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Steve Jones interview. Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones (right) reflects on his life, as he releases his memoir, 'Lonely Boy.' optoma-hd33.info A desperate EMI offered up new group the Sex Pistols as a . they had limited experience of TV interviews, having been featured only on BBC. William Grundy (– 9 February ) was an English television presenter and host of Today, a regional news programme broadcast on Thames Television. In the latter role, he earned national infamy for his interview with the Sex Pistols in during which he contemptuously.

Steve Jones interview. Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones (right) reflects on his life, as he releases his memoir, 'Lonely Boy.' optoma-hd33.info The original Sex Pistols line-up - Johnny Rotten, Paul Cook, Steve Jones and Here is the transcript of the interview from December 1, William Grundy (– 9 February ) was an English television presenter and host of Today, a regional news programme broadcast on Thames Television. In the latter role, he earned national infamy for his interview with the Sex Pistols in during which he contemptuously.

Steve Jones interview. Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones (right) reflects on his life, as he releases his memoir, 'Lonely Boy.' optoma-hd33.info The original Sex Pistols line-up - Johnny Rotten, Paul Cook, Steve Jones and Here is the transcript of the interview from December 1, William Grundy (– 9 February ) was an English television presenter and host of Today, a regional news programme broadcast on Thames Television. In the latter role, he earned national infamy for his interview with the Sex Pistols in during which he contemptuously.






It caused the biggest stink in British TV history. It brought punk to the masses and some say killed it stone dead. Or, to be precise, one of his dodgy teeth was to blame. What happened next changed everything. The interview meeting of a belligerent TV host and a startlingly young band became a potty-mouthed confrontation broadcast live on teatime sex across the South East. It had in fact only happened twice before in the history of British TV, and then questions were raised in Parliament as a pistols.

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All of that changed instantly on December 1, It would seem reasonable to assume that there is nothing new left sex say about the incident. However, Classic Rock has exclusively obtained internal files from Thames Television which give a unique insight into what happened on the day: memos criticising personnel, and hand-written notes by producers recording what happened in the aftermath were all inside the files. Forty years after the Today show aired, we can publish these internal documents.

Comically, the line telephone system automatically diverted any unanswered calls to… the Pistols Room. The file interview that a producer interview the programme, named as Martin Lucas, ignored instructions to remain in the room with the Pistols, sex left them and their posse — which included Sue Catwoman and some of the Bromley contingent, pistols of whom was Siouxsie Sioux — alone with the ringing pistols.

The result? The group started answering the phones and dishing out even more abuse. How this evaded the press at the time remains a mystery. Who knows what damage would have ensued if he had called while the Pistols were still in the Green Room. Grundy subsequently denied this, and there is no suggestion of him being under the influence in any of the internal documents.

From the panic and recriminations in the documents, it seems that the story of the day was simply one glorious British botch job. With unforeseeable dramatic consequences. The Pistols were in rehearsals for the Anarchy tour when the call came in about the Today programme.

They had signed to EMI two months previously. And while they had featured extensively in the music press, they had limited experience of TV interviews, having been featured only on BBC current affairs programme Nationwideand interviewed by Janet Street Porter on The London Weekend Show.

Not that they sex necessarily that drunk. However, watching the interview it seems pretty clear that the Pistols were just badly handled by Grundy. You cannot do a job like I do without being sober. There was a lot sex arrogance and mavericks working in telly then, and presenters did have a drink, and expect guests pistols just be thrilled to be on the telly. So when Grundy was faced with that situation and had what he probably viewed as snotty interview in front of him, it becomes understandable why he was dismissive.

Mike Housego sensed danger but decided that letting the interview continue would be less problematic than trying to clear the Pistols sex the studio.

So, as this was the last story on the programme, I let it go. Housego had no way of sex the extent to which Grundy would lose it. You interview old man! The tabloids, of course, went berserk.

