The Sex Pistols, who I thought had broken up again at some point, headlined the Isle of Wight festival last weekend and somehow confused being tolerated by a festival crowd with actual interest in their future musical output.
At some point, a 52-year-old man should have some idea that trying to drum up interest in your music by being coy/ridiculous isn’t cool anymore, right? Not in this case, clearly.
“It’s a nice rumour [that the band will record another album] and it might possibly be true we are attempting to,” he said. “It’s like all things Sex Pistols – it’s riddled in chaos.
“You know, who knows what the future will hold? Maybe no future. So far I’ve proved that wrong. I’ve got a splendid future.”
I’m sure Lydon has a splendid future ahead of him, but does it need to include actually recording music? The band’s one actual full-length drowning in a discography sea of live albums and compilations is a decent legacy, and the dozen or so Public Image Limited discs have few moments of interest as well. But, please, John, not another Sex Pistols album. Isn’t there another video game you can re-record a track for out there?
In the meantime, a look back at Lydon’s glory days of being generally irritating, from Tomorrow With Tom Snyder.