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    FX Orders Series Based on Sex Pistols Guitarist Steve Jones

    LOS ANGELES and LONDON, January 11, 2021 – FX has ordered Pistol, a six-episode limited series about the legendary Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, it was announced today by Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment.

    Based on Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, the series from Academy Award(R)-winner Danny Boyle, who will also serve as Executive Producer and director, was created by Craig Pearce and written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

    Jones, Boyle and Pearce serve as Executive Producers alongside Gail Lyon, Anita Camarata, Tracey Seaward, Paul Lee, Hope Hartman and wiip. Boyle is represented by WME and Sue Rogers of Independent. The series is produced by FX Productions and is set to begin production on March 7.

    “It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series,” said Grad. “Steve Jones was at the center of the storm that shook the rock establishment and we’re thrilled to have Danny and the rest of the creative team tell his story as a member of one of music’s most notorious bands – the Sex Pistols.”

    “Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent,” said Boyle. “This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever. It is the detonation point for British street culture…where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion… and everyone had to watch & listen… and everyone feared them or followed them. The Sex Pistols. At its center was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac – a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.”

    “The Sex Pistols changed music forever and Danny Boyle is the perfect director to tell Steve Jones’ story fueled by raw creativity and destruction,” said Paul Lee, CEO wiip. “We’re thrilled to be making this with our friends at FX.

    Anchored by Jones’ memoir, which offers a fascinating new perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories, Pistol moves from West London’s council estates, to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of Never Mind the Bollocks, which is frequently listed as one of the most influential albums of all time. Their single “God Save the Queen” was banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK’s NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot. For the only time in chart history, the track was listed as a blank, to avoid offence to the monarchy.

    Pistol stars Toby Wallace (Babyteeth, Acute Misfortune) as Steve Jones, Anson Boon (Crawl, 1917, Blackbird) as John Lydon, Louis Partridge (Enola Homes, Medici) as Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Fabien Frankel (The Serpent, NYPD Blue) as Glen Matlock, Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) as Wally Nightingale, Sydney Chandler (Don’t Worry Darling) as Chrissie Hynde, Emma Appleton (The Witcher, Traitors) as Nancy Spungen, and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as punk icon Jordan.
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    I find a lot of the Sex Pistols thing kind of annoying Spice Girls with spitting and Sid Vicious was a prick but the people involved in making this means that it will almost definitely be good.
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    Sid might have been less of a prick if they had managed to get him away from Nancy & heroin. Hell, he could actually play the bass when he wasn't smacked up.....


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    This soundcheck from the Pistols Winterland show in SF (last of the 78 US tour) is more proof that Sid could actually play when he wasn't riding the "horse". Even when Rotten yells at the soundman to "turn Sid down", he was referring to the backing vocals being too loud in the mix. At one point Sid even leads off a Ramones song. Jones & Cook join in.... Rotten is not pleased - he never liked the Ramones!



    Compare this with Sid's wasted sloppy playing at the actual gig later that night.

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    Jones & Rotten radio from 2006. Talking about the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, and of course the "good old days"....


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    I keep thinking of this skit while reading this thread...
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    Fred Armisen is a "punk" in the same sense that Sammy Hagar is a "lyricist".

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    The difference is that Fred is in on the joke...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD View Post

    I never realized until now that Grundy was a bit drunk and usually was.

    Not that he was ever on my radar but I'd seen the clip a few times before but without the context.

    I was only a kid at the time but it was a really huge fucking deal for that to happen on TV back in those days.

    Then again this is over 25 years before the distant brief image of a human nipple at the Super Bowl nearly ended the fucking world as we know it...
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