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Sex Pistol's advice: tone down the TV talk

Once-foul-mouthed rocker decries swearing on air
/ Source: Reuters

“Wanna be an anarchist?”

At least one of the Sex Pistols, now middle-aged and a father of two, no longer does.

Former Pistols bassist Glen Matlock has called for swearing on British television to be curbed, nearly 30 years after the provocative punk rockers sent shock waves through Britain by using derivations of the dreaded “f”-word on live TV.

“It’s pathetic when people swear for the sake of it,” Matlock told a television show to be broadcast Sunday. “Something ought to be done about it.”

Matlock, 48, also told “X-Rated: The TV Shows They Tried To Ban,” that he hated it when his young children heard obscenities on the airwaves.

As a teenager, Matlock co-wrote some of the Pistols’ most enduring anthems like “God Save The Queen” and “Anarchy In The UK.” He was ousted from the group early in 1977 and was replaced by the late Sid Vicious, who could not play bass. He returned to the fold when the band reunited in 1996.