Interview: Glen Matlock bring I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol show to 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
- Fiona Shepherd
- 30 July 2014
This article is from 2014
Musician thrown out of band for 'liking The Beatles' talks us through his one-man words-and-music show
Glen Matlock was allegedly thrown out of The Sex Pistols for the crime of ‘liking The Beatles’. He busts this and other myths in his one-man words-and-music show I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol.
What did music mean to a teenage Sex Pistol?
It was an exit from the potential 9-to-5 world. ‘God Save The Queen’ was originally called ‘No Future’ because that’s what it seemed like in London at the time. We didn’t have a pot to piss in but that gave us a good spirit.
Where did it all go right?
We never followed the trend. Any success I’ve had has been because I ploughed a lonely furrow myself or with a few like-minded souls. I think it’s always best to stick out like a sore thumb.
Where did it all go wrong?
The punk thing came along and people just copied us. You can imagine notices going up in youth centres: we’re punks, we’re trying to form a punk band, we play punk music, by the way you must be a punk. It became very narrow.
Why go back?
It always surprises me that 35 years later somebody still wants to talk about it, but it really struck a chord.
Assembly George Square Gardens, 623 3030, 1–6 Aug, 7.30pm, £15. Preview 31 Jul, £9.