WITH FOUR SONGS IN OUR LIST, WHO BET­TER THAN SEX PIS­TOLS BASSIST AND SONG­WRITER GLEN MAT­LOCK TO HELP YOU WRITE A FU­TURE PUNK CLAS­SIC?

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1) YOU NEED SOME­THING TO SING ABOUT

GLEN: “If you don’t have that, then it’s not go­ing to be worth­while.there has got to be

some­thing that’s burn­ing a hole in your head. It could be po­lit­i­cal or it could be love – but it has to come from some­where.you need a good riff, too. It should be short, sweet and suc­cinct, with all the in­ten­sity you can throw at it.”

2) FIND THE IN­STRU­MENT YOU’RE MOST CRE­ATIVE ON

“I play a few in­stru­ments, but usu­ally end up writ­ing things on gui­tar. That said, the very orig­i­nal riff idea for God Save The Queen, I came up with on piano, and then I picked up my gui­tar and learned how to play it louder on that.”

3) DON’T SET­TLE FOR SEC­OND BESTWHEN RECORD­ING

“Peo­ple think [Pis­tols] songs were rough and raw, but they re­ally weren’t.we had a fan­tas­tic en­gi­neer and a top producer in a re­ally good stu­dio. It’s dif­fer­ent these days – any­one can play an A chord or G chord in time or cut it up dig­i­tally. But I feel that knocks the char­ac­ter out of mu­sic. It’s those lit­tle im­per­fec­tions that give mu­sic an iden­tity.”

4) DON’T GET COM­PET­I­TIVE

“We never wanted to be the fastest band in punk – it didn’t re­ally even ex­ist un­til us, to be hon­est.we were pre-punk. It’s harder these days to tread new ground in that way. It’s like when sam­pling be­came pop­u­lar and peo­ple started sam­pling all sorts of mash-up things. Mu­si­cians have al­ways done that, the trick is to make it your own.there’s not re­ally a blue­print… you just do it, by process of trial and er­ror.”

5) LETYOUR IN­FLU­ENCES AMALGAMATE

“There are so many ways in­flu­ences can creep in. Ev­ery­thing you’ve lis­tened to over the years will be in there some­how. The begin­ning of God Save The Queen had in­spi­ra­tion from [Amer­i­can rock­a­billy artist] Ed­die Cochran, as well as Spi­ders From Mars-era David Bowie. Pretty Va­cant came from lis­ten­ing to ABBA!”

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