Wednesday, May 12, 2010

John Lydon Takes On NPR


John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten of Sex Pistols fame, is currently on the road with his second band, a newly reformed Public Image Limited for their first North American tour in 18 years. I want to say that PiL and Lydon last galavanted around the States for one of MTV's 120 Minutes tours way back when, when I was too young to go?

In yesterday's edition (May 11) of All Songs Considered on NPR, Lydon joined host Bob Boilen for a chat about the reunion tour and the two also discussed some of his favorite songs, both PiL and non, and exchanged plenty of jabs. It was definitely one of the most entertaining podcasts I've heard on All Songs Considered in ages. Lydon was his usual spunky, surly self, but also quite endearing and funny.

"I love writing and making music and it's the be all and end all for me. Yes, I enjoy my Sex Pistols side but that's not the full schilling. There's a helluva lot more and Public Image is the most fulfilling thing I've ever done."

Listening to Lydon explain the stories behind songs like "Poptones," which is quite tragic, and "Rise" and "Disappointed" stripped away his signature snarky persona he typically plays up in the press. I was also surprised by his choice of favorites, like Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" and Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower." I suppose surprised is the wrong word, but I was more interested in how much of a fan of music Lydon still is. He's just like the rest of us (although I probably shouldn't say that because the man is in a league of his own) when it comes to consuming music. It was a fantastic listen!

On Wednesday (May 12), PiL's entire performance at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. will be webcast live on NPR beginning at 9pm ET.

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