In November the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame cordially invited the Sex Pistols to join its rather esteemed club as members of the 2006 induction class. On Friday (February 24) the Pistols responded to that invite in a rather uncordial manner.
The erstwhile punkers posted a handwritten — and certifiably unedited — note on their Web site, proclaiming their disdain for the Rock Hall and making it clear that, no, they will most certainly not be attending the March 13 induction ceremony in New York.
Here it is (misspellings intact for maximum punk impact): “Next to the Sex Pistols, rock and roll and that Hall of Fame is a piss stain. Your museum, urine in wine. We’re not coming. Fame at $25,000 if we paid for a table, or $15,000 to squeak up in the gallery, goes to a nonprofit organization 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. We’re not coming. Your not paying attention.”
A spokesperson for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame could not be reached for comment.
The Pistols were one of six acts announced as inductees into the rock hall last year, joining Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blondie, amongst others (see “Black Sabbath Finally Make Rock Hall Of Fame — Whether Ozzy Likes It Or Not” and “So How Do You Get Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?”). Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne
had also previously made his frustrations with the hall known, calling the selection committee
“the supposed elite for the industry and the media, who’ve never bought an album or ticket in
According to the hall’s Web site, artists are selected for induction first by a nominating
committee “composed of rock and roll historians.” The nominated artists are then listed on a
ballot, which is sent to “an international voting body of about 700 rock experts.”