John Lydon: "You Can't Hold Prejudices To Brick And Mortar"

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On Wednesday morning I had the pleasure of speaking with one John Lydon, the founding member of Public Image Ltd and the lead screamer of punk legends the Sex Pistols.

PiL -- that's what he calls it, never the full name -- released a new album This Is PiL earlier this summer. It's been getting great reviews and is worth a spin. They are just but one of the legacy acts playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin as well.

Lydon and I talked about numerous matters, mostly of the political nature since PiL will be touring the United States during October, while our presidential campiagn and electioneering will be coming to a full, frothy boil. You'll get to read all about his disgust with our system in a print piece running closer to their November 2 date at Scout Bar.

It was that date at the Clear Lake venue that I wanted to ask him about first off. He doesn't know the place from Adam obviously, so everyone's aggravation that PiL is playing a venue known more for metal and modern-rock acts is bewildering to him. .

When I tipped him off about the past week's wailing and gnashing of teeth over Scout Bar, he giggled. Messing with conceptions has always been his goal.

"You can't hold prejudices to brick and mortar. We have always said, don't hold prejudices. I try to mix and match with the best of them," said Lydon, speaking six hours ahead of me in Houston in his London home. Brussels sprouts are on the dinner menu tonight.

"Metal bands? That's fine. How many metal bands look to me as a founding influence? Quite a few!" he added.

From then we talked mostly about his distrust of the current U.S. political scrum. He calls himself a Californian these days after spending the better part of the past two decades on this side of the globe.



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18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston, TX

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8 comments
Houston Press Rocks Off
Houston Press Rocks Off

Mont Hoyt, I see your point, but he doesn't much talk about the Pistols, and personally I like PiL a lot more.

Houston Press Rocks Off
Houston Press Rocks Off

Jake Rawls, that was meant to be a bit cheeky. I think the freaking out is stupid myself. I go see Hank III out there all the time.

Adam Castaneda
Adam Castaneda

A lot of times these tours get booked through national booking agencies that are concerned about room size and payout. They have no idea about the club's proximity to Houston proper. I want to go but this may be a little too far.

Kelley Dellafave
Kelley Dellafave

Scout Bar?! Really?! Unless it's changed from douche bags in wheelchairs hopped up on too many pills to be drinking so excessively to League City and Precinct 8 stalkers waiting patiently under the Egret Bay bridge to entrap you, then you can break all the musical prejudices you want. Plenty others are already in place. lmao

Robert Medlin
Robert Medlin

There's just no way I can drive out to clear lake...THEN all the way back in the middle of the night. Since the Baroness show is cancelled, any chance they'll move it to Warehouse Live?

Jake Rawls
Jake Rawls

Is it really "Everyone's aggravation" or just a few annoyed hipsters that they have to got to a venue perpetually stuck in 2003? I'm going to it regardless of if it's at Scout or Fitz or the fucking Big Texas down the street from Scout. Methinks some people seriously need to get the fuck over themselves.

Mont Hoyt
Mont Hoyt

I would think the Sex Pistols deserves mentioning over PIL -

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