John Lydon Won’t Be Your Monkey… Unless You’ve Got Money. And Butter.

Two years after he faxed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame letting them know that he and the rest of the Sex Pistols wouldn’t be their monkeys, John Lydon cheerfully embraced the opportunity to shill for Country Life butter. Even better? This quasi-nationalistic explanation for his endorsement:

Lydon drew a great deal of criticism for his decision to appear in the ad, but he has been steadfastly unapologetic. “The advert was for a British product,” he told The Sun last year. “All Britain. Fantastic. We don’t seem to believe in ourselves as a country any more. And I found great empathy with that. Plus it was the most maddest thing to consider doing. I thought it was very anarchic of the dairy company to want to attach themselves to me. And they treated me with the utmost respect and I love them forever as it all allowed me to set up my record label and put out this record.”

God save the queen, right Johnny?

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24 Comments on "John Lydon Won’t Be Your Monkey… Unless You’ve Got Money. And Butter."

  1. Richard Vachel Lindsay | Jul 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm |

    “..I got you in the camera and I got you in my camera A second of your life ruined for life
    You wanna ruin me in your magazine
    You wanna cover us in margarine..”

  2. Woobniggurath | Jul 15, 2013 at 12:46 pm |

    …and her fascist sour cream!

  3. doodahman | Jul 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm |

    I Can’t Believe This Fucking Butter Is Endorsed By Johnny Rotten

  4. Next thing you know they’ll be selling Disinformation books on Amazon…

  5. Nathaniel Harris | Jul 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm |

    Gods. I think my ‘father’ might have made this advert. Anyway, here is some newer older news about Johnny Rotten.. REAL PUNKS KILL PAEDS.. and film the death for posterity.. or at least, they would like too.. Lol.. In this rare audio clip of a BBC interview, Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) said how he would like to have killed Jimmy Saville, and makes direct reference to the cover up of his crimes. The interview was censored before broadcast, but can now be heard on the re-issue of the first Public Image Ltd. album.It seems everyone in the BBC knew about Saville, but was too self interested to speak up. The BBC has been a veritable nest of abusers, enablers, and cocaine addicts, all snuggled up nicely with Military Intelligence, for decades.

    • Noah_Nine | Jul 16, 2013 at 7:20 am |

      it seems like everytime you post something it has to do with PAEDS…. if yr not careful you’ll grind that axe down to nothin….

  6. IMO, I think it was a great move by Lydon.
    He’s quite right that it’s a good thing the company was brave enough to put his name and face for the product.
    And lets not forget, this has nothing to do with royalty, John Lydon is pro British, not pro Monarchy.
    “… I love the monarchy, just not the one that’s in there, a German tourist with a Greek boyfriend, hardly British!” Sums it up perfectly!

  7. Bruteloop | Jul 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm |

    Look, this has been out in the UK for ages. Yes, questions were asked in the House of Credibility. Personally, as someone who was 16 in 76 and who would have gone under without the Pistols, who chopped off his hair, dyed it jet black, stencilled Burroughs prose onto shirts bought from Oxfam shops, sourced brothel creepers from Jack Geach on the Harrow Road and was sent t-shirts by Michael in Sex and was the first punk in his cold, Yorkshire town and who was chased by squaddies and Teds and had the shit kicked out of him…the man can do what he wants or needs to make money in order to record or tour. Anyone here write the songs he 19? The bloke was a real threat here at that time and was attacked physically and other wise for it. Why do you want him to carry on being that for the rest of his life in that way? He did it. Have you? The ad is funny and it plays on all that. Unlike Iggy’s car insurance ads. But, hey, he owes no one anything either. Anyone here make anything like Bollocks or Raw Power? No, I thought not. What would you rather? They die early?

  8. Chad Verigin | Jul 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm |

    ummm…so the reason he gave for doing the ad is that it was about being British, and the entire add was spent saying that its not about being British its about butter…confusing
    I like the other reason, that it was about money to create his new release.

  9. Will Coles | Jul 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm |

    It’s easy to love a country when you don’t live there, L.A. is a different world from the UK. Just because you may love someone & what they did doesn’t mean they aren’t selling out when they’re …selling out!

    The establishment hasn’t changed from the one he hated, he’s just been embraced by it to use his celebrity status (with supposed credibility) to sell shit to the people.

  10. Apathesis | Jul 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm |

    His autobiography is hilarious.

  11. DeepCough | Jul 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm |

    Unlimited supply/
    There is no reason why/
    He’s stuck there in the frame/
    He only did it for the fame.

  12. What a gimmick!

  13. BuzzCoastin | Jul 15, 2013 at 10:16 pm |

    he was always a shill
    that fact that it’s only now apparent
    is a tribute to his art

  14. howiebledsoe | Jul 16, 2013 at 6:56 am |

    Hell, I’d rather work for Country Life butter than for Malcolm McLaren.

  15. Noah_Nine | Jul 16, 2013 at 7:21 am |

    he said he used the money to fund art…. seems like a reasonable agenda…

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