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

Musician thrown out of band for 'liking The Beatles' talks us through his one-man words-and-music show


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

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.

The Sex Pistols

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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…


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