SEX GUNS leader John Lydon lost a legal battle over the right to use the band’s songs in the upcoming biographical miniseries about British punk legends.
“Gun” is a series of six episodes on SEX GUNS guitarist Steve Jones. It’s based on Jonesmemoirs of 2018 “Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Gun” and it is led by Academy Award winner Danny Boylewho is an executive producer and director.
Jones and old SEX GUNS drummer Paul Cook argued in court that an agreement they had signed with lydon meant that decisions on license applications could be determined on the “basis of majority rules”.
lydonfor his part, that the band members’ agreement had not been enforced since it was signed more than 20 years ago and that “all decisions” regarding the use of SEX GUNS the music and images had been made with “unanimous” agreement.
However, a judge ruled on Monday that the contract was valid and active, and that the majority of the group could override any member’s veto.
The judge, Mr. Anthony Mannalso pointed out that lydon “had in fact ceded its power to control the use of music rights” to publishing and music companies such as Warner Chappell Music and GMB.
lydon retained “only qualified approval rights that could be overridden if unreasonable,” the judge said.
“It may be that these companies, for their own reasons, chose to ask his permission from time to time, but ultimately they could do as they see fit.”
In a joint statement after the decision, Jones and To cook say it press association“We welcome the court’s decision in this case. It clarifies our decision-making and confirms the band members’ agreement to collective decision-making.
“It was not a pleasant experience, but we believe it was necessary to allow us to move forward and hopefully work together in the future with better relationships.”
Last month, To cook told the court that he and the other members of SEX GUNS had “always wanted to work in harmony” but were forced to file a complaint against lydon to allow the band’s music to be used in the TV show. He added that lydon “can be a difficult character and always likes to feel like he’s in control” and explained that the “majority rules agreement” had never been used before because “I thought our relationship with John would get worse when we used it.”
“Perhaps Steve and I was too kind to John over the years trying to maintain good relations and that we should have been tougher,” he said.
“I’m upset that he’s behaving like this about an important personal project for Steveespecially since we have always supported his personal projects.”
In April, lydon reacted to the publicity shots promoting “Gun”narrative The Sunday Times: “I think that’s the most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to put up with. I mean, they went so far as to hire an actor to play me but what is the actor working on Definitely not my character Can’t go anywhere else [but court].”
lydon also claimed that he was never contacted by Boyle in regards to “Gun” even though the two had met during preparations for the opening ceremony of the London 2021 Olympics.
He added: “Sorry, you think you can do this, like stepping on me – it’s not gonna happen. Not without a huge, huge fucking fight. I’m Johnny, you know, and when you interfere in my business, you’re going to have the bitter end of my business as a result. It’s a shame.”
A spokesperson for the “Gun” narrated production The Sunday Times that Boyle reached out to lydonfrom the planned series’ management company, but “in the end, direct contact was denied”.
“Gun” was created by Craig Pearce and written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Jones, Boyle and Pearce serve as executive producers alongside Gael Lyon, Anita Camarata, Tracey Seaward, Paul Lee, Hope Hartman and Wiip. The series is produced by FX Productions.
Anchored by Jones‘s memoir, which offers a fascinating new perspective on one of rock’s greatest stories, “Gun” moves from council estates in west London to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLarenfrom the famous Kings Road SEX store, to the international controversy that accompanied the release of “Never mind the bullshit”, 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 No. 1 on the UK NME chart, but appeared at No. 2 on the Official UK Singles Chart, leading to accusations that the song had been deliberately kept out of the top spot. For the only time in chart history, the track was listed as a virgin, to avoid offending the monarchy.
“Gun” stars Toby Wallace (“Babyteeth”, “Acute Misfortune”) as Steve Jones, Anson Boon (“Crawl”, “1917”, “Blackbird”) as John Lydon, Louis Partridge (“Enola Holmes”, “Medici”) as sid vicious, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Fabien Franck (“The Serpent”, “NYPD Blue”) as Glen Matlock, Dylan Llewellyn (“Derry Girls”) as Wally Rossignol, Sydney Chandler (“Don’t Worry Darling”) as Chrissie Hyde, Emma Appleton (“The Witcher”, “Traitors”) as Nancy Spungenand Maisie Williams (“Game Of Thrones”) as a punk icon Jordan.