Sex Pistols Singer Talks Kurt Cobain & John Lennon Similarities

Lucky old me got to interview one of my all-time favorite rock n’ roll frontmen, John Lydon of Public Image Ltd (and formerly known as “Johnny Rotten” when he fronted the legendary Sex Pistols), for the Songfacts site. During our chat, we discussed PiL’s recently released album, What the World Needs Now, its leadoff single/video, “Double Trouble,” and I asked his thoughts on a belief I have had for a long time concerning three specific gentlemen:

Songfacts: Something that I’ve felt strongly about for a long time is I think that there are three musicians who spoke their mind the freest about their beliefs in both interviews and their songs: John Lennon, you, and Kurt Cobain. Do you agree with that statement?

John: As far as I’m aware, Kurt wrote one really excellent song, called “Teen Spirit,” which I think is more than enough for anyone in a lifetime. Even writing one most perfect pop song is quite great, that.I don’t know the comparison of Lennon and me, that’s something Oasis brought up years ago. I think we’re all very different from each other, and long may we reign. I seem to be the only one left alive! But in my memory, there’s always a great place for John Lennon. Always. “Working Class Hero” and the album Imagine are highlights of my musical collection.

You can read the entire interview here, and PiL tour dates can be viewed by clicking your clicker here.

  • — J —

    1. Heroin
    2. Got shot
    3. ?????
    4. Wives Profited

  • Hwang Sunghyeop

    They have too much retards who just say shitty things just for fun.

  • Felonious Thunk

    I just bought an original vinyl copy of Never Mind the Bullocks recently. That album still rips, almost 40 years later. That’s all Lyndon ever needs to be considered a legend, in my book

  • Dana Dan?a Dandy

    Please connect to our activity. Sign the petition. We are an international community of people who want! Justice for Kurt! https://www.change.org/p/seattle-police-department-reopening-the-case-of-kurt-cobain-s-death

  • dakotablue

    So Johnny L is now not a brat to John L. and praises him! Wow, didn’t the Sex Pistols come out violently condemning the Beatles (and all other rock before them) at the beginning of their career?
    Pistols also made fun of old rockers trotting out the greatest hits, yet I saw Johnny a few years ago and he was doing exactly that, heavy on Sex Pistols, and seemingly bored out of his mind. Of course that’s been his schtick all along, too.
    Some of his/their songs are very great and still burn like fire!