Sex Pistols To Re-Release “God Save The Queen” Single

The Sex Pistols will be re-releasing “God Save The Queen” on May 27 ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The single was originally released in 1977 around the time of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and the controversy surrounding it led to the band being dropped by A&M. The label also destroyed 25,000 copies of the single, making the remaining copies rare collectibles. After the group were dropped by A&M, they signed with Virgin Records to officially release the track. Despite being banned by the BBC, it reached No. 1 on the U.K.’s NME chart. It also hit No. 2 on the U.K. Singles chart, but rumors suggest that the ranking was manipulated to keep it off the top spot. The A&M version of the reissue will include the b-side “No Feeling” and it will be limited to 1,977 copies. The Virgin Records version will include the b-side “Did You No Wrong” and it will be limited to 4,000 copies.

Watch Trailer For New Sex Pistols Limited Series “Pistol”

A new trailer has been shared for the upcoming Sex Pistols series “Pistol.” The six-episode show, which is based on guitarist Steve Jones’ memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol,” will debut on May 31. Fans in the U.S. will be able to watch the series on Hulu, while fans in the U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore will be able to watch it on Disney+.

“Sex Pistols: The Original Recordings” To Be Released In May

A new Sex Pistols compilation, titled “Sex Pistols: The Original Recordings,” is set to be released on May 27. The effort will feature 20 tracks that were recorded between 1976 and 1978.

“Sex Pistols: The Original Recordings” Track Listing:

01. “Pretty Vacant”
02. “God Save the Queen”
03. “Bodies”
04. “No Feelings”
05. “I Wanna Be Me”
06. “Anarchy in the U.K.”
07. “Submission”
08. “No Fun”
09. “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone”
10. “Holidays in the Sun”
11. “New York”
12. “Problems”
13. “Lonely Boy”
14. “Silly Thing’
15. “Something Else”
16. “C’Mon Everybody’
17. “Satellite’
18. “Did You No Wrong”
19. “Substitute’
20. “My Way”

Unsurprisingly, John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) has already taken issue with the compilation. He posted the following statement on Facebook:

“Universal Music Group have announced the release of a new Sex Pistols compilation entitled ‘The Original Recordings’. For the avoidance of any doubt, John Lydon has not approved this compilation and does not endorse or support it. He has not approved the artwork or tracklisting.

He and his team were not involved in producing this compilation and consider it substandard compared to previous Universal releases since 2012.”

Release Date Revealed For Sex Pistols’ New Limited Series “Pistol”

“Pistol,” the six-episode limited series based on Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones’ memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol,” is officially set to debut on May 31. Fans in the U.S. will be able to watch the show on Hulu, while fans in the U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore will able to watch it on Disney+.

The series was directed by Danny Boyle and written by Craig Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce. Jones, Boyle and Pearce also serve as executive producers on the series alongside Gail Lyon, Anita Camarata, Tracey Seaward, Paul Lee, Hope Hartman, and Wiip. Boyle commented:

“Imagine breaking into the world of ‘The Crown’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent. This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever. It is the detonation point for British street culture…where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion…and everyone had to watch and listen…and everyone feared them or followed them. The Sex Pistols. At its center was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac — a hero for the times — Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.”

Further information was also shared [via Blabbermouth]:

“Anchored by Jones’s memoir, which offers a fascinating new perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories, “Pistol” moves from West London’s council estates, to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of “Never Mind The Bollocks”, which is frequently listed as one of the most influential albums of all time. Their single “God Save The Queen” was banned by the BBC and reached No. 1 on the U.K.’s NME chart, but appeared at No. 2 on the official U.K. singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot. For the only time in chart history, the track was listed as a blank, to avoid offence to the monarchy.

“Pistol” stars Toby Wallace (“Babyteeth”, “Acute Misfortune”) as Steve Jones, Anson Boon (“Crawl”, “1917”, “Blackbird”) as John Lydon, Louis Partridge (“Enola Holmes”, “Medici”) as Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Fabien Frankel (“The Serpent”, “NYPD Blue”) as Glen Matlock, Dylan Llewellyn (“Derry Girls”) as Wally Nightingale, Sydney Chandler (“Don’t Worry Darling”) as Chrissie Hynde, Emma Appleton (“The Witcher”, “Traitors”) as Nancy Spungen, and Maisie Williams (“Game Of Thrones”) as punk icon Jordan.”

Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols) Revealed As The Jester On “The Masked Singer”

Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten has officially been revealed as The Jester on Fox’s “The Masked Singer.” The judges were unable to identify the vocalist, but he eventually revealed himself after performing covers of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” and Soggy Bottom Boys’ “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow.”

Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten Loses Legal Battle To Stop Band’s Music From Being Used In “Pistol” Miniseries

Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook previously filed a lawsuit against singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) over the right to use the band’s music in “Pistol,” a new miniseries based on Jones’ memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.” Now, it has been revealed that Lydon has officially lost the legal battle.

Jones and Cook’s lawyer Edmund Cullen previously told a judge at the High Court in London that the band have an agreement that allows them to use songs on a “majority rules basis” and that they have the support of bassist Glen Matlock and the estate of the late Sid Vicious. However, Lydon claimed that the agreement had not been applied since it was signed more than two decades ago and that “all decisions” regarding the band’s music and imagery had to be “unanimous.”

Despite Lydon’s assertions, Judge Sir Anthony Mann ruled that the contract is valid and active. He also mentioned that the frontman “had actually signed away his power to control the use of music rights” to publishing and music companies like Warner Chappell Music and BMG and that he retained “only qualified rights of approval which could be overridden if he was being unreasonable.” The judge also added:

“It may be that those companies, for their own reasons, chose to seek his permission from time to time, but ultimately they could act as they saw fit.”

