October 11, 1987 |
* * * * "HAPPY?" Public Image Ltd. Virgin. If you've followed any part of John Lydon's career from the Sex Pistols on, you know the answer to this album's title question. "Get out of my world," Lydon squalls in the opening song, "Seattle." In "Angry," he later avers, "No excuse, you are no use." At every turn it's as if he's threatening to chuck it all and go into total isolation because the world just isn't good enough for him.
May 21, 1989
John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten) claims a common misconception about him is that he's nasty (Kristine McKenna's May 14 article, "The World According to . . . John Lydon"). Then he goes on to insult Sting, Peter Gabriel and Bruce Springsteen, calling them "compulsively greedy people" who hog the spotlight by participating in benefit concerts. It's easy to see why so many people have that "misconception" about Lydon. LORI SHMULEWITZ Santa Barbara
June 3, 1989
I read with sadness the letters you printed in reaction to the interview (with) John Lydon ("The World According to . . . John Lydon " by Kristine McKenna, Calendar, May 14). I think Lydon is grossly misunderstood. His message to me is one of hope and productive change. (He calls for) intelligent scrutiny of the pop music establishment, which is overfed, greedy and self-congratulatory. If the folks who dislike Lydon are insecure about their own pop heroes, then they argue Lydon's point for him and validate all that he stands for. Without apology for his caustic manner and the lame records he makes, the man is a gentleman, a scholar and unquestionably one of the most valuable philosophical voices on pop culture and music of our time.
April 18, 1992
"If there is a difference between me and most of what you call my peers, it's that they don't actually know what they're doing anything for--other than some vague idea of popularity. . . . I use this as much as a cleaning process of my own psyche as anything else, because that's what it's all about." --John Lydon, Public Image Ltd. singer, in the Baltimore Sun.
May 28, 1989
A reply to Brian Harpster's May 21 letter, in which he implies that rock performer John Lydon's opinions are worthless: In the mid-'70s, Lydon and the Sex Pistols helped change the face of rock music. Since then, he and his band, Public Image Ltd., have consistently proven their relevance. That is why I care what Lydon has to say. Why does Brian Harpster think we care what he says? JENNIFER M. SIMPSON Upland The fans love John--his music anyway--nasty or not. TERESA DUFFY Shadow Hills