Punk really is dead: the former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock now minds the bollocks. He may have been a member of the band that bequeathed to the nation the words "you dirty fucker" and "you fucking rotter" in 10 seconds of live television 29 years ago, but the man who helped assail the eardrums of the hapless Bill Grundy has declared that "something ought to be done" about swearing.
While his fellow ex-Sex Pistol John Lydon keeps the blue flame alive by deploying the c-word on I'm A Celebrity ... Matlock, 48, believes unnecessary swearing is the curse of modern society.
The bass player and father of two, who co-wrote The Sex Pistols' biggest hits, Anarchy In The UK, God Save The Queen and Pretty Vacant, hates it when his children, now 11 and seven, hear obscenities on the radio or TV. "It's pathetic when people just swear for the sake of it," he said in a carefully pre-recorded interview to be broadcast this Sunday.
Matlock can hardly have forgotten the moment in December 1976 when he, Lydon, Steve Jones and Paul Cook were goaded by Grundy into unleashing a stream of bile on early evening television.
Examining the "terrifying" moral vacuum embodied by the band, Grundy responded to Lydon mumbling "tough shit" by challenging them to say something outrageous in the final 10 seconds of his Thames Today programme. Jones obliged with the almost poetic panoply of: "You dirty bastard", "you dirty fucker" and "you fucking rotter".
Matlock, who was replaced in the band by Sid Vicious in 1977, reassesses his view of ripe old Anglo-Saxon in Channel 4's X Rated: The TV Shows They Tried To Ban, which also replays the incident.
If there were any doubt that punk was dead, Jones was offered the chance to DJ on a Los Angeles station last year as long as he refrained from swearing on air. The former foul-mouthed punk meekly agreed.