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- Posted on Jan 28th 2011 8:00AM by Andrew Kerr
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According to the outspoken singer, not only does he admire her rise in the "corrupt" music business but to a certain extent believes he deserves credit for her success.
Speaking to the LA Times, he said, "I have done something good that Lady Gaga is so quite as mentally insane as she is. There's someone out there -- yeah, ultimately just shock, but the lyrics are so good. They really are. And so every now and again, as corrupt as the music industry is, there is one in there that can manipulate it properly. She's one. So applause to her."
However when it comes to the current crop of punk bands Lydon was less positive, particularly when it came to Green Day.
"Many of the punk bands are cop-outs and imitators and have made it easy for the likes of Green Peace -- Green Day, who I hate. I really ... I can't stand them."
He continued, "To me, they're like coat hangers, and haven't earned the right, they haven't earned the wings, to be wearing the mantle of punk. They haven't had to go through the violence, and the hate, and the animosity that us chaps way back when had to put up with. We had to fight for every single footstep."
As for the American punks' musical exploits, Lydon didn't mince his words, "I don't think I've done anything good if it ends up with Green Day on Broadway."