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Pistol whipped: Lydon entourage's racially motivated assault on bloc party singer

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This story appeared yesterday, apparently Kele from Bloc Party approached Lydon at a festival in Spain and asked him about Public Image Ltd. Lydon got upset and a member of his entourage said something along the lines of "your problem is your black attitude" to Kele. After that a large fight ensued with Ricky Kaiser Chiefs and a bloke from Foals jumping in to help Kele and Har Mar Superstar looking on. Which if nothing else is an amusing mental image.

The Quietus | News | Bloc Party And Sex Pistols In 'Racial Attack'

The Quietus | News | Lydon Brands Okereke A 'Liar'

Sure we'll hear more about this in the coming days.

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Kele is getting a reputation as a whiny little bitch really. It really wouldn't suprise me if he's made the majority of it up as Rotten says. Even if there is truth in it, it could just have been one moron of a sycophantic group of hangers on. "The problem is your black attitude" also strikes me as a weird thing to say and could easily have been "the problem is your bad attitude".

Whatever happened, calling John Lydon a bigot and a racist is clearly misinformed.

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Kele is getting a reputation as a whiny little bitch really. It really wouldn't suprise me if he's made the majority of it up as Rotten says. Even if there is truth in it, it could just have been one moron of a sycophantic group of hangers on. "The problem is your black attitude" also strikes me as a weird thing to say and could easily have been "the problem is your bad attitude".

Whatever happened, calling John Lydon a bigot and a racist is clearly misinformed.

I agree - as much as i quite like Bloc Party and there tunes i think the singer is fucking cock. He is always moaning about shit.....

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I'm more inclined to favour Kele's side of things, I must say.

Lydon always strikes me as a lying coniving thug, to be perfectly honest. I've always tried to dislike any musical ventures he's been involved in simply because of the way he comes across (but I can't help but like a lot of his musical output).

He's an uninteresting man who craves more publicity than Kele ever has.

On a side note - how fucking terrible and unengaging is the new Bloc Party material!? :down:

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john lydon is a loser. i saw him once on live tv. they were cutting to an ad break and he shouted out "I LIKE EATING PUSSY" presumably to be "mr rebellious"

but instead, he came across as a pathetic immature wanker.

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Lydon's response - Sex Pistols: Lydon denies racial abuse as singers clash | Music | The Guardian

Sex Pistols: Lydon denies racial abuse as singers clash

Helen Pidd and Rosie Swash The Guardian, Tuesday July 22, 2008

It started out innocently enough. Backstage at a music festival in Spain this weekend, musicians from some of Britain's top young bands gathered around their punk idol, Sex Pistols legend John Lydon, as he regaled them with tales from the glory days. But within half an hour, the frontman of one of the country's biggest indie groups was on the floor with severe facial bruising and a split lip.

Kele Okereke, 26, the singer with Bloc Party, claimed yesterday that he was assaulted by Lydon's "entourage" and was subjected to a "racist tirade" on Saturday at Summercase, a music festival in Barcelona. Okereke, born in Liverpool to Nigerian parents, claims he was "set upon" by three members of Lydon's crew after an argument with Lydon, which prompted one of Lydon's friends to tell Okereke: "Your problem is your black attitude".

The incident was witnessed by more than 50 people, including Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs, Har Mar Superstar and members of Foals.

Lydon, 52, yesterday accused Okereke of starting the fight and dreaming up the racism allegation to gain publicity. "I feel very sorry for a man that needs to lie about what was a perfect evening," he said. Okereke, formerly a fan of the Sex Pistols singer, said he asked Lydon if he would ever consider reforming one of his favourite bands, Public Image Ltd. Lydon became "intimidating and aggressive while his entourage responded with a racist tirade", Okereke's spokeswoman said.

Okereke said in a statement: "It's not an issue of the physical assault, even though it was an unprovoked attack, it is the fact that race was brought into the matter so readily. Someone as respected and intelligent as Lydon should know better than to bring race into the equation, or socialise with and encourage those who hold such narrow-minded attitudes. I am disappointed that someone I held with such high regard turns out to be such a bigot."

Lydon responded: "We are in the middle of a wonderful tour. After 30 years we are achieving a true unity in our audience. They are multi-varied, all ages, all races, creeds and colours. When you are at a festival with bands who are jealous fools, lies and confusion usually follow."

