Billie Joe Armstrong Says The Sex Pistols Proved Punk Rock Wasn’t Massive

Talking about the Sex Pistols ahead of the next round of FX GunBillie Joe Armstrong said the band proved that punk wasn’t mainstream.

The Sex Pistols redefined what it meant to be a punk rock band, and Billie Joe Armstrong agrees. Before the premiere of the next series of FX Gunthe Green Day frontman weighed in on the impact the Pistols had on him and Green Day’s music for rolling stone.

Recalling memories of listening Never mind the bullshitArmstrong claimed that growing up he thought the Sex Pistols’ music was “just perfect”.

“The Sex Pistols killed punk before it had a chance to go mainstream at the time. What they had proven was that punk rock wasn’t for the masses,” he said. he declared.

According to Armstrong, the Pistols’ music helped a new generation reconnect with the gritty, rebellious, carefree aesthetic with which punk is often associated. Less showmanship, and more making music for fun.

“If you pick up the guitar to play punk rock music, it’s not for fame. You do this because it’s something that matters to you and it’s something that’s underground, and that was my first experience of being in a punk band with Green Day.

“And obviously with Green Day it was a completely different trajectory, but I have to say I didn’t predict that for us.” he said, adding that the Sex Pistols’ success and greater impact gave him hope for the future of punk rock.

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“It gives you the belief that music isn’t just there to be manufactured, commercial and consumerist. It’s there because people invest in their lives and reflect how they feel about the world and how they feel about themselves. he added.

It’s interesting for Armstrong to have weighed in on the matter, though, since Green Day and the Sex Pistols had been feuding for quite some time in the ’90s. But again, that makes perfect sense – because Johnny Rotten doesn’t is not a fan of the series in the first place.

During the Pistols’ “Filthy Lucre Tour” in 1996, Johnny Rotten said a huge motivation – besides the money-making nature of their reunion tour, of course – was to establish himself as the persistent and unique voice of punk. rock.

After making a joke about Green Day in an MTV interview, Lydon claimed the former were “copycats,” though he didn’t name them.

“And you settled for that, and you think that’s what it’s all about, Alfie.” Well, it’s not. It’s a bit more. It’s called content, which none of these third-rate outfits have. He said.

“There are no trashy little love songs in this outfit. Every lyric is a killing nail in the coffin of what you call the establishment. You love what you work for – MTV? Bye Bye. I think I said my part. Now fuck you!” he added.

Of course, news of Lydon’s outburst reached Green Day, prompting Armstrong to joke that the Sex Pistols might be threatened by Green Day’s popularity.

“It’s funny, because if it wasn’t for the Sex Pistols, maybe there wouldn’t have been a Green Day, but if it wasn’t for Green Day, the Sex Pistols wouldn’t have not made their big reunion tour. To each his own.” he said SPIN in an interview at the time.

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