Watch John Lydon Lose It At Marky Ramone: “This Daft C**t Was Into F**king Drugs!”
Lydon’s astonishing attack came during a live panel discussion at SIR Rehearsal Studios in Los Angeles, where he and Marky were joined by Henry Rollins, Duff McKagan, Machine Gun Kelly, L7’s Donita Sparks and fashion designer John Varvatos to discuss the meaning of punk rock itself.
The all-star event was held to launch a new series called Punk which was co-produced by Varvatos and Iggy Pop and which will air on US cable channel Epix.
The conversation became heated when Lydon and Marky clashed over the empowering quality of punk.
“Punk music for me was positive, proof positive, that we could change our lives by music, meaning what we said. Attack the political systems. This daft cunt…” said Lydon, pointing at Ramone. “…is into fucking drugs!”
“You talked the talk but you didn’t do the walk,” countered Marky. “Just like The MC5.”
“Shut up! You tattooed twonk. Look at ya! You look like a heavy metal fucking reject!” stormed Lydon. “The MC5 were the harder band!”
“Sit the fuck down!” retorted Marky.
The entire extraordinary exchange was captured by Sum 41’s Dave Baksh, who posted a short film of it on his Instagram account:
“If it wasn’t for the fucking Ramones, you’d be nowhere!” stormed Marky during the same session. “You’d be doing fish and chips or something like that.”
“Listen, I love the Ramones,” concluded Lydon. “But I love Status Quo more.”
This is, of course, not Lydon’s first explosion at a popular punk band. Last year, he went on a tear and described Green Day as “a turgid version of something that doesn’t actually belong to them.” That said, while these public outbursts do not make John a very sympathetic figure, they speak well of his ability to voice a cartoon mutant pig.
The feud, we presume, is to be continued….