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Steve Jones: "Could We Have Ended Up Like U2?"
« on: January 12, 2017, 09:49:09 AM »
Pretty interesting article about The Sex Pistols and what Steve Jones has been up to. Naturally, our favorite band gets a few mentions as well. ;)

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Re: Steve Jones: "Could We Have Ended Up Like U2?"
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2017, 01:25:15 PM »
Based on the article, I'm not even sure what that means, but don't think for one minute that any member of the sex pistols wouldn't trade places with a member of U2 in a heartbeat. It's just really easy for someone who burned out after a few years and then disappeared to whine about the successful artist who continued on for 40 years warts and all.

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Re: Steve Jones: "Could We Have Ended Up Like U2?"
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2017, 01:53:27 PM »
I've read it as a compliment about the band. Other's will read it as relief that they ended when they did.

Steve Jones and John Lydon tell the truth. When they toured a couple of years ago they said they had no problem doing it, but they were very clear they were doing it for the money. I think Jones and Lydon wouldn't have an issue with U2, but they would have an issue with the pretentiousness of Bono... I used to get annoyed when people hassled Bono... but I'm afraid to say he has turned into what he was accused of. His stuff that he does just seems so calculated and cringeful... which reached peak-cringe during th Paris I&E DVD of the fans getting on stage, and then simply was beyond embarrasment with that weird performance during City of Blinding Lights.

Just play the music, don't try so hard... it looks silly.

So Jones, I think, if that had been explored further would have likely said that ending up like U2 would be both a good thing to strive for and a bad thing based on the pretentious behaviour of Bono (and I'm not talking about the extracurricular stuff he does). By all things holy, what's with 30 people on a stage wearing a mask during Walk On?

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Re: Steve Jones: "Could We Have Ended Up Like U2?"
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2017, 01:55:09 PM »
Of couse a member of the Sex Pistols is going to rip on U2.

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Re: Steve Jones: "Could We Have Ended Up Like U2?"
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2017, 02:35:41 PM »
I never took it as an insult but rather a rumination on whether the band could have sustained the career that someone like U2 has had.

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Re: Steve Jones: "Could We Have Ended Up Like U2?"
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2017, 02:56:54 PM »
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I never took it as an insult but rather a rumination on whether the band could have sustained the career that someone like U2 has had.

I took it exactly like this as well

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Re: Steve Jones: "Could We Have Ended Up Like U2?"
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2017, 03:50:03 PM »
I read the whole article, no shape or form do I think he was ripping on U2.  Never entered my mind as I read it.

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Re: Steve Jones: "Could We Have Ended Up Like U2?"
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2017, 09:00:55 PM »
In the Bill Flanigan book U2 At the End of the World, he mentions John Lydon acting grouchy about U2 not giving credit to Keith Levine and early PIL for the guitar sound of The Edge. It came off less vitriolic and more that U2 didn't pay proper respects to their peers in the early days.

Lydon has ripped Bono's grandstanding in the past though.

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Re: Steve Jones: "Could We Have Ended Up Like U2?"
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2017, 08:22:34 AM »
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In the Bill Flanigan book U2 At the End of the World, he mentions John Lydon acting grouchy about U2 not giving credit to Keith Levine and early PIL for the guitar sound of The Edge. It came off less vitriolic and more that U2 didn't pay proper respects to their peers in the early days.

Lydon has ripped Bono's grandstanding in the past though.

Lydon is upset that he couldn't have it both ways; he couldn't be an arrogant, preening jerk who attacked everyone he came into contact AND be beloved the world over.

Who knew? LOL

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Re: Steve Jones: "Could We Have Ended Up Like U2?"
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2017, 03:11:04 PM »
It is true that Edge's early guitar sound is a complete carbon copy of what Keith Levene was doing two years earlier. When I first heard the track 'Public Image' and eventually the rest of the first PiL album, it reminded me so much of October I couldn't believe it!

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Re: Steve Jones: "Could We Have Ended Up Like U2?"
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2017, 03:27:06 PM »
I don't know Steve Jones well, but Lydon is a total $*!@$*!

He has criticized U2 so vociferously in the past that methinks one protesteth too much.

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Re: Steve Jones: "Could We Have Ended Up Like U2?"
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2017, 07:28:53 PM »
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I don't know Steve Jones well, but Lydon is a total $*!@$*!

He has criticized U2 so vociferously in the past that methinks one protesteth too much.

Lets just say his favourite word is on his guitar strap:

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Re: Steve Jones: "Could We Have Ended Up Like U2?"
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2017, 03:30:09 AM »
Can't see any problem in what Jones has said there.

What a legacy to have though with just 1 album....bands can and have recorded 10 albums and not got the legacy the pistols left with 1...

Noel Gallagher summed it up well when talking about never mind the bo****ks..."I made 10 albums and in my mind they don't match up to that, and I'm an arrogant b******. I'd give them all up to have written that, I truly would."
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Re: Steve Jones: "Could We Have Ended Up Like U2?"
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2017, 05:41:12 AM »
But... YOU DIDN'T!!!!  YOU DIDN'T END UP LIKE U2!!!!