The interview starts like this.
What are your memories of the Summer of Punk?
The Summer of Punk? What a meaningless and preposterous term. It sounds like some fool wants to put a compilation album out. I mean it’s all very well and good for you liars in the media. But I intensely dislike that term. It’s emotionally meaningless and historically untrue. An obnoxiously romantic tale on the reality we suffered.
It doesn’t get any better for the interviewer.
There is an argument, postulated by Uncut’s Simon Reynolds, that PiL [Public Image Ltd, Lydon’s band after the Sex Pistols split up] were a more important band than the Pistols. What do you reckon to that?
Whoever Simon Reynolds is he’s wrong. He has no knowledge of what happened back then and he dares to compare one aspect of my life with another. He shoves in his two bob’s worth of self important nonsense and expects me to applaud . Well, I’m sorry, but “No”! For me, the Sex Pistols were my first step in life and they were for countless others too. The Pistols were as important to me as when I fell out of the pram and learnt to walk.
They don’t make ‘em like that any more eh?