John Lydon has responded to losing his case to block the Sex Pistols’ music from being used in the upcoming Danny Boyle FX series Pistol.
Lydon originally attempted to veto the use of the band’s music, but his former bandmates Steve Jones and Paul Cook challenged the ability to override the three members’ voting. Lydon claimed that all members had the ability to veto, while Jones and Cook claimed that the approval was based on a majority rule (surviving bassist Glen Matlock relinquished his vote upon leaving the group in 1977).
“I am the lead singer and songwriter, frontman, image, the lot, you name it,” Lydon explained on his website. “I put it there. How is that not relevant? It is dumbfounding to me. It is so destructive to what the band is and so I fear that the whole project might be extremely negative.”
Lydon’s claims to have not known about the use of the band’s music until it was announced. According to Lydon’s legal team, “John Lydon did not ask for the recent proceedings. He was asked to allow the Sex Pistols works to be used without any prior consultation or involvement in the project. He took a stand on principle for what he sees as the integrity of the Sex Pistols legacy and fought for what he believed and continues to believe was right.”
“For more than 23 years the Sex Pistols have operated on the basis of unanimous decision making. The Disney production is the first time that the unanimous approach has been ignored.”
“How can anyone think that this can proceed without consulting me and deal with my personal life in this, and my issues in this, without any meaningful contact with me before the project is announced to the world,” Lydon concludes. “I don’t think there are even words that I can put forward to explain quite how disingenuous this is. As I said in the lyrics of ‘The Order of Death’, ‘This is what you want, this is what you get…’”
Pistol is going ahead with production, complete with the band’s music.