Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sex Pistols: Johnny Rotten slams Ozzy Osbourne

John Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten – remains as sharp-tongued at 55 as he was in his younger, more famous days.

And I don’t think it takes much, if anything, to set him off.

For example, while promoting “Mr. Rotten’s Scrap Book,” a new photo project detailing his life to date, Lydon let loose on Birmingham rocker Ozzy Osbourne, for some reason, during an interview in Ozzy’s hometown with the Sunday Mercury.

“Paranoid was one of the world’s greatest ever singles,” says Lydon, referring the 1970 Black Sabbath classic. “But since then, the rumors of biting pigeon heads really, really haven’t impressed me. Ozzy now acting like a senile delinquent is equally unimpressive. The sly innuendo of promoting drug abuse and catatonic stupidity offends me.”

“I’m not one for banning drugs,”
continued Lydon. “Quite the opposite. But I understand how to use them, and they don’t use me. Ozzy is clearly a victim, and selling that loser lifestyle s**t to other people equally victimizes them.”

“That’s a shame,”
adds Johnny. “Ozzy’s a working class man, like me, yet he allows that to happen. By acting like he does all the time, he implies that we’re all stupid, the working classes. But we’re not, you know. We’re not! We’re the proper Britain, us lot.”

Read more of Lydon’s interview at the Sunday Mercury here.

Black Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1970)

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