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Read the Sex Pistols handwritten response to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is, in normal circumstances, something artists strive for in their careers. It’s a mark against your name saying that you are one of the finest musicians or artists in music’s history. It’s also something, the Sex Pistols described as a “piss stain”.

The notorious punks refused to make the usual trip to the US to accept their award and induction and instead sent a letter befitting of their stature as music’s brattiest brats. Read the entire letter below.

When illustrious invite lands on the metaphorical doormat from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame usually you pick it up with glee, respond to the RSVP right away, and let all your family know that you’re about to be immortalised by your peers. The Sex Pistols, however, scrawled a crude response and sent it back dripping with the spit of an ageing punk.

The Sex Pistols have, of course, earned their right to be commemorated in Rock Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. Their brand of no-holds-barred three-chord joy had helped to create one of the most vibrant youth subcultures Britain has ever seen. One that still reverberates throughout the music and regurgitates new genres to this day.

While Nevermind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols may go down in history as one of the most influential records of all time, it is the only album the band ever produced. One record wonders, the Sex Pistols earned their place in Rock Hall largely because of their attitude.

Both with the band and after it, the members of the Sex Pistols were the archetypal punks for the entire globe. They were the embodiment of a spirit which swelled around London in 1977. So, perhaps, we should expect that the band would compound their image in 1996 when they were invited to Rock Hall.

Lydon begins the handwritten letter: “Next to the SEX-PISTOLS rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum. Urine in wine. Were not coming.” It’s a statement that the band would happily strand by for years and years to come.

“Were not your monkey and so what? Fame at $25,000 if we paid for a table, or $15000 to squeak up in the gallery, goes to a non-profit organisation selling us a load of old famous. Congradulations. If you voted for us, hope you noted your reasons.”

The singer concludes with a usual sneering barb thrown at the Rock Hall establishment; “Your anonymous as judges, but your still music industry people. Were not coming. Your not paying attention. Outside the shit-stem is a real SEX PISTOL.”

You can read the full transcript below and find a copy of the handwritten letter below:

Next to the SEX-PISTOLS rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum. Urine in wine. Were not coming.

Were not your monkey and so what? Fame at $25,000 if we paid for a table, or $15000 to squeak up in the gallery, goes to a non-profit organisation selling us a load of old famous. Congradulations. If you voted for us, hope you noted your reasons.

Your anonymous as judges, but your still music industry people. Were not coming. Your not paying attention. Outside the shit-stem is a real SEX PISTOL

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