Steve Ignorant has dimissed a new punk compilation CD being released as a benefit for the National Trust. Never Mind the Dovecotes is an 18-track release, featuring songs by artists including Sham 69, X-Ray Spex, GBH, and Slaughter and the Dogs.

The Independent reported (4 August 2011):

It is estimated that half a million of the Trust’s members were aged between 16-25 in the late 1970s when the establishment was in uproar over the appearance of disaffected bondage-trouser clad youths in the nation’s new concrete shopping centres.

Now it hopes to cash in on the demographic shift by selling the album at its gift shops and online to fund conservation work on its historic homes and ancient landscapes.

“Over thirty years on, many of them now enjoy family outings with their children and families at parks, beaches and historic houses. Perhaps, though, this collection will offer them the chance to rekindle a little of that youthful spirit,” explained Phillippa Green, National Trust brand licensing manager.

Ignorant is unimpressed at the news:

“For me punk was not about dressing up in strange clothes and going to nightclubs in London. It was about getting on the streets and protesting about stuff,” he said.

“It just goes to show how shallow that part of the punk movement always was and always will be,” he said. “What’s it going to be next? You are sitting in ye olde tea shop listening to the Sex Pistols? I can’t get that at all,” he added.

John Lydon has also registered annoyance with the inclusion of two Sex Pistols songs on the release. His objection is entirely focused on what he claims is the lack of proper licensing and financial agreements. In widely reported comments, he says: ‘I would like to be able to trust the National Trust but from this point forward I can’t… No one however has even spoke to myself or my management, or had a conversation with myself or my management about this album. Never Mind The… Permission.’

Never Mind the Dovecotes