Note To John Lydon: No One Wants A New Sex Pistols Album

Jun 17th, 2008 // 9 Comments

stillrottenbutinaslightlydifferentmannernow.jpgThe 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.

Sex Pistols hint at new album after Isle of Wight appearance [NME]

  1. natepatrin

    Lydon’s still a bigger peckerhead than Kanye West, and punks are still the new hippies.

  2. Anonymous

    The window for this passed, like, 10 buildings ago. Rotten, please enjoy your legacy and go lie down.

  3. Tenno

    Anarchy is good for the wallet.

  4. FionaScrapple

    I’d much prefer a new PiL album.

  5. Dick Laurent is dead.

    @FionaScrapple: Truth. I’d rather he be locked-up in a studio for a year with a suitcase full of drugs and dub records rather than hear a 2009 re-tread of tired sub-metal riffing.

  6. KikoJones

    @Dick Laurent is dead:

    Agreed. That could be really cool.

    As for a new Sex Pistols album, I would’ve been more receptive to it in 1996, when they reunited and it was–at the time–surprising and unexpected. At this point, they’ve become such a touring commodity that they’ve even played casino gigs (!) so it’s one big yawn now. I’d be curious to hear what cool riffs Jones has stockpiled in recent years but judging from his other projects–Chequered Past, Neurotic Outsiders, his solo ablums–it’s best to just let things be.

  7. Captain Wrong

    @natepatrin: Punks have been the new hippies for at least ten years. And Ye vs. Rotten? Let’s call it even.

  8. Lax Danja House

    Now that they’ve influenced thousands of other, actually tolerable, bands, would it be too much to ask for them to unrecord their existing discography rather than adding to it? Legitimate question.

  9. DJorn

    @FionaScrapple: YES! Lydon, Wobble, Levine! Anybody on drums, even a machine. I’d listen to anything that lot put out.

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