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Episode 249: Nerdist Podcast
Steve Jones
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Nerdist Podcast: Steve Jones

The amazing Steve Jones sits down with Chris, Jonah and Matt to talk Sex Pistols, Jonesy’s Jukebox, and what punk rock is all about. Also, find out who Jonesy has been in–the answers may surprise and delight you!

Listen to Jonesy’s Jukebox every Sunday night 7-9pm on KROQ/Los Angeles!

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  1. waterfloor says:

    really guys? this episode was kinda gross. i turned it off as soon as matt was like “cameron diaz? must have been after her peak around the mask.” like she was an ugly uneffable actress after that? jeez. really get a life matt. this is the first nerdist episode i’ve ever given up on, and i’ve been listening from the beginning. happy that alton is on deck for my listening night and i get this one out of my system *shudder*

  2. Trey says:

    Ah, I wasn’t sure I was going to get into this podcast, since I’m not much of a punk music fan, but I was again proved wrong by Nerdist! This was great.

    My nerd boner went off when you guys started talking about Queen. The source of all my nerdy obsessions since I was a child. Your childhoods had Doctor Who, Star Wars and Star Trek, while mine had Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon!

    And fwiw, the album they were thinking of, I think, is A Day at the Races, and supposedly Freddie was recording the backing vocals for “Somebody to Love” when the Sex Pistols burst in. That came out in 1976, so the time frame works out if it was ’75 when that happened.

    (That info is culled from this old book: Queen: As It Began by Jackie Gunn & Jim Jenkins – I’d have to go back and look at one of my two copies of it and check..)

    And it was Adam Lambert who they were talking about – Marc Martel was involed with the Queen Extravaganza project that toured this past summer.

  3. Skigh says:

    I’m REALLY against all that “politically correct” bullshit, but someone should explain to Jonesy that he should not call Neanderthals “aboriginals”.

    Otherwise, great show, as usual.

  4. JetpackBlues says:

    The best story ever, via comedian Tom Rhodes, is the letter he wrote to Queen Elizabeth outlining why John Lydon (A.K.A. Johnny Rotten) should be considered for Knighthood. You can hear him talk about it on his podcast.

  5. QuasarSniffer says:

    What am I more disgusted by: the random name-dropping of people Steve Jones may or may not have fucked, or seriously suggesting that “Ancient Aliens” built the pyramids?

    Decidedly the latter! Ugh, fucking ancient aliens. #Bitter

  6. Lila says:

    @Patty Marvel and the gimp guy, of course…Still scary!

  7. Patty Marvel says:

    @Lila – SECONDED! Though kinda strange to watch as the surviving members are interviewed while backlit so you can’t see their faces. As if they’re in the witness protection or some such thing…

  8. Lila says:

    If anyone is interested, there is a documentary on the sex pistols called “The filth and the fury”! It’s really good and there is the Bill Grundy being-a-complete-tit interview.

  9. Katie says:

    I am not within the fandom of this music genre and have only heard of the Sex Pistols, but I’m SO glad that I didn’t pass on this one! It was great!

  10. Slam Dunkz says:

    Hilarious podcast. We need a picture of the chuck berry tattoo!

  11. Matt says:

    If Apple is justified in taking money from Samsung for copying their product why are they donating money to Microsoft for infringing on Microsoft scroll bar patents?

  12. JetpackBlues says:

    @Patty: I look forward to sending in a request to The Spandex Years when you’re back on-air.

  13. Nich Hustler says:

    About the Queen thing they had a competition and this guy Marc Mattel won, and he’s gotta be like 99% Freddy, it’s so close:

  14. Patty Marvel says:

    @JetpackBlues – I won’t be on the air again until September 2nd for my ABC special, but I will happily play any Siouxsie and the Banshees songs you and CH request after that. A small plea – I have standards, so please don’t ever ask for anything by Journey, Motley Crue or Bon Jovi. Thanks.

  15. JetpackBlues says:

    Siouxsie and the Banshees:
    “One of my favorite bands.”

    Goddammit Chris, do you have any idea how much of their stuff I have on vinyl!? How many posters!?

    Steve Jones was lead guitar on “Paradise Place” and “Skin” on the Kaleidoscope album. But I’m SURE you already knew that.

  16. DubipR says:

    Oh wow! Truly an amazing podcast.
    Put Steve on the Nerdist site with ‘Jonesy’s Still Got it’ ….NOW.
    Christ, I was laughing in hysterics at my work desk.
    I’ve been catching up on my Nerdist listening and that was by far the best of the last 10 I listened to.

    Fucking crushed it, gents.

  17. Heather says:

    Colin Blunstone was the Zombies’ lead singer. Fun episode. He’s so BAD outing his assignations like that.

  18. Kenny Torres says:

    Man! Steve Jones is the perfect example of a legitimate rockstar. So many encounters of a sexual kind. JONESYS’ STILL GOT IT!

