Here in 2011, you would think that conflicts between members of pioneering punk rockers the Sex Pistols would be water under the bridge. Not so, judging by a recent interview with guitarist Steve Jones who calls former Pistols bassist Glen Matlock a "middle-class mommy's boy" while casting doubt on Matlock’s contribution to the Pistols songbook.
In an interview with girly mag Hustler and picked up by Britain’s NME, Jones says of Matlock, "As much as he likes claiming he wrote “God Save The Queen,” “Anarchy In The UK” and “Pretty Vacant,” at the time he hated the words, which John [Lydon a.k.a. Johnny Rotten] wrote. Glen's mom didn't like it… He was a bit of a middle-class mommy's boy, really, [and] Sid looked the part."
Matlock was one of the founding members of the Sex Pistols but was replaced by Sid Vicious in 1977.
Jones continues: “We wrote all the songs when Glen was in the band, but as far as the chemistry goes? I liked Sid… Glen's attitude? He was a bit of a wanker, to be honest with you. I'm tired of Glen Matlock saying he was the songwriter for the Sex Pistols. I co-wrote as many songs… but I don't go shouting about it.
"Every time I read it, it bugs me. If he was such a great songwriter, where are the songs after the Sex Pistols? It's just annoying."
I guess we won’t hold our breath for another Pistols reunion tour any time soon.