Punk Is Chaos In The New Pistol Trailer


by James White |
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We've been waiting a while to see footage from Danny Boyle and Craig Pearce's Sex Pistols miniseries Pistol. And, as you can imagine, it's an anarchic take on the story of the boundary-snapping punks.

Based on Steve Jones' memoir Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol, 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.

The show also managed to offend John Lydon (AKA Johnny Rotten), who called the series "the most disrespectful sh*t I’ve ever had to endure" and tried to stop his bandmates from licensing the band's music for the series. Jones and Paul Cook took him to court and won the right to use the tunes last year.

Maisie Williams, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Talulah Riley, Toby Wallace, Anson Boon, Louis Partridge, Jacob Slater, Emma Appleton, Dylan Llewellyn are among the cast, and Pistol will be on screens via Disney+ on 31 May.

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