He continued: "After the show John Rotten and management remained behind to sign autographs ... for four solid hours without incident and had a great time talking to other Spanish bands. This seems to have sparked jealousy in certain bands.

"The trouble was brought to us, resulting in those causing the trouble being physically removed by festival security."

He added: "Grow up and learn to be a true man. When you have achieved as much as I have, come back and talk to me. It's a shame the wonderful world of the media is riddled with nonsense like this."

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john lydon is a loser. i saw him once on live tv. they were cutting to an ad break and he shouted out "I LIKE EATING PUSSY" presumably to be "mr rebellious"

but instead, he came across as a pathetic immature wanker.

Who gives a flying fuck? As long as he contributed to making one of the best albums ever I couldn't give a shit.

I believe both of them.

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On a side note - how fucking terrible and unengaging is the new Bloc Party material!? :down:

My god its fucking awful isn't it.

Drums, vocals and some editing. No hook, no ingenuity, its fucking crap. And the lyrics are poor as well

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My god its fucking awful isn't it.

Drums, vocals and some editing. No hook, no ingenuity, its fucking crap. And the lyrics are poor as well

I disagree. I like it. Show's some ingenuity and has a quite a nice guitar hook in it.

It's a nice progression.

Lydon is a cock.

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Of course Lydon is a cock. No suprise there, he is generally the biggest bell-end in the music industry. One thing you cannot accuse him of is racism, and certainly not bigotry as Kele did. Much ado about nothing really.

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I disagree. I like it. Show's some ingenuity and has a quite a nice guitar hook in it.

It's a nice progression.

Lydon is a cock.

No he's not, the man is a legend, Bloc Party have already been forgotten!!

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No he's not, the man is a legend, Bloc Party have already been forgotten!!

Didn't say he wasn't a legend. He can still be a legend but also a cock at the same time you know. Some might say he's a legendary cock ;)

I don't remember saying Bloc Party were better than the Pistols (though i happen to think they are incidentally) so kindly step off your soap-box.

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Some might say he's a legendary cock ;)

Wahay.

We can say great minds.

Or just stating the obvious.

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Wahay.

We can say great minds.

Or just stating the obvious.

I like the sound of great minds myself. It is quite strange that we're both called Phil (although you have an extra 'l' i believe) and we were both thinking the same thing at the same time on the same forum, weird..........

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I like the sound of great minds myself. It is quite strange that we're both called Phil (although you have an extra 'l' i believe) and we were both thinking the same thing at the same time on the same forum, weird..........

Yeah, what are the odds?

Oh wait, maybe we're the "odds".

Arf.

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Bloc Party have already been forgotten!!

Em, no they haven't. That just doesn't work, even as a hyperbole. Bloc Party are a good band, with various top ten hits and albums and a big fanbase.

In fact I think they have already had more output than the sex pistols as a whole, who I think are one of the shittest most overrated bands in the business.

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Bloc Party are fucking shit and always have been. If the singer came up and talked to me I'd stick the head on him as well, not because he's black but for his ding musical output.

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Lydon is a pretty fucking irritating character on the whole. If he's on a program, I'll switch it off as I constantly feel embarrassed for him as soon as the verbal vomit comes dribbling out his gob - let's not forget the addition of the trademark, "wacky stare" too. Funnily enough, I do really like the sex pistols, I just can't be fucked with Lydon. Personally, it wouldn't surprise me if he was trying to stir up some desperate controversy. This is a man who allowed himself to go into a shitty jungle on a show hosted by Ant & Dec.

Saying that, I also think Kele is a complete bell but at least he hasn't lowered himself to the existence Lydon has. He might me a cock but at least he's a cock with a bit of dignity and self respect.

PS: I quite like Bloc Party but new stuff is a bit iffy.

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His 'come and talk to me when you have achieved as much as me' palaver is hysterically OTT, so basically, unless you have helped define a genre, don't bother with John. Given that we no longer live in such a prudish age as the 70's, how can anyone hope to create a rumpus for swearing on the telly now that its practically mandatory. Then he says he was talking to Spanish bands all night, how could he have, unless El Pais had a feature on them, El Filtho y El Furioso or something, lets have some fucking consistency Lydon, eh.

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