  19. Ross says:

    You’re forgetting Ned Beatty’s amazing scene in “Network”, among the dozens of great performances(the man never stopped working).
    Great episode. Chris, you _have_ to ask Craig Ferguson for us if he’ll ever have Ted Levine on, considering how much mileage he’s gotten out of “Put the lotion in the basket!” Or has he tried & failed already?

    As for the Orthodox church/the Russian people, remember that the church was underground for the 7 decades of Soviet rule–they get very defensive now that they can practice any religion again. I suspect a lot of the populace sees what the band did and thinks, “You idiot children have no idea what we suffered for the church before you were born. How dare you desecrate what so many have died/gone to the gulag over?”

    And we do have 3rd party mention(Josephus’ diary of the first Jewish Revolt aginst Rome) of the historical Jesus(he used the Jewish form of the name, Joshua bar Joseph). But he talks about him as one of several famous prophets/agitators(think Python’s “Life of Brian”, with the street full of looneys preaching–absolutely based on history).

  20. Thamuz says:

    Great episode, guys. Fascinating interview and lovely to hear such spontaneous humour and engagement from Steve, particularly since he’s teetotal and still a great laugh. All the Nerdist crew have enormous gonads that dominate the world.

    Any chance of a UK podcast in the future? [cute puppy-dog, brink of tears, hopeful eyes]

    Also more interviews with people who rock, please! Ozzy was also awesome. My suggestions – Alice Cooper? Nergal from Behemoth?

  21. Aticus says:

    Hello Nerdist. Small problem. Not sure if this is happening for anyone else but anytime on I click the download button it no longer gives the “play online” or “download” options. It just starts to play automatically in the web browser. It only just started happening with this episode. Hope this made sense. Any help would be appreciated, much thanks!

  22. Patty Marvel says:

    OH, the anti-drug PSA! I do remember that as well, but I also remember thinking the line “Drugs suck” seemed funny and out of place because this much older guy was using language someone MY age would use.

    Listening to the show, I realized what a huge month October is going to be for Fearless Leader. He mentions the return of All-Star Bowling, but there’s also the NYC podcast*, his stand-up special (do we have an exact date yet?), his sobriety anniversary and, per the big circle on my calendar, “The Walking Dead” returns October 16th, which means “Talking Dead” isn’t too far behind. Have I missed anything? Any chance of CH appearing on “The Daily Show” or “The Colbert Report” while in NYC? THAT would make my day.

    *I got my ticket for the NYC podcast and am now working on travel and hotel accommodations. If anyone else on this list is going, how about we meet for dinner before the show? Diane and I are getting together – who wants to join us? And can anyone recommend a decent (read: not sleazy, but not expensive) restaurant within a short walk of the Best Buy Theater? IM me on Twitter – @PattyMarvel

  23. Jake says:

    This episode was really great.

  24. Waldo says:

    The name of the lead singer from the Zombies is Rod Argent. He was in a band called Argent, who did the song “Hold Your Head Up” and the original version of “God Gave Rock ‘n Roll To You.”

  25. Jake says:

    Whoa whoa guys, nbc did Community, the Office, 30 rock, parks and rec. Sure they might not be as good as they were, but they did Community! That’s got to give them some props.

  26. Tiffany Scott says:

    Lovely episode guys. I love how Chris is indoctrinating all his guests into the podcast world. I see what you’re doing sir. You will get all these awesome people on your network and then become the podcasting mogul you have always dreamed of being.

    Thanks for the laughs. Even the guests I don’t think I will like I really like.

  27. Ben Z says:

    I feel like Episode 250 has to be Dave Matthews now.

  28. stalkinggoat says:


    Where’s the pic of Steve Jones’ tattoo of Chuck Berry fucking Captain America?!

  29. amysrevenge says:

    Hilarious. Love this guy.

  30. spuzzmacher says:

    *also, no slaves necessary. The pyramids were built by competing construction crews of skilled craftsmen, all well paid by the treasury. As they’d finish their sections, they’d engrave their names with their victory over the other teams over doorways and whatnot.

    Look into it, it’s the tip of the iceberg of what is now known about that civilization. …which blew up, spread out, recombined, and became ours. Pretty awesome stuff.

  31. spuzzmacher says:

    Great podcast! You guys need to brush up on your developments in sci breakthroughs. The construction of the Pyramids has been figured out. Archaeology has found the internal ramp, timbers, & rigging holes to maneuver the blocks. Neandethalensis was not the dumb primates we previously thought, but had craft, music, and culture, and nearly all humans alive today (except for a few african lines) share some percentage of DNA with them from interbreeding. …before they were wiped out and finally hunted and executed by humans in competition for resources at the ice age. The denisovans are the mystery hominids.

  32. jgarfink says:

    I love how excited you guys get every time. I would totally listen to a podcast where people just say “JONESY’S STILL GOT IT” over and over.

  33. toonsmyth says:

    Ted Levine!! Played Capt. Stottlemeyer on MONK for what – 8 seasons? What, is Monk not Nerdist enough for you? ;P

    Great episode. Not a guest I would expect, but always enjoyable to just listen to you guys shoot the shit.

    But technically, you should NEVER shoot The Shit. Bullets just make him angry.

  34. Curtis says: