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1989.11.12 - The Munster Times - Steve Jones: Still plenty of punk in this old pistol (Axl)

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Steve Jones: Still plenty of punk in this old pistol

By TOM LOUNGES
Breakaway Feature


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His first solo album “Mercy,” in 1987 was an unexpected personal exorcism of sorts. The deeply personal and emotional vulnerability of that album is nowehere to be found on his newest release, "Fire And Gasoline,” an album as explosive and dangerous as its title implies.

[...] A celebrity cast joined Jones on the sidelines of this project. Assisting in the songwriting were Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue ("We're Not Saints”) and Tonio K. ("God In Lousiana”). Adding vocals to a remake of the old Pistols' number, "I Did You No Wrong,” was Hoosier-bred neo-punk metal god, Axl Rose of Guns 'N Roses. Coproducing the 11 tracks with studio vet Mark Dearnly (AC/DC), was the Cult's Ian Astbury.

The entire process took only six weeks explained Jones. "I like workin' out the songs, goin' in and just doin' them. If you don't spend too much time in there (the studio), you're not misled by effects and dials and knobs. I don't make arty-farty records, I make raw rock n' roll with street feelings and attitudes.”

He may have purged himself of a few vices (such as drugs and a penchant for puking on his audiences) since his days as with the Pistols, but Jones remains in love with the seedy rock 'n' roll lifestyle that he came to embrace in those days.

He still hangs out in the underground Sunset Strip scene and can be found spending his free time leather-clad and cruising on one of his many Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

It was while cruising one day on the Strip that Jones encountered Axl Rose.

"I was on my bike on Sunset Boulevard,” Jones said." "And Axl was standing there surrounded by girls. I had no idea who he was at first. But he says, 'Hey, you're Steve Jones!’ After that, every time I'd see him, he'd rave on about lovin' the Pistols. Finally, I asked him if he'd like to join me in doing an old Pistols song for my album. He loved the idea.”

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The resurgence of an ex-Sex Pistol

Steve Jones’ music reflects a new man

By Barbara Jaeger
Record Music Critic


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pper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The Sex Pistols are also cited as a musical inspiration by such contemporary bands as Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, and The Cult, two of whose members showed up to lend a hand on “Fire and Gasoline,” Jones’ new album. Ian Astbury co-produced the 11-song collection and sang backup, while Cult guitarist Billy Duffy contributed a stinging solo on ‘'Get Ready.”

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Now people like W. Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses are showing up on Jones’ album.

“I’d see Axl out at the clubs and he’d always come over and ask me all these questions about the Sex Pistols,” said Jones. “When I decided to include the Pistols’ ‘I Did U No Wrong’ on my album, I just asked Axl if he’d want to sing on it.”

“I Did U No Wrong” is one of the Sex Pistols’ lesser-known songs, having appeared as the B- side of “God Save the Queen.” But Jones didn’t record it merely to rescue the song from obscurity.

“It was the first riff I ever wrote, real straight-ahead rock. And I think it’s a song more suited to what I’m doing now than anything the Pistols did.”
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