The former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has lashed out at rockers Green Day, accusing them of stealing the term "punk". The singer -- who performed as Johnny Rotten -- claims the American band has reduced a political movement into a simple musical style.
He says, according to Contactmusic: "Don't try and tell me Green Day are punk. They're not, they're plonk and they're bandwagoning on something they didn't come up with themselves. I think they are phony."
Referring to his band's battle with the police and censors during its heyday, Lydon adds, "The government's against you, the police are on you.
"So there we are fending off all that and it pisses me off that years later a wank outfit like Green Day hop in and nick all that and attach it to themselves.
"They didn't earn their wings to do that and if they were true punk they wouldn't look anything like they do."
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