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​Goldie recalls being pelted with coins by punks while on tour with the Sex Pistols

“I made £97.38 in Brixton, but I made a lot more in Glasgow!”

  • Gemma Ross | Photo: Normski
  • 25 May 2022
​Goldie recalls being pelted with coins by punks while on tour with the Sex Pistols

In conversation with NME, Goldie has recalled his time touring with the Sex Pistols in 2008 where he was “pelted with coins” by punks at a show in Brixton.

While on stage, Goldie remembers angry fans throwing a total of £97.38 in coinage at the DJ and producer. “I made £97.38p in Brixton, but I made a lot more in Glasgow,” he jokes.

Goldie spoke to NME as part of its "Does Rock ’N' Roll Kill Braincells?!" series in which it questions artists to see how much of their career they can - or can't - remember.

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“You can feel the metal whoosh past your head. I’m like: ‘You missed me, you twats!’,” he recalls of the tour. “To annoy them more, I played 'Public Image Ltd' – because Sex Pistols fans hate the idea of John Lydon doing his other band.

“Then I played ‘Up the Junction’ by Squeeze to infuriate them more! But punk should be like that. If I hadn’t been pelted by coins, I would have been fucking saddened,” he says.

In late 2007, Goldie set off on tour alongside the Sex Pistols and The Cribs where he would perform a DJ set each night. The trio played multiple shows together at Brixton’s O2 Academy.

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“In today’s politically correct world, instead of throwing coins at me, they’d say angrily: ‘I’m going to wire some money via credit card at him! Bam!’,” Goldie laughs.

Later in the interview, Goldie is asked who England’s team captain was in the 2016 Euros - the same year that the DJ collaborated with Shaun Ryder on a football anthem titled ‘We Are England’ under the band name Four Lions.

“I think one of Shaun Ryder’s mates gave me a really big bag of gear so I wouldn’t be able to remember that,” he says. The correct answer was Wayne Rooney.

Gemma Ross is Mixmag's Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter

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