Sex Pistol says it's all about family, community

Thu Jul 3, 2008 1:42pm EDT
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By Golnar Motevalli

LONDON (Reuters) - He and his band have been the scourge of the British establishment for decades, whether by swearing on television in an age when it still shocked or mocking the monarchy.

So it may come as a surprise to hear Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon, or Johnny Rotten as he is more commonly known, describe the punk music movement he helped pioneer as championing "family values."

"Family values, unity, spirit, community. All these things they try and steal away from us. That's punk," Lydon told Reuters in an interview this week.

"There's hardly any equipment on stage because a serious band don't require vast amounts of electronic gadgetry -- there's no fake, there's no nonsense," Lydon added at the London launch of a DVD of the Sex Pistols tour in 2007.

"The songs are as saucy and bawdy as everyone in Britain should always be. They're full of irony, fun and amusement."

The Sex Pistols are best known for hits like "Anarchy In The U.K.," "Pretty Vacant" and "God Save the Queen," all from their 1977 album "Never Mind the Bollocks ... Here's the Sex Pistols."

Despite being the band's first and only studio album, it is often named as one of the most influential in pop music history.


<p>Lead singer Johnny Rotten performs with the Sex Pistols at the Roxy bar in Los Angeles, October 25, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>