What better way to end the January theme of History in Rock than by the guy who was responsible for the destruction of rock.
On this day in 1956, John Lydon, (Johnny Rotten,) singer with the Sex Pistols was born.
The Sex Pistols had the 1977 UK No.2 single ‘God Save The Queen’ and 1977 UK No.1 album
‘Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols’.
The self-destructed, but not before taking everything that ever mattered in music with them. They destroyed the entire scene the second they entered it. And it was all real and all fantastic.
The Pistols were more than just a fashion statement or a political statement. They were out to destroy. It worked on all levels and the album delivered some of the best punk rock music ever recorded.
I love the album not only for the energy it produced, but the lyrics were astounding. Johnny Lydon was a brilliant satirist. Steve Jones an amazing guitarist. With the exception of the useless Sid Vicious, the Pistols were a tight band.
They came, they vomited, they left.
Rock was never the same.
Johnny Lydon went on to form Public Image Ltd who scored the 1983 UK No.5 single ‘This Is Not A Love Song’. They fell apart as well, but resurfaced a few times. Even recently released a new album. I liked it. Not so terrible. But I still think it’s over for them
My favorite pistols moment, and there are many, is the letter Johnny wrote to the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame when they tried to induct The Sex Pistols
Happy Birthday Johnny Lydon. You will always be Rotten to me.