John Lydon: ‘I’m absolutely oblivious to Band Aid 30’

The PiL frontman says he avoids all radio and TV to stay 'uncontaminated'

PiL frontman and former Sex Pistol John Lydon has said that he is “absolutely oblivious to Band Aid 30” and that he avoids all radio and TV.

Lydon delivered a state-of-the-nation ‘King’s Speech’ in the Christmas issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, in which he discusses the state of music in 2014 and the idea of charity singles.

“I’m absolutely oblivious to Band Aid 30. I avoid all radio and TV. Another charity? Gawd, just what the world needs,” he said. “All these charity events just seem to be glory-hunting. Somewhere in there there’s someone with good intentions, but the rest tend to be an awful lot of liggers. The message is always dissipated in these things.”


Explaining his avoidance of outside media, Lydon went on to say that he “prefer[s] the uncontaminated approach. That way I maintain that killer word of mine: integrity”.

Band Aid 30 had previously come under fire from a number of musicians including Damon Albarn and Lily Allen for projecting the wrong message about Africa.

Elsewhere in the address, Lydon also spoke about Ukip’s “subdued racism”, stating that their message is “deliberately jumbled”. “I don’t think Ukip are dangerous, but their message is deliberately jumbled, and therefore creating confusion. You don’t know what you’ll get if that lot get in. They’re just as power-hungry as the rest of them,” he said.

Lydon published his second autobiography, Anger Is An Energy, this year and is currently working on PiL’s forthcoming tenth studio album.


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