Jones and Cook also issued a statement to the Press Association:

“We welcome the court’s ruling in this case. It brings clarity to our decision-making and upholds the band members’ agreement on collective decision-making. It has not been a pleasant experience, but we believe it was necessary to allow us to move forward and hopefully work together in the future with better relations.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten Likens Agreement He Signed With Other Members To “Slave Labor”

As previously reported, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook have filed a lawsuit against singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) over the right to use the band’s music in “Pistol,” a new miniseries based on Jones’ memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.” Now, Lydon has fired back by referring to the band’s 1998 agreement as “a total trap or prison” and likening it to “slave labor.”

Jones and Cook’s lawyer Edmund Cullen previously told a judge at the High Court in London that the aforementioned agreement allows members of the group to use songs on a “majority rules basis” and that they have the support of bassist Glen Matlock and the estate of the late Sid Vicious. However, Lydon claimed that the other members of the band needed his permission to use their music. His lawyer Mark Cunningham also noted that Jones’ memoir portrayed the singer “in a hostile and unflattering light.”

Lydon has since commented further during a court appearance today (July 21):

“I care very much about this band and its reputation and its quality control and I will always have a say if I think anything is being done to harm or damage [it].

I don’t want anything I’m involved in to victimize any one of us. It would destroy the whole point and purpose of the band and so I don’t understand the [bandmember agreement]… I don’t remember signing it.

You can’t let your history be rewritten for us by a complete stranger with no interest in it. This is my life here. This is my history. I didn’t write these songs [for them] to be given off to nonsense.”

According to BBC News, the frontman also added that the agreement had not been applied since it was signed and that “all decisions” regarding the group’s music and imagery were previously made with “unanimous” agreement. He continued:

“I don’t understand how Steve and Paul think they have the right to insist that I do something that I so morally heart-and-soul disagree with without any involvement.

My fear is that they’re demanding that I agree to sign over the rights to a drama documentary that I am not allowed any access to.

I don’t think the [bandmember agreement] applies. I didn’t ask for this court case, it was brought to me, so I will naturally defend myself.

There is no point in me being here or ever was if it is the case that I can just be completely outvoted by the vested interests of all in one management camp.”

Earlier this week, Cook also told the court that the group had “always wanted to work harmoniously,” but were forced to take legal action against Lydon, so their music can be used in the aforementioned series. He went on to say that Lydon “can be a difficult character and always likes to feel that he has control.” Cook also added that the “majority rules agreement” was never used before because he “thought that [their] relationship with John would get worse” if they evoked it. He continued:

“Maybe Steve and I have been too nice to John over the years in trying to maintain good relations and that we should have been tougher.

I am unhappy that he would behave like this over an important personal project for Steve, particularly as we have always backed his personal projects.”

The news of the lawsuit broke after Lydon slammed the series, which he called “disrespectful.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Johnny Rotten Sued By Two Members Of Sex Pistols Over Song Rights

According to NBC News, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook have filed a lawsuit against singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) over the right to use the band’s music in “Pistol,” a new miniseries based on Jones’ memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.” This news comes after Lydon previously blasted the biopic, calling it “disrespectful.” Jones and Cook’s lawyer Edmund Cullen told a judge at the High Court in London that the band have an agreement that allows them to use songs on a “majority rules basis” and that they have the support of bassist Glen Matlock and the estate of the late Sid Vicious. For his part, Lydon says that the other members of the band need his permission to use the music. His lawyer, Mark Cunningham, also noted that Jones’ memoir portrayed the singer “in a hostile and unflattering light.”

Johnny Rotten Blasts Sex Pistols Limited Series “Pistol”: “I Think That’s The Most Disrespectful Shit I’ve Ever Had To Endure”

As previously reported, FX are producing a new series, titled “Pistol,” based on Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones’ memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.” However, singer John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, has now blasted the show calling it “disrespectful.”

Lydon said the following during an interview with The Sunday Times [via NME]:

“I think that’s the most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to endure. I mean, they went to the point to hire an actor to play me but what’s the actor working on? Certainly not my character. It can’t go anywhere else [but court].”

Lydon also claimed that director Danny Boyle never talked to him about “Pistol” even though the two previously met during preparations for the 2021 London Olympics opening ceremony. He also added:

“Sorry, you think you can do this, like walk all over me — it isn’t going to happen. Not without a huge, enormous fucking fight. I’m Johnny, you know, and when you interfere with my business, you’re going to get the bitter end of my business as a result. It’s a disgrace.”

It’s worth noting that a spokesperson for the “Pistol” production told The Sunday Times that Boyle did reach out to Lydon’s management company, but “ultimately direct contact was declined.”

As previously reported, the six-part series will feature: Toby Wallace as Jones, Anson Boon as Lydon, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Fabien Frankel as Glen Matlock, Sydney Chandler as Chrissie Hynde, Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen, and Maisie Williams as Jordan. Some pictures from the series have already surfaced and can be seen below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Limited Series Based On Sex Pistols Guitarist Steve Jones’ Memoir Coming To FX

A new series focusing on the Sex Pistols has been ordered by FX. The show, which is titled “Pistol,” will be based on guitarist Steve Jones’ memoir “Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.”

According to Variety, the six-part series is being directed by Danny Boyle and it will feature Toby Wallace as Jones, Anson Boon as Johnny Rotten, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Fabien Frankel as Glen Matlock, Sydney Chandler as Chrissie Hynde, Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen, and Maisie Williams as Jordan. Boyle commented:

“Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent. This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever. It is the detonation point for British street culture … where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion … and everyone had to watch and listen … and everyone feared them or followed them. The Sex Pistols. At its center was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac – a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.”

Production is expected to start in March.