John Lydon

John Lydon

Real Name:
John Joseph Lydon
Singer and lyricist (born 31 January 1956 in London, UK).

Best known for his work as lead singer initially of the Sex Pistols (using the name Johnny Rotten), then secondly under his real name in Public Image Limited (or "PIL" for short).
His work with the Sex Pistols is recognised as being the lead UK band for the emerging late-1970's punk scene, especially in the UK.

Continually throughout his career, has been very outspoken about his dislike for so-called authority figures or institutions; whether monarchy, political, or religious. Most of his tracks have featured his objections vehemently to these and other issues. When appearing with bandmates on British TV in the late 1970's to early 1980's, usually had little time for the presenters; often walking out halfway through any interview, due to being paraded as some kind of hate figure.

In the early 1980's he was forced to leave the UK after repeated raids by the Police on anywhere he and band PIL tried to play. This unfair and unlawful intrusion by another state institution that at the time could get away with such malicious actions, meant moving to the US for the following 25 years, where he could live and work normally.

He continues to live in Los Angeles, USA. As of early 2010, currently re-touring with a reformed PIL.

Married to Nora Forster, stepfather to singer Arianne Foster (aka Ari-Up), and brother of Jimmy Lydon.
In Groups:

John Lydon Discography


LSM 01 John Lydon An Interview With John Lydon(LP) Lip Service Magazine LSM 01 UK 1986 Sell This Version
CDVUS 130, 7243 8 44209 2 5 John Lydon Psycho's Path (Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin Records America, Inc. CDVUS 130, 7243 8 44209 2 5 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CEL 176, VG 2033-Z Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa Time Zone Featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa - World Destruction (Maxi, Single, EP) Celluloid, Virgin CEL 176, VG 2033-Z Greece 1984 Sell This Version
HAND 009R Leftfield, Lydon* Leftfield, Lydon* - Open Up (Single, Maxi) Hard Hands HAND 009R UK 1993 Sell This Version
SPRO-12294 John Lydon Sun (Single) Virgin, Virgin SPRO-12294 US 1997 Sell This Version


0946 3 37987 2 4, LYDON1 John Lydon The Best Of British £1♫'s (Comp) Virgin, Virgin 0946 3 37987 2 4, LYDON1 UK & Europe 2005 Sell This Version