John Lydon Blocks Sex Pistols’ Songs Being Used in 'Nonsense' Disney Series
'I so morally heart and soul disagree with without any involvement'
Iconic Sex Pistols singer John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, has blocked his band's songs from being used in an upcoming Disney-backed TV series, calling it “nonsense.”
Lydon also recently blocked his groundbreaking anti-establishment anthem, “God Save the Queen,” from being used in Netflix’s royal drama The Crown.
Bandmates guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook are now suing Lydon due to his refusal to allow the song to be a feature in the Disney-backed series, Pistol, which is based on Jones's memoir.
“I don’t understand how Steve and Paul think they have the right to insist that I do something that I so morally heart and soul disagree with without any involvement,” Lydon said during a hearing at the High Court in London.
“This is my life here."
"This is my history," he stated.
"I didn’t write these songs [for them] to be given off to nonsense.”
Lydon said the songs could not be licensed without his consent.
However, Cook and Jones argue that a 1998 agreement allows a decision to be based on a majority.
But Lydon said the agreement had never been used, and the decisions are always made unanimously.
Lydon added that Jones painted him in a bad light in his memoir, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.
He also called the series “disrespectful,” according to a report by Associated Press.
But Jones argues the TV series would not make Lydon look bad.
“I think there’s a lot of bands who resent each other,” Jones said last week.
He added that he was “upset” when Lydon’s manager blocked the band’s song, “God Save the Queen,” from appearing in Netflix’s The Crown.
“I was a big fan of the show and excited that our music was going to feature in it, so I was very upset when I found out that John’s manager had blocked it,” Jones lamented in a witness statement.
Last year, Lydon praised President Donald Trump for standing up to the biased media.
The singer said Trump's attacks on the media were justified because they personally attack him.
“I mean, from day one, I remember like CNN were b***hing about Donald Trump’s tie length. ‘Oh, look at that length, that’s obviously indicating something,’” Lydon said.