Johnny Rotten 'would liked to have spoken’ with punk icon before she died

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John Lydon would liked to have seen Jordan Mooney, inset, before her death. Picture from Rob Browne/PiL Official. Inset picture from Dod Morrison
John Lydon would liked to have seen Jordan Mooney, inset, before her death. Picture from Rob Browne/PiL Official. Inset picture from Dod Morrison

JOHNNY Rotten “would have liked to have spoken” with punk icon Jordan Mooney before her death.

The former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon said he had not seen the “Queen of Punk” for a number of years.

Jordan Mooney, real name Pamela Rooke, was well-known within London’s punk subculture with her sense of style and dressing – a bleached, platinum-blonde haircut and dark raccoon eye makeup.

She worked with fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and was also seen at many of the early Sex Pistols performances in the 1970s.

The Argus: Pamela Rooke pictured at Rebellion Punk Festival in 2019. Picture from Dod Morrison
The Argus: Pamela Rooke pictured at Rebellion Punk Festival in 2019. Picture from Dod Morrison

Pamela Rooke pictured at Rebellion Punk Festival in 2019. Picture from Dod Morrison

John said he would have liked to have seen her before she died.

Jordan passed away in Seaford last month aged 66 from cholangiocarcinoma, which is cancer of the bile duct.

He told The Argus: “I wish I knew she was near her end, I would have liked to have spoken with her. Rest in peace poor dear.

“I don’t remember much about her work wise, I have fond memories of her. She would come to the early gigs.”

The Argus: John is performing with his band Public Image Limited this summer in Brighton
The Argus: John is performing with his band Public Image Limited this summer in Brighton

John is performing with his band Public Image Limited this summer in Brighton

He said he remembered appearing on So It Goes in 1976, a music TV show famous for showcasing many punk rock acts at the time. Jordan was also there with the Pistols at the TV set in Manchester.

John said: “We were once at a show called So It Goes, we were hungry and went to get some fish and chips before the shooting. We ran into this huge mob of Manchester City football hooligans!

“We made great friends with them, they had never seen the likes of us. It was great.

“A bit of wit and humour gets you out of a potentially ugly situation.”

Jordan Mooney worked in her hometown of Seaford at Beechwood Veterinary Surgery in Stafford Road for around 30 years. She died surrounded by family in her home at 9pm on Sunday, April 3.

John said he was excited to return due to his "fond memories" of the city ahead of his UK tour.

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