John Lydon turns 55 today, and the former (current? sometime?) Sex Pistols/Public Image Ltd. frontman is as pugnacious as when we first met him in 1975 as Pistols mouthpiece Johnny Rotten, creating the modern archetype of the punk-rock loudmouth. With PiL, he fused punk with droning dub to make eerie landscapes with bassist Jah Wobble and former Clash man Keith Levene.
There a punk scholars who will tell you that the most innovating things that Lydon touched are as follows, in order of importance: Public Image, the Pistols, and his work with Afrika Bambaataa's Time Zone project. Some people even will say that PiL was infinitely more interesting than the Sex Pistols ever were, which to us is an odd thing to gleam from both groups' drastically different blueprints.
The Pistols only played Houston once, at the International Ballroom on their first reunion tour in August 1996 with Gravity Kills. Yes, that Gravity Kills.