Interview: Glen Matlock bring I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol show to 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This article is from 2014

Q&A with Glen Matlock ahead of his show I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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.

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Glen Matlock: I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol

Neil O'Brien Entertainment Glen was a founding member of the Sex Pistols and co-wrote most of their iconic songs. This is his personal tale of how the band formed, exploded onto the music scene worldwide and then disintegrated. A tale of growing up in a London long lost, of meetings with remarkable people, many of them…