Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon feels left out. The band’s music would be featured in a Disney miniseries about the Pistols – without being asked.
London (AP) – Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has criticized a court ruling against himself in the dispute over the use of songs in a TV series about the legendary British punk band.
“I am the singer and songwriter, the leader, the symbol, all that, all,” said musician with stage name Johnny Rotten. “How can that not be relevant? It’s completely unbelievable. “He was concerned that the verdict would negatively impact the project, Lydon said in a statement Tuesday.
A London court ruled that Sex Pistols music could be used in the Disney-produced “Pistol” miniseries if the majority of the band agreed. The six-part series is based on guitarist Steve Jones’ autobiography “Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol” and is slated for release in 2022. Oscar winner Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”) directs the film.
The Sex Pistols were founded in 1975, but disbanded in 1978. Although the band released only one album in that short period – the punk classic “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols” – they have become one of the most influential groups in the history of music and are considered the pioneers of punk rock.
“How can anyone think this can be done without consulting me and without dealing with my personal life and issues without meaningful contact with me before the project was announced to the world,” said Lydon, 65. The approach is deeply hypocritical.
Guitarist Jones and drummer Paul Cook, who sued the singer, hailed the verdict. “It brings clarity to our decision-making and maintains the agreement of group members for collective decision-making,” they told the PA news agency.