I may have been within the Sex Pistols – observing Disney+ display has introduced reminiscences flooding again

DANNY Boyle’s wreck hit sequence Pistol finds how the Bay City Rollers influenced the punk rockers – with an authentic member of the Scots staff revealing they even attempted to recruit him because the lead singer.

The Oscar-winning director’s Disney Plus sensation charts the upward thrust and fall of the 70s trailblazers fronted through Johnny Rotten.


Never thoughts the Rollers, Stuart “Woody” Wood may have been the frontman of The Sex Pistols as a substitute.
Woody, second right, with The Bay City Rollers during the height of their fame in the 70s.


Woody, 2nd proper, with The Bay City Rollers all through the peak in their reputation within the 70s.
Danny Boyle's new series Pistol is one of the biggest shows on Disney Plus.


Danny Boyle’s new sequence Pistol is among the greatest displays on Disney Plus.

But it additionally includes a scene when their supervisor Malcolm McLaren – performed through Thomas Brodie-Sangster – vows to make The Sex Pistols an “evil version” of the tartan-clad boyband.

And The Rollers’ Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood claims that the true McLaren had sought after him to ditch the goody two sneakers staff and sign up for the spitting, snarling Anarchy in the United Kingdom dangerous boys.

Stuart, 65, says: “There used to be a hearsay that McLaren sought after me for the Pistols, which I heard on the time and feature heard since as he additionally approached Midge Ure to be their frontman too.

“So it could have been Never Mind The Rollers if I had gone to The Sex Pistols – I would certainly have been swearing a lot more.”

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The Bay City Rollers are a part of a key scene in the second one episode of big-budget sequence when the fledgling rockers and their pals stomp round to the Rollers’ anthem Shang-A-Lang, with a carousel model of the 1974 hit additionally performed out with the credit.

Svengali boss McLaren additionally refers back to the staff more than one instances – or even asks famend fashion designer Vivienne Westwood to replicate their tartan glance – whilst there are photos of the Scots staff on show within the Sex Pistols’ place of business.

And Stuart finds the good fortune of Pistol – which is recently one of the watched displays on Disney Plus – has had a direct spin-off for him because the remaining authentic member to be traveling as The Bay City Rollers.

He says: “Things have actually kicked issues off for us now.

“Before our gig in Blackpool remaining Saturday this large man with a Sex Pistols t-shirt and a spouse with spikey hair, got here as much as us and mentioned ‘We’re having a look ahead to seeing you this night.’

“They then instructed us they didn’t know what to anticipate as they’d by no means observed us earlier than.

“After the show they both came up and said ‘You were f***ing brilliant.’ They absolutely loved it. I love the fact that the punks are now getting into us and it’s all from Danny Boyle’s show.”

Stuart, from Marchmont, Edinburgh, used to be simply 17 when he joined The Rollers, which additionally featured brothers Alan and Derek Longmuir, Eric Faulkner and singer Les McKeown.

They shot to international reputation within the 70s with megahits together with Give A Little Love, Bye Bye Baby or even crowned america charts with Saturday Night.

But their pop megastar dream began to fall aside in 1978 because of in-fighting, whilst additionally they introduced years of courtroom motion towards their former document label Arista over claims they had been owed thousands and thousands of kilos in lacking royalties.

They reformed in short in 2016 earlier than the dying of founding member Alan, 70, in 2018, adopted through 65-year-old frontman Les’s deadly middle assault at house in London remaining 12 months.

Meanwhile The Sex Pistols had been shaped in 1975 with Johnny Rotten – actual identify John Lydon – guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and and Glen Matlock, later changed through Sid Vicious.

Under the steerage of McLaren – who died in 2010 – they sparked “moral panic” with their one and handiest album Never Mind The B******s, Here’s the Sex Pistols.

But frontman Rotten surrender the gang in 1978 earlier than band member Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose the next 12 months whilst out on bail for the alleged homicide of his female friend Nancy Spungen.

