tried to work with these people the Hall of Fame
we did make a concerted effort to get things right, but they consistently
couldnt be bothered. But they can be bothered and
do go out of their way to employ people who have no real
grasp of reality. We have re-educated the Halls of Shame, many a time,
and theyve ignored the lot, and theyre still employing naff
Its exactly what I expected, which is why in all honesty I couldnt
recommend anyone going to that hall, or having anything to do with them,
because they just seem to be dependant on naff journalism. Is it deliberate,
I cant say. Journalists propagate their own myths and they stick
rigidly to them.
Its just lazy, lazy journalism from people who should know better,
and who do know better, AND have done no better! (laughs)
Im all for liberal politics but not for liberal with the truth!
Is this liberty? Are you at liberty to just be lazy with facts? Taking
liberties are not taken easily! (laughs)
Its lazy and flippant with the truth, and the same lazy attitude
that theyve had about peoples lives right from the very beginning.
Which is why I dont support the Hall of Fame. And that seems to
be the way they perpetrated us there. So you know, let them all hang their
heads in shame, because they got it wrong, yet again."
We go on to talk about the recent story in the UK press about the Brit
Music Awards, and how they want to give John and the Pistols a lifetime
achievement award in the hope it can bring a bit of Anarchy
back to the dull award show. However, it turns out they havent even
had the balls to contact John and quite rightly hes
not happy about it.
"I dont wanna know. And yet again, I can tell you this,
they havent approached us! Exactly the same scenario, they think
they can just come along and use us. Were not a prop. We were never
anyones prop, right! I never did this for awards, and never will.
I go along with what people vote. And thats corporate, so not interested.
If they find themselves in a dull arse predicament, its because
they didnt listen in the first place.
All they had to be was honest. Theyre just trying to gleam some
kind of creditability, but through the back door! And unlike them, Johnny
Rotten aint no backdoor Johnny! (laughs)
The British Music awards, theyve depended on arseholes for
so long, and now the only person they can really blame for getting the
music industry into a state of arseholes is themselves. Its
too late to come back here and go, Oh, help us out.
Theyre wasting their own time, and theyve been doing that
for a long time! (laughs) If theyre a lame duck its
not our fault. Sorry, if you think your country is a lame duck, dont
come back to me, I told you this a long time ago. (laughs)
I actually wrote something that meant something, and had a serious effect
on society as a whole, and way people viewed things. Thats a lifetime
achievement unlike any other pop band; and its not down to trivia.
It just isnt. So Im not interested. Just not interested."
Moving on to more important things, John tells us hes going to be
working with a museum in the near future. And might be about to bump into
an old acquaintance...
"The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is gonna put up an
exhibition and they want me to explain exactly what the lyrics of God
Save the Queen were about. Which is a good opportunity to actually
get something right. They came to us, so I have a sense
of responsibility towards that. But when you try to sneak it and squeak
it through the newspapers, it isnt gonna work.
Its a museum that I do actually have some respect for, actually
I love it. Been there many a time, its one of the highlights of
New York for me. Theyve gone and got the bloke who used to put on
exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert. Its a British thing involving
17th and 18th century rooms, English style, authentic. And theyre
gonna plonk a punk thing right in the middle of it; as the two sides of
British culture I suppose. With God Save the Queen
the song being exhibited as the penultimate punk statement, by
which all others fall by the wayside, you know. And quite right. Its
not silly words, and it takes a museum to realise this. A different approach
to say, the British music awards or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so
well interested in that.
I think its due to start May the 4th, but first Im gonna give
a little speech and theyre gonna broadcast that as you go in. You
turn on your little radios or whatever. Then later on that evening its
a fundraiser for a charity. It sounds very good, sounds like a huge
The fun of that night will be that Vivienne Westwood will be in the
building! Yapping on about what a genius she is. (laughs) The problem
for her will be that there will be an exhibition involving a real genius!
(laughs) A real person. And not just a few bits of cloth sewn together.
For me, its about the life you live, the words you speak, and the
values you hold. And not how many buttons can fall off a jacket you badly
put together! (laughs) And how much you charge for your supposed
genius. Loose seams and buttons!
Im gonna loan them MY original design, which was made
by Vivienne, of the tartan jacket which I wore on the first American
tour. The bondage pants fell apart years ago, they rotted actually. (laughs)
Quite literally rotted, but the jacket moth holes and all
is still in existence. I love that tartan. Ive never
been able to get the tartan to do it again."
As you no doubt saw from Johns piece on the site last week, congradulations
were in order. And he is now looking forward to Arsenals upcoming
match with Villarreal in the Champions League. It looks like Arsenal have
a good chance to reach the final?
"Well, they do what they do, and thats it. Theyve taken
on two of the best teams in Europe [Real Madrid & Juventus]. Its
a shame, because I tell you, every Arsenal fan would have wanted to play
Milan or Barcelona before the final. Go for the fucking big guns, stop
piddling around, because youll lose your concentration with the
second division lot, theyll slip by you.
Arsenal is like a team now, the way Ive always loved them, is they
just love playing the game, and they dont particularly care about
the scoring side! (laughs) Its passing to each other and
having fun. Its great to watch, but fucking hell, its a nightmare
when you want to win!"
Rumours abound about the possibility of a Sex Pistols performance in
Japan, so what better way to find out the truth than from John Rotten
"Well, we got an offer, but it was no good. It was for a whole bunch
of gigs. But what I wanted to do and Ive spoken to
John Giddings on this the promoter for Solo, who I like a
lot was to just do one big gig in Japan. My original idea
was I wanted to do it on the day of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, like
two fingers up, but that was a bit childish on my part.
Id like to do one gig in Japan, live TV, and not bother with a whole
tour because theres no need for it. And Ive got too many other
things to do. All of us have other work obligations now. Steve and his
radio and whatever, and thats important, you know? We would do a
gig for fun. For fun. And funds! (laughs) I like my fun funded!
And you can quote me on that! (laughs)
Like I said, it would be a possibility if its one gig with a possible
TV broadcast. Then its special. It would be like a thank you present.
Any other way, no. Not particularly interested, certainly not going to
go out touring. If I do, Id go out solo. But yet again, what have
I got to thank the British music industry for? Theyre murdering
us, you know? Theyve spent like nearly 30 years pretending were
arseholes, and now they need our arses! (laughs) Well, you can
tell them theyre not our hamsters (laughs). That one will
The Horses Mouth.
April 8th 2006.