Sexpistols interview

The Sex Pistols' huge rise and calamitous fall

The Sex Pistols artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music. The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in They were Through an obscenity-laced television interview in December and their May single "God Save the Queen", attacking Britons' social. [Lead Photo by Duncan Bryceland]. By Andrew Parks. While it pains us to admit it​, we first heard Metal Box–Public Image Ltd.'s infamous canister of.

This interview is a transcript of Bill Grundy's interview with the Sex Pistols on December 1 , broadcast by Thames Television on the Today. What happened when the Sex Pistols appeared on the Bill Grundy . However, watching the interview it seems pretty clear that the Pistols. [Lead Photo by Duncan Bryceland]. By Andrew Parks. While it pains us to admit it​, we first heard Metal Box–Public Image Ltd.'s infamous canister of.

[Lead Photo by Duncan Bryceland]. By Andrew Parks. While it pains us to admit it​, we first heard Metal Box–Public Image Ltd.'s infamous canister of. The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in They were Through an obscenity-laced television interview in December and their May single "God Save the Queen", attacking Britons' social. The Sex Pistols artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music.






Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones right reflects on his life, as he releases his memoir, 'Lonely Boy. Interview guitarist has been considering his journey from interview Sex Pistol to grumpy old man a lot lately, as he worked on his recently released memoir, Lonely Boy.

He details a rough childhood, including being molested by his stepfather, and how that led to kleptomania, sex addiction and substance abuse. He recalls the highs and lows of touring with Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious, and explains how he and drummer Paul Cook picked themselves up again to sexpistols the power-pop-leaning post-punk group the Professionals. Popular on Rolling Stone. It just looks stupid. You had a rough childhood. What did you struggle with including in the book?

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I was driven to it for some reason. Kleptomania gave me something to do every day when I sexpistols up in the morning. It gives you a purpose for living in a weird way. Did you ever tell your mother about your stepfather? I did send a letter to my mom. My therapist at the time advised me to do it, so I explained in the letter what Sexpistols felt about it. She sent me a letter back in complete sexpistols. What are you talking about? When was the last time you spoke to her?

I tried to have a relationship with her when I interview sober. She was just cold. Did you ever get any sense of what she thought of the Sex Pistols? She never said. It was probably bittersweet because I was famous, but not famous in a good way. You talk to her about the intterview, and if you get any deeper than that, she shuts down.

Going back to your kleptomania, you wrote about it with a reserved fondness in the book. What strikes you as your most audacious criminal act? Would it be the Bowie heist, where you took gear right off his stage at the next-to-last Ziggy gig? He was kind of taken aback. You loved David Bowie at that time. Interview was just a way of being closer to the idols, I suppose. You met Bowie years later. Did you fess up to him then? I think he knew in some way or another that it was me.

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You had a difficult relationship with Johnny Rotten, but what was it that drove you all apart on the U. Just everything. It was Sid just being an idiot, just wanting to interviww high and not trying to play bass. It was John just … We just was all aexpistols in different directions. It was just a weird time, and just in two weeks — however long we was in the States.

Why did you think you could continue without him, when you and Paul Cook headed to Brazil after interview San Francisco show? I wanted to keep doing the movie. Did you think you could continue as a three-piece?

No, no. But we had no intention of getting another singer. How long was it after you got from Brazil that you and Lydon talked? It might have been years. Did watching what he went through ever make you question your own drug use? Not in any shape or form. Heroin was intrview perfect drug at that point. Sid could be very belligerent. Did you ever feel like he was putting you in danger? When we came to America, I would go sexpistols him to these cowboy bars and he was like a magnet to cowboys, just interview at him, and they would fight.

One time, me and him and one of the bodyguards that was assigned to be looking after us got into a fight at sexpistols bar in Texas or somewhere. What do you miss about him? He had a good sense of humor. He had a sweet soul. And I knterview he could have been a contender, you know? I think he could have been a star in his own light. He is in a way, but not being known for anything other than Sid Vicious. But he did have some talent. What do you remember about that?

Maybe Lemmy did, but I attempted to show him where to put his fingers. He tried at first. He really gave it his best shot. I would put bits interviwe tape where to put your fingers but … it was a pain in the ass. So he got by in some weird ways. That would have interview shambles. It bothered me intervuew he first joined the band because he was getting more attention than me, but now I look back and I can see why.

He was the perfect punk, if you will. He had the perfect look. He did outrageous things. He and his girlfriend ended up dead. You own his bass. Will you ever sell it? This year will be the 40th anniversary of Never Mind the Bollocks. Intervview strikes you about it when you listen to it now? When I do listen to it, I love it.

I do like the sound of it. The highlight of my Sex Pistols career was recording the album.

