Sex Pistols Legend Paul Cook on First New Professionals Album in 36 Years
It’s been a long 36 years since British punks the Professionals have written a new album. Thankfully, What in the World is out now and Sex Pistols legend Paul Cook dropped by our studio with guitarist Tom Spencer to chat about the new record.
After the dissolution of the Sex Pistols in 1978, the surviving band members all went off to form new projects. Guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook started the Professionals, a working class punk band that experienced moderate success in the U.K. before disbanding in 1982. Cook resurrected the band in 2015 and finally put out a new record this year.
What in the World showcases a ton of cameos from rock royalty like Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and The Clash’s Mick Jones. “I’m good friends with The Clash,” Cook says. “The whole punk movement, everyone thinks it was all buddies together going out and drinking and all that stuff. It wasn’t really like that, it was all pretty competitive, really, back in the day. When we meet up with all those guys who were in bands, there is an affinity with everyone, like war stories.”
The Professionals also paid tribute to both David Bowie and Lemmy Kilmister with the track “Going, Going, Gone.” “Lemmy was always a feature around the pubs in London. Everyone knew Lemmy,” Cooks remembers. “He was a big punk fan, Lemmy. [Motorhead] created a new style of metal as well, with the speed, punky, metal stuff.”
Check out our interview with the Professionals above and click here to grab the band’s new album, What in the World.
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