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Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten Calls Green Day “Turgid”


In a New York Times interview with John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols), the 62-year-old has hit out at Green Day.

Discussing the state of punk in 2018, John said: “It is embarrassing, really. How many bands are out there like Green Day now? I look at them, and I just have to laugh. They’re coat hangers, you know. A turgid version of something that doesn’t actually belong to them.”

John also then went on to refer to punk as a “caricature”, and rap as a “perfect backdrop to sell a pair of sneakers”. Hmmm…

This isn’t the first time John has lashed out at Green Day, saying in 2006: “Don’t try and tell me Green Day are punk. They’re not, they’re plonk and they’re bandwagoning on something they didn’t come up with themselves. I think they are phony.”

He also told Rolling Stone in 2015 that he has “never been a fan of them”. No shit…

Read the full interview New York Times chat here, and check out our recent interview with the Sex Pistols legend at this link.

John Lydon photo: Paul Heartfield

Posted on October 3rd 2018, 10:55am
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