As a famous fictional lawyer once said, “Either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” As far as punk fans go, that might now be the case for Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, who has made his affection for jazz-rockers Steely Dan clear.
Currently on the press trail for the new series directed by Danny Boyle Gun, Jones opened up on a number of topics. As Consequence of sound points out, a pair of recent interviews indicate that the guitarist’s musical preferences have changed over the past few decades.
Talk to The telegraph last week, Jones explained that he doesn’t particularly care about the work of his own pioneering band. “I don’t really listen to Pistols music anymore,” Jones said. “I’m really fed up, to be honest with you. I prefer listening to Steely Dan.
A few days later, Jones was again asked about the work of the Sex Pistols, this time by The Associated Press. The reporter inquired about the band’s track “God Save The Queen” and its renewed importance given Queen Elizabeth II’s upcoming platinum jubilee.
Jones remarked that while the dirt and fury of the Sex Pistols had its time, it mellowed somewhat in the years that followed. “I don’t particularly listen to punk rock anymore,” he said. “My musical tastes have changed a lot over the years, you know, and I’m 66. I am no longer a child. I think it would be kind of silly if I still flew under that flag.
He added, “I like Steely Dan. Is it bad?”