Johnny Rotten’s Birthday – January 31st, 1956
Posted 1/31/2013 12:00:00 AM

Johnny Rotten’s Birthday – January 31st, 1956


Conversation Starters

  • Happy Birthday to John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols! Your favorite Sex Pistols song is…?
  • John Lydon celebrates his 57thbirthday. He is known for being one of the most popular punk rock singers ever. Do you know his stage name? Answer at noon!
    • Answer: Johnny Rotten

Fast Facts

  • Born January 31, 1956 as John Joseph Lydon in London
  • Was invited to audition as singer for Sex Pistols when he was seen wearing an “I hate Pink Floyd” t-shirt
  • He and the Sex Pistols debuted at St. Martins College of Art in 1965
  • He was given the name Johnny Rotten because of his decaying teeth
  • Rotten provided the bands punk image by singing about anarchy, fascism, abortion, violence and apathy
  • He penned the songs “Anarchy in the UK,” “Holidays in the Sun” & “God Save the Queen”, the final of which so controversial that Rotten was attacked and stabbed by a royalist. The song was also banned by the BBC
  • Rotten left the band in 1978 during a U.S. tour
  • He formed Public Image Ltd. Late 1978
  • His first solo album was called Public Image (1978), and was not released in the U.S.; Public Image Ltd. has gone on to release eight more studio albums
  • He wrote an autobiography entitled Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs in 1993
  • In 1996 the Sex Pistols reunited to celebrate their 20th anniversary
  • In 2000 hosted his own  TV program called Rotten TV on VH1, though it only last three episodes


  • He is the oldest of three boys
  • Married to Nora “Mrs. Rotten” Lydon; a publishing heiress from Germany
  • He is the Stepfather to Ari Up of The Slits

Discography (Studio Albums)

  • Sex Pistols
    • Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
    • Public Image Ltd. (PiL)
      • Public Image (1978)
      • Metal Box (1979)
      • Flowers of Romance (1981)
      • This Is What You Want…This Is What You Get (1984)
      • Album (1986)
      • Happy? (1987)
      • 9 (1989)
      • That What Is Not (1992)
      • This Is PiL (2012)


  • Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex PistolsPlatinum (1992)


  • U.K. Top 10 songs
    • “Public Image” #9
    • “This Is Not a Love Song” #5
    • Billboard Top 200
      • Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols #106




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