Punk icon John Lydon called Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys a “silly sausage” in an interview on the station’s Today programme this morning (October 9).
Lydon, the singer in both the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd, appeared to take exception to his host when Humphrys said that the singer had failed to change society.
“You put an awful lot on me, don’t you?” said Lydon. “No, you silly sausage, I never, ever claimed that I wanted to change society. Society can remain the same ad infinitum if it wishes; it’s of no interest to me. I just don’t wish to to toe the line like the rest of you. I mean you no harm, so long as you don’t try to step into my space.”
Humphrys responded: “That’s the first time I’ve been called a silly sausage on air.”
Asked if he’d be interested in making a Sex Pistols musical, Lydon said: “No. It would involve rewriting the songs and I have no interest in revisiting my past. I don’t want a bunch of strangers gazing at my navel.”
Earlier in the interview, Lydon claimed “I changed the face of pop music at that time” when the Sex Pistols started. He said: “I was offering a more honest approach, a more sensible message. It was a direct assault on mediocrity.”
Lydon was promoting his new autobiography Anger Is An Energy, which was published today. Public Image Ltd play a one-off concert at London O2 Indigo on December 13.