“I was young, 21 years old, didn’t really have a clue about what was going on,” said Jonesy, speaking to TNT Magazine. “It was a time when no one had jobs and the country was a mess, pretty much like it is now. It’s like it’s gone full circle.”
The Sex Pistols both enthralled and terrified the British public when they lit the fuse for the London punk scene in the mid-Seventies. With Jones on guitar, Paul Cook on drums, and John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten out front, the band created a storm of controversy with their anti-establishment lyrics, profanity, and shocking punk image.
Matlock was ultimately ejected from the band and replaced by Sid Vicious. Vicious died from drugs shortly after the Pistols’ brief but incendiary career ground to a halt following a gig at Winterland in San Francisco.
However there is one common misconception about the Sex Pistols that apparently irks Jones to this day.
“The biggest misconception is that we couldn’t play. We were a tight band and we could play with the best of them,” said the guitarist. “The Who, The Beatles, or The Rolling Stones. People think we just went out there and made a racket.”
But Jonesy also clearly thinks its time the younger generation took up the musical torch once held aloft by his band.
“There needs to be a new band. There ain’t been a movement for a few years.”
“I’m tired of people just using us 35 years later as the ones who got up and said something about what was happening.”
Currently Jones is the host of Jonesy’s Jukebox, a weekly radio show on influential L.A. station KROQ.
The Sex Pistols meanwhile have just released a limited vinyl edition of their influential debut album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sexpistols. The two-disc set features colored vinyl – one pink and one yellow. Only 1,977 copies have been pressed, in order to commemorate the year the album was first introduced. Get yours here.
Jones also hinted that the possibility of a Sex Pistols reunion tour was not out of the question.
“I’m sure when someone needs a new motor or something, we’ll get out on the road.”