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Psychobabble: John Lydon

Neil Mason, Melody Maker, June 2000

NOTE: When the Filth and the Fury film was released in 2000, Lydon agreed to do three press interviews, of which Melody Maker, for some inexplicable reason, was one. Melodious Mucker, he called it repeatedly. The resulting feature was a typical Maker piece for the time – essentially a list, bite-sized chunks. It looked good, but didn't offer much insight. At the time we had regular feature called "Psychobabble", where we'd ask Smash Hits biscuit-tin-type questions… with a psychological bent. Unsurprisingly, Lydon's was more interesting than most. I like the flow of the conversation, which I put down to my skill as an interviewer, natch. This extract wasn't published in its entirety.

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