(AP) — Former Sex Pistols
singer John Lydon
said Wednesday that he is “heart and soul” opposed to the use of the band’s songs in an upcoming television
drama about the pioneering punk
band, dismissing the series as “nonsense.”
Lydon, formerly Johnny Rotten
, is being sued by guitarist Steve Jones
and drummer Paul Cook, who want the songs to appear in “Pistol,” a Disney-backed series based on Jones' memoir
Lydon claims that the songs can't be licensed without his permission, but Cook and Jones claim that a 1998 agreement allows for a majority decision.
During a hearing at London's High Court, Lydon stated that the agreement had never been used and that the band had always made unanimous decisions about its music
“I don’t understand how Steve and Paul believe they have the right to insist on something that I so morally heart and soul disagree with without my involvement,” he said.
He claimed that his former bandmates were demanding that he "sign
over the rights to a drama documentary
that I am not allowed to see."
“That smells like slave labor
to me,” he said.
Danny Boyle, the Academy Award-winning director of "Trainspotting" and "Slumdog Millionaire," is directing "Pistol," which is being produced by Disney subsidiary FX.
The Sex Pistols, who formed in London in 1975, energized and scandalized the British
music scene with songs like "God Save the Queen" and "Anarchy in the United Kingdom
The band disbanded in 1978 after only one album was released
, and bassist Sid Vicious
died the following year; however, the surviving members have reunited for several concerts, most recently in 2008.
Cook stated on Tuesday that his and Jones' legal action against Lydon meant the Sex Pistols were likely "gone for good."
Lydon has previously claimed that Jones portrayed him negatively in his book
and that the TV series was “disrespectful.”
“This is my life here; this is my history
,” he said on Wednesday, adding, “I didn’t write these songs (for them) to be given away to nonsense.”