Queen” and “Anarchy in the UK”. The band only released one album, 1977’s No matter the bullshit, here are the Sex Pistols. Yet their legacy has endured, with its members reuniting more recently to perform in 2008.
Gun is tentatively scheduled to air on FX in 2022, although no official release date has been announced. Meanwhile, the trial between the former members of the Sex Pistols group is expected to resume next week.