However Stuart believes that The Rollers and The Pistols proportion different similarities – as they had been each stuck up within the equipment of the document business .

The guitarist, who lives in Edinburgh along with his spouse Denise, says: “When they play the carousel model of Shang-A-Lang within the TV display, that’s the bit actually when The Sex Pistols soar on that document corporate conveyor belt.

“It used to be the similar with us, after we had been on that carousel you’ll be able to’t get off as you’re then within the arms of document corporate individuals who noticed us as not anything greater than a cash making device.

“So even though their image was so very different to us, they were caught up in all the same mechanics of the industry as we were.”


Although Stuart maintains The Rollers weren’t as cleancut as their moderately polished symbol.

He provides: “I take into account the roadies used to let us know how the heavy steel bands on the time would have bottles of whisky and vodka on level that had been in fact stuffed with apple juice and water.

“Well we were the exact opposite as our glasses of milk on stage were actually full of vodka.”

And Stuart believes he even inadvertently began the punk’s pattern for dressed in protection pins after he used one to stay his trousers up for a photograph shoot.

He explains: “Our album Wouldn’t You Like It?, used to be a double fold and whilst you open up you’ll be able to see I’ve a security pin protecting up my trousers.


“I needless to say day smartly as my zip bust simply earlier than we did the images nevertheless it nonetheless made it onto the quilt.

“In Pistol, they zoom in on a guy with a safety pin in the exact same space, so it’s funny to think I may have influenced punk rock fashion just by trying to keep my breeks up.”

But Stuart insists he feels indebted to Trainspotting director Danny, 65, for in any case giving credit score the place it’s because of The Bay City Rollers.

He says: “I want to thank Danny as he actually tells the reality for the primary time, as a result of for many years The Rollers have at all times been observed as somewhat of a shaggy dog story.

“We had been made out to be some kind of p**stake and that our track used to be s***e and handiest younger women appreciated us, which used to be nonsense.


STUART insists not like the messy dying for each The Sex Pistols and The Bay City Rollers – he’s in any case attending to are living the Hollywood finishing.

The musician is the remaining final authentic member of the 70s boyband to nonetheless be traveling.

But whilst The Sex Pistols resulted in tragedy in 1978 with the dying of Sid Vicious and the Rollers imploded when Stuart famously booted frontman Les McKeown off level in the similar 12 months, Woody insists he couldn;t be happier..

He says: “It’s like the ones movie biopics the place it begins off and it’s all nice and everybody is excited, then within the heart all of it is going horribly improper, and on the finish it finishes with some good fortune.

“That’s how it feels for me now, as I couldn’t be happier.”

And Stuart believes The Rollers – who suffered the dying of founder Alan Longmuir in 2018 adopted through Les remaining 12 months – will proceed even after he’s long gone.

He says: “I’m positive some lovers assume it’s no longer the similar with out Les or Alan, however take a look at Queen, they’re nonetheless acting large time on the Platinum Jubilee.

“There’s handiest two authentic individuals in that band now, however they’re nonetheless Queen. It’s nonetheless the similar songs.

“That’s the similar with us, the track simply carries on and one day I gained’t be capable of rise up there and carry out them anymore – despite the fact that I’m feeling just right and feature moderately a couple of years left in me.

“But when I stop, the younger guys in the band will keep going because at the end of the day, it’s all about The Rollers’ music.”

He provides: “So I’m attending to are living the glad finishing the Pistols and The Rollers unfortunately by no means had.

“Don’t get me wrong, it has been a long struggle to get to this point with a lot of upset over the years, but I’m in a very good place now.”

“But the fact that Danny put Shang-a-Lang in there was great as it showed that our songs did influence other bands.”

And he jokes: “I’m not sure if I would have cut it being in The Sex Pistols with all the spitting and swearing and stuff, but I feel that this punk rocker TV series has finally given us some credibility.”

*The Bay City Rollers will headline Food In The Park at Blair Atholl, Perthshire as of late, Saturday June 18. For tickets consult with eventbrite.co.united kingdom

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