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“The biggest misconception is that we couldn’t play. We were a tight band and we could play with the best of them – The Who, The Beatles or the Rolling Stones,“ he says. “People think we just went in there and made a racket.

The truth is, when you get other bands trying to emulate the Pistols, they never do it right. It’s about the four guys who did the record, you can’t imitate it. Whenever we go on the road and do reunions, we’re tight. We’re a tight rock group.“

Talking of reunions, will there be one to support the remastered album? Jones doesn’t rule it out, although there has been tension between him and Matlock in recent years,

Jones accusing his bandmate of being a “wanker“ and a “middle-class mummy’s boy“ who takes too much credit for the songwriting on Never Mind The Bollocks.

“I’m sure when someone needs a new motor or something, we’ll get out on the road,“ he laughs. “I call John on his birthday.

Matlock, I don’t speak to. Cookie, I talk to every few months; he’s my oldest friend, known him since I was 10. We do our thing.“

Jones and co rose to prominence challenging a society living under a monarchy and he still has no desire to be part of it. Like many other members of rock royalty, he now calls LA home.

True to his punk roots, though, he’s never put down the guitar, jamming with everyone from the Chili Peppers to Johnny Depp over the years.

He also fronts a radio show on LA’s KROQ, will soon appear on TV show Californication and regularly turns out for Hollywood United, the city’s celebrity football team.

It’s not a bad life for a lad from Hammersmith who never felt wanted, but refused to give in. Still, it wouldn’t have been possible without Never Mind The Bollocks …

“I like the fact we only did one record and we were only around for three years. The fact that we had such an impact is an achievement in itself,“ he says.

“I was young, 21 years old, didn’t really have clue what was going on. It was a time when no one had jobs and the country was a mess, pretty much like it is now. It’s like its gone full circle.“

He hopes the reissue of his masterpiece will inspire a new Steve Jones to rise above their lot and make their voice heard, to challenge the government and lead an uprising that questions and pressures those in power.

“There needs to be a new band. There ain’t been a movement for a few years,“ he says.

“I’m tired of people just using us 35 years later as the ones who got up and said something about what was happening.

“There’s always certain bands and records that will appeal to people growing up and the Pistols are one of those bands that you’ve got to check out. That spirit, that ’punk’ ethos – hopefully, that’s the way people are thinking.“

Never Mind The Bollocks … Here's The Sex Pistols super deluxe box set is out September 24.

Follow Steve Jones @JonesysJukebox

Photos: Getty; Bob Gruen


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