John Lydon - John Lydon Slams Simon Cowell28 April 2012
John Lydon thinks Simon Cowell and his TV talent shows are ''very destructive'' to music.
John Lydon Slams Simon Cowell
He said: ''He's really bad news for music. He's hilarious to watch, but he's poisonous, really. He's very destructive and bitter and twisted and evil.''
John has a similar distaste for talent shows, particularly after he turned down 'American Idol' bosses when they asked if a contestant could cover The Sex Pistols' 1977 hit 'Pretty Vacant', because he believes such programmes are ''killing the volatility'' of the music industry.
He added to NME magazine: ''We had a ridiculous situation with 'American Idol', when they wanted to use 'Pretty Vacant' for this contestant, because he was the 'rock singer': the long hair, and the scraggly beard, and the leather jacket.
''No, you cannot use it. Stop it. I don't need someone imitating in that way. You've got the genuine article. What on Earth do you want a fake, phoney version like that for?
''We have the genuine article, but that's not as good as the fake version 10 years later? It kills the volatility - all the great songs in the world make you shiver, and you're going to cover it in marshmallow. Write your own songs, fella, and then I'll judge you.''