The Sex Pistols wrote "Liar" mostly about Malcolm McClaren, who put the band together and was their first manager. In the song, they accuse him of greed and incompetence.
"We were just hapless young idiots really and we were really unprepared for the world of greed and adulthood that we were thrown into so quickly," lead singer John Lydon
told Rolling Stone
. "Everyone had their piece of poisonous influence to whisper in your ear, and that could cause great division. So I just came around to the point where instead of allowing division, I would unleash my derision."