Sex Pistols members respond to John Lydon over legal battle
Sex Pistols members Steve Jones and Paul Cook responded to comments from former band member John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) following a London court ruling allowing a decision to be made “at the majority ”within the group.
Last month, a judge upheld an agreement signed in 1998 that the group’s majority could override any member’s veto. Lydon, who had refused to allow the band’s music to be used in an upcoming biopic called Gun, had on the contrary affirmed that the Sex Pistols had always operated unanimously. In a statement posted on his website last week, Lydon described himself as the “creative force” behind the group.
“I’m the singer and songwriter, the leader, the picture, whatever you want,” the statement read. “I put it there. How is that irrelevant? It’s stunned to me. It’s so destructive to what the band is, and so I’m afraid the whole project may be. is overwhelmingly negative.… I don’t think those are even words I can put forward to explain how fallacious this is. As I said in the lyrics to “The Order of Death”, this is what you want, this is what you get. “
Jones and Cook have now issued their own statement in response: “While John’s contribution is rightly acknowledged, his claims to be the only significant member of the group are hard to accept. Steve, Paul and Glen [Matlock] started the band, and it was completed when John joined. All the songs on the group’s seminal Never mind the bullshit album were written by Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and [Johnny] Rotten except “Holidays in the Sun” and “Bodies”, which were written by Cook, Jones, Rotten and [Sid] Vicious. Besides, Gun is based on the book by Steve Jones Lonely boy. “
The statement also noted that, contrary to Lydon’s implication that the TV show was launched against him, the singer was told of the Gun series and proposed meetings with the directors of the show. “The majority rule agreement existed as a result – so no outside party could dictate the use of the band’s music,” the statement said. “And to have a mechanism in place if a member unfairly blocks the decision-making process – that’s what happened in this case.”
Lydon has already commented on the new statement. “When they say I was informed, they don’t certify a date.… Double-sided hypocrites,” he said on Hello Great Britain. “How are you going to do a punk documentary without, I hate to be pretentious about it, without Mr. Rotten?”