The worst aspect of The Beatles, according to John Lydon

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Declaring your distaste for The Beatles is a brave move. It’s reasonable to assume that the Liverpudlian Fab Four will have a retort from their seven decades of admirers, but John Lydon has never shied away from a little controversy. He created the foul-mouthed, joker-like Johnny Rotten while fronting the Sex Pistols in the late 1970s. In fact, he built an entire persona around it.

His lack of fear in the face of the public’s and his peers’ opinions seems to have grown stronger over the years. Throughout his long career, he has openly expressed his hatred for everyone from Guns ‘N Roses to Green Day. Even the greatest band of all time is not safe from his wrath.

In an interview with Q Magazine in the early 2000s, the punk rocker turned post-punk singer shared his opinions about a certain Beatles member. He gave his thoughts on the renowned songwriter after drawing comparisons between Paul McCartney, the bassist of the Beatles, and Glen Matlock, the bassist of the Sex Pistols, his former bandmate.

Surprisingly, Lydon was overflowing with praise for the Beatle’s character behind the scenes. He added that he had met McCartney multiple times and that, in his opinion, the two were even better off off-camera. They had even exchanged tapes. However, he was far less admirable when it came to expressing his opinions about McCartney’s songs.

I’ve never liked his aspect of The Beatles,” he said. He conceded that his early exposure to their music from his parents may have contributed to this. But even if his viewpoint is a result of The Beatles’ discography being in his possession all the time when he was younger, Beatlemaniacs and casual fans alike would still regard it as heresy.

Contrary to Lydon’s assertion, the majority of people believe that McCartney’s contributions to The Beatles were crucial to the band’s success and sound. In addition to being a superb bassist, he and John Lennon were half of the songwriting duo at the core of the band. Their contributions, both individually and collectively, would secure them spots on lists of the greatest songwriters of all time.

The band had many hits and classics thanks to McCartney. It includes the melancholy and introspective “Yesterday,” the serene “Hey Jude,” and the upbeat “Yellow Submarine.” He was able to write songs with a truly global appeal, whether they were upbeat hits or depressing ballads. Six decades after The Beatles’ original release, they still possess that quality.

However, Lydon was not quite able to enjoy that universal appeal. Maybe he was rebelling against his parents for listening to so much Beatles music when he was young. Or, maybe it was just his style of being controversial and talkative. Maybe it was his own distinctly unique songwriting approach. It could have been the punk rock sound he developed with the Sex Pistols in the 1970s. Perhaps it was Public Image Ltd’s new wave genre experimentation that contrasted so sharply with McCartney’s melodies.

For whatever reason, Lydon was more drawn to McCartney’s personality than his music. Thankfully, McCartney has a large following of fans who enjoy his music. He was still able to win the Sex Pistols singer over behind closed doors.

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