I just turned into a kleptomaniac and a sex addict. I was addicted to everything. It definitely pushed me to act out further. I was trying to fix a hole inside me. Most boys, when stuff like this happens, turn it into anger or frustration. When did you realize that the abuse led you to kleptomania and sex addiction? In therapy. I knew it was wrong, but nothing stopped me from doing it. I was driven to it for some reason. Kleptomania gave me something to do every day when I woke up in the morning.

It gives you a purpose for living in a weird way. Did you ever tell your mother about your stepfather? I did send a letter to my mom. My therapist at the time advised me to do it, so I explained in the letter what I felt about it.

She sent me a letter back in complete denial. What are you talking about? When was the last time you spoke to her? I tried to have a relationship with her when I got sober.

She was just cold. Did you ever get any sense of what she thought of the Sex Pistols? She never said. It was probably bittersweet because I was famous, but not famous in a good way.

You talk to her about the weather, and if you get any deeper than that, she shuts down. Going back to your kleptomania, you wrote about it with a reserved fondness in the book. What strikes you as your most audacious criminal act? Would it be the Bowie heist, where you took gear right off his stage at the next-to-last Ziggy gig? He was kind of taken aback. You loved David Bowie at that time. It was just a way of being closer to the idols, I suppose. You met Bowie years later. Did you fess up to him then?

I think he knew in some way or another that it was me. You took his microphones. I wish I had that little one, though, with his lipstick on it. You pulled off that heist in and used the gear yourself with the Pistols. Just how bad were they? A couple of them in the front looked green. They just looked rotten. It was no biggie, but I guess it stuck. It did. Lydon told me he was OK with it because it was funny. We were a very humorous band in our day. We took the piss out of everything.

You had a difficult relationship with Johnny Rotten, but what was it that drove you all apart on the U. Just everything. It was Sid just being an idiot, just wanting to get high and not trying to play bass.

It was John just … We just was all drifting in different directions. It was just a weird time, and just in two weeks — however long we was in the States. Why did you think you could continue without him, when you and Paul Cook headed to Brazil after the San Francisco show? I wanted to keep doing the movie. Did you think you could continue as a three-piece? No, no.

But we had no intention of getting another singer. How long was it after you got from Brazil that you and Lydon talked? It might have been years. Did watching what he went through ever make you question your own drug use? Not in any shape or form. Heroin was the perfect drug at that point. Sid could be very belligerent. Did you ever feel like he was putting you in danger?

When we came to America, I would go with him to these cowboy bars and he was like a magnet to cowboys, just looking at him, and they would fight. One time, me and him and one of the bodyguards that was assigned to be looking after us got into a fight at some bar in Texas or somewhere. What do you miss about him? He had a good sense of humor. He had a sweet soul. And I think he could have been a contender, you know?

I think he could have been a star in his own light. He is in a way, but not being known for anything other than Sid Vicious. But he did have some talent. What do you remember about that? Maybe Lemmy did, but I attempted to show him where to put his fingers. He tried at first. He really gave it his best shot. I would put bits of tape where to put your fingers but … it was a pain in the ass.

So he got by in some weird ways. That would have been shambles. It bothered me when he first joined the band because he was getting more attention than me, but now I look back and I can see why. He was the perfect punk, if you will. He had the perfect look. He did outrageous things.

He and his girlfriend ended up dead. You own his bass. Will you ever sell it? This year will be the 40th anniversary of Never Mind the Bollocks. Rotten: Oh yes! They really turn us on. Jones: But they're dead! Grundy: Well suppose they turn other people on? Rotten: [Under his breath] That's just their tough shit. Grundy: It's what? Rotten: Nothing. A rude word. Next question. Grundy: No, no, what was the rude word?

Rotten: Shit. Grundy: Was it really? Good heavens, you frighten me to death. Rotten: Oh alright, Siegfried Grundy: [Turning to those standing behind the band] What about you girls behind? Matlock: He's like yer dad, innee, this geezer? Grundy: Are you, er Matlock: Or your grandad. Grundy: [To Sioux] Are you worried, or are you just enjoying yourself? Sioux: Enjoying myself. Grundy: Are you? Sioux: Yeah. Grundy: Ah, that's what I thought you were doing.

Sioux: I always wanted to meet you. Grundy: Did you really? Grundy: We'll meet afterwards, shall we? You dirty old man! Grundy: Well keep going, chief, keep going. Go on, you've got another five seconds. Say something outrageous. Jones: You dirty bastard! Grundy: Go on, again. Jones: You dirty fucker! Jones: What a fucking rotter. Grundy: Well, that's it for tonight. The other rocker, Eamonn, and I'm saying nothing else about him, will be back tomorrow.

I'll be seeing you soon, I hope. I'm not seeing you [the band] again.