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John Lydon does not ‘endorse or support’ new Sex Pistols compilation

In a Facebook post, the former Sex Pistols frontman says the band’s new compilation album ‘The Original Recordings’ is ‘substandard’.

John Lydon has spoken out against the newly announced Sex Pistols compilation, ‘The Original Recordings’. Universal Music is set to release the record, which contains 20 of the band’s recordings from 1976-1978, on May 27.

Following yesterday’s announcement of the compilation, a statement was published on Lydon’s Facebook page denouncing the record.

“Universal Music Group have announced the release of a new Sex Pistols compilation entitled ‘The Original Recordings’,” the statement from the former Pistols singer reads.

“For the avoidance of any doubt, John Lydon has not approved this compilation and does not endorse or support it. He has not approved the artwork or tracklisting.

“He and his team were not involved in producing this compilation and consider it substandard compared to previous Universal releases since 2012.”

The compilation will drop just ahead of the premiere of the new Sex Pistols TV drama, ‘Pistol’ which is set to air on May 31.

“The furious, raging storm at the centre of this revolution are the Sex Pistols – and at the centre of this series is Sex Pistols’ founding member and guitarist, Steve Jones,” a synopsis for the series reads.

“Jones’ hilarious, emotional and at times heartbreaking journey guides us through a kaleidoscopic telling of three of the most epic, chaotic and mucus-spattered years in the history of music.

Lydon similarly refused to endorse the TV drama and was taken to court by his former bandmates Steve Jones and Paul Cook last summer after the singer refused to license the Sex Pistols’ music for inclusion in the show.

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