Sunday, February 26, 2006


A couple of weeks ago, it was Lydon taking aim at Green Day; now the former Sex Pistols are railing at another soft target: the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Having accepted the offer to be induced, the band are now refusing to go to the official induction ceremony - not, apparently, for any real political objection but because they would have had to have paid for a table at the event:

In a handwritten note posted on their website, they called the institution "urine in wine".

"We're not your monkeys, we're not coming. You're not paying attention," continued the statement.

The note further criticised the Hall of Fame for offering "fame at $25,000 if we paid for a table or $15,000 to squeak up in the gallery".

It further claimed that the money "goes to a non-profit organisation, selling us a load of old famous".

Of course, the organisers are delighted at this, because it's exactly the sort of thing they'd expect the tamest of tame punks to do. They can barely control themselves:

Executive director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, Susan Evans, said: "They are being the outrageous punksters they are, and that's rock 'n' roll."

The Hall of Fame has about as much to do with rock as the Liverpool Philharmonic; the Pistols have as much punk attitude as the WI. They really do deserve each other, and their own little attention-seeking love-in.

[Thanks to Jim McCabe]


Cary said...

hehe...John Lydon will never stop making an idiot of himself, will he?

As far as that Green Day thing goes, IMHO any authority Lydon had as a punk-rock figurehead was irretrievably lost when he wrote "This Is Not A Love Song," some, I don't know, 20 years ago

There's nothing uglier than an old, bored, jealous, punk has-been.

Besides, he never did convince me that the "Queen" wasn't no human "bean." ;)

Now that's quality lyric writing!

Eyetie said...

So despite their last tour being a sell-out (in more senses than one), they think that the Hall Of Fame isn't punk enough for them? Aren't The Ramones in there?
Like Lydon after that tour, that's a bit rich but, then again, it's like asking a wh0re to pay for the privilege of putting out.

And what is a punkster???

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