It was live TV and the Sex Pistols were front-page. He was shitting himself. In interview ways the careers of Grundy and the Pistols never recovered from the confrontation. Grundy was disciplined by Thames head Jeremy Isaacs who would later become the head of Pistols 4. Today was cancelled two months later, and Bill Grundy never worked in prime-time television again. He died of a heart attack in at the age of The infamy that interview the Pistols as pistols result of the Today show turned the group into stars, but some say the chaos it brought ended up wrecking their career.

Interview were flies in the amber of notoriety. Which was when Freddie Mercury had his final encounter with the band. Pistols more Classic Rock features.

One early consequence for the group is the cancellation yesterday of a tour arranged by Rank Leisure Services. They said they did not wish to be associated with the punk rock group's type of stage presentation. Viewers heard Mr Grundy apparently goading the members of the group.

But Mr Grundy said yesterday that what he was doing was "to prove that these louts were a foul-mouthed set of yobs.

And that is what I did prove. He agreed that he had told one member -"You're more drunk than I am. He did his programmes "stone cold sober". His image as "the greatest drunk in the world" built up by himself in his articles for Punch magazine was an image, like those built by Dean Martin or Robert Mitchum.

Immediately after the programme the 12 lines to the studio switchboard were jammed with complaints. The BBC issued a statement saying that it played records on radio according to their musical merit "regardless of arbitrary classifications". The group have been banned from the council guildhall at Preston. The interview destroyed Grundy's career, elevated the Sex Pistols to notoriety, and signalled the arrival of mainstream punk rock.

Grundy began his career as a geologist and as a part-time journalist. When Granada Television began broadcasting in , Grundy auditioned for the post of newsreader, which at first he held in tandem with his geological work. As well as writing a regular column for Punch magazine, Grundy appeared on several TV shows including People and Places , and played himself in the film version of Man About the House , but he is best remembered for hosting the Today show.

In an early faux pas he filmed a report to camera on the Ilford North by-election and was deeply critical of the constituency. Unfortunately he was filming in Ilford South at the time. The drama, about four youngsters who take a narrow boat from North Wales to London, was broadcast as 13 weekly episodes.

Based on a book of the same name by E. Temple Thurston , it was Granada TV's first venture into colour. Grundy also wrote a book of the same name, basically an updated version of Thurston's original. Queen were due to go on the Today show of 1 December but cancelled their appearance at the last minute.

They were replaced by the punk rock band the Sex Pistols , who appeared at short notice, with their entourage in tow. The interview began with Grundy introducing the band but he then began to provoke his guests.

As he introduced them, he said that "they are as drunk as I am! He said "I am told Doesn't that seem, uh, to be slightly opposed to your anti-materialistic view of life? Grundy responded with "Really? Steve Jones said: "We fuckin' spent it ain't we? Next question. It brought punk to the masses and some say killed it stone dead. Or, to be precise, one of his dodgy teeth was to blame. What happened next changed everything. The ill-advised meeting of a belligerent TV host and a startlingly young band became a potty-mouthed confrontation broadcast live on teatime telly across the South East.

It had in fact only happened twice before in the history of British TV, and then questions were raised in Parliament as a result. Neither was punk rock a scene that was covered in any of the newspapers. It was a tiny movement that had not troubled the Top 10, let alone entered the national consciousness. All of that changed instantly on December 1, It would seem reasonable to assume that there is nothing new left to say about the incident.

However, Classic Rock has exclusively obtained internal files from Thames Television which give a unique insight into what happened on the day: memos criticising personnel, and hand-written notes by producers recording what happened in the aftermath were all inside the files. Forty years after the Today show aired, we can publish these internal documents. Comically, the line telephone system automatically diverted any unanswered calls to… the Green Room.

The file indicates that a producer on the programme, named as Martin Lucas, ignored instructions to remain in the room with the Pistols, and left them and their posse — which included Sue Catwoman and some of the Bromley contingent, one of whom was Siouxsie Sioux — alone with the ringing phones. The result?