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Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols may have only been together for two years in the late '70s, but they changed the face of popular music. Through their raw, nihilistic singles and violent performances, the band revolutionized the idea of what rock & roll could be. In England, the group was considered dangerous to the very fabric of society and was banned across the country; in America, they didn't have the same impact, but countless bands in both countries were inspired by the sheer sonic force of their music, while countless others were inspired by their independent, do-it-yourself ethics. Even if they didn't release any singles by themselves, there was an implicit independence in the way they played their music and handled their career. The band gave birth to the massive independent music underground in England and America that would soon include bands that didn't have a direct musical connection to the Sex Pistols' initial three-minute blasts of rage, but couldn't have existed without those singles.

Guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook were regulars at a boutique owned by their manager, Malcolm McLaren; bassist Glen Matlock worked at the store. Vocalist John Lydon, who would later perform under the name Johnny Rotten, met the rest of the group at the shop and was asked to join the band. While the band played simple rock & roll loudly and abrasively, Rotten arrogantly sang of anarchy, abortion, violence, fascism, and apathy; without Rotten, the band wouldn't have been threatening to England's government -- he provided the band's conceptual direction, calculated to be as confrontational and threatening as possible. The publicity caused by their caustic first single "Anarchy in the U.K." caused the band to be dropped by their record label, EMI. Matlock was fired before their next single "God Save the Queen," which was released on Virgin; it was banned by the BBC. Matlock's replacement was Sid Vicious, a tough street kid who, unlike the rest of the band, couldn't play his instrument.

After releasing one album, Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols, in 1977, the band headed over to the U.S. for a tour in January of 1978; it lasted 14 days. Rotten left the band after their show at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom on January 14, heading back to New York; he would form Public Image Limited later that year. McLaren tried to continue the band but Cook and Jones soon turned against him. In the two decades following the Sex Pistols' implosion, an endless stream of outtakes, demos, repackagings, and live shows were released on a variety of labels, which only helped their cult grow.

In 1996, to celebrate their impending twentieth anniversary, the Sex Pistols reunited, with original bassist Glen Matlock taking the place of the deceased Sid Vicious. The band embarked on an international tour in June of 1996, releasing the Filthy Lucre Live album the following month. Four years later, Julien Temple (who helmed the band's first movie, The Great Rock & Roll Swindle) directed the documentary film The Filth & the Fury. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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While I'm sure everyone will call bobo an idiot (he probably is), I don't particularly care for the Sex Pistols myself. That, however, doesn't lead me to call them terrible or overrated. Bobo is just trolling.
One of the worst bands in history, totally over rated and why is this garbage on my station ?
i wish someone would tell avril lavigne that what she calls punk is nothing compared to the pistols
bek_evergree n
I love Johnny's voice!!!! especially his laugh!!!
I don't like Johnny's voice.
I love 5SOS, but, I introduce to the 5SOSfam..... . . . . . . . a real punk band. Learn the meaning of punk!!
If I listen to slickers, I want garage music. Get it together cuttie-pie.
Steve jones got his guitar amp when he posed as a roadie and stole it from Bob Marley
I have this album played only twice on my phonograph . still has the original plastic seal with stickers open at one end . I wish my other punk records were so well taken care of.
punk rules
Love this band
SID VICIOUS IS MY HERO HE IS A LEGEND. Yeah maybe he didnt know how to play the bass but he is still badass
texas killed the pistols..... . . . .
Love this crappy band
@John Drummond

While Nancy Spungen's murder remains unsolved, it's far more likely that she was killed by a drug dealer than Sid. And as far as I know, he overdosed as his suicide (and his mother assisted... that's damn creepy).
@baconandegg s 7 0 8

While Simon Ritchie (Sid Vicious) did have several personal demons (and yes, possibly including mental illness), he was not a sociopath who completely lacked empathy for other people. That's a pretty serious diagnosis to flippantly give someone. I would guess bipolar disorder (like Nancy Spungen) long before I would call him a legitimate sociopath.
Sid had no talent, and had serious mental issues, (Possibly an Anti-social or sociopath, or a combo of many mental disorders) in which the drug abuse only made it worse, obviously! The Sex Pistols style totally changed for the worse when he was hired!
i like ABBA :3
Hu
The opening riffs are from a AbbA lil boys and girls.
For stupid f**ks only
if u waanna kick someone in the teeth for advertising stupid s**t on the sex pistols page its totally free plus the cost of legal fees
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sex pistols rule!
I love Sid❤️ I wanna watch the movie.!!!!
And one know where I could find the Sid and Nancy movie? I need to watch that s**t again it changed me lol
So I guess that business about Sid slashing his girlfriend to death while in a drug-fueled stupor and later hanging himself was just a figment of my fading memory. My bad.
Bullshit f**kers didn't mention the dude who made them hardcore punk gods r.i.p. sid
To spyworldone, I believe, sir, that you are gay. I say that because there's a lot other punk bands that are just as great as the Sex Pistols, such as early Green Day, the Misfits, Black Flag, Minor Threat, the Teen Idles, and many other late seventies and early eighties punk bands. Anyways, reconsider your statement after this. Thanks.
spyworldone
SEX PISTOLS RULE.....ALL THE OTHER PUNKS ARE GAY

If you follow the directions and repost this message 4 times on any song within 10 minuets you will come in contact with good fortune. Go to http://givem e m o n e y f o r n o r e a s o n . w e e b l y . c o m / , click anywhere and type (signal 5) then go Wikipedia and click random article and your good fortune will be in relation to that article. ****IMPORTAN T * * * * FOLLOW the directions with COMPLETE precision, visiting the websites in the correct order. //got a wiki about penguins :p, wonder what that translates to
love their Roadrunner cover !! classic nonsense !!!!! hahahah love it!!
But...What about the Bollocks? We never hear about them anymore...
Or self reliance and science...?
ocassiuso
The clueless still argue that the Clash had content and the Pistols didn't.
Childhood classic...
No mention of Sid Viciuos in the bio?
We need to kickstart the punk movement once again!!!!!! PUNK FOREVER!!!! follow me if you agree!!!!
The bottom defining line... I saw the Sex Pistols live.
Hi. I was 6 yrs old when their album came out. I remember my older brother playing his records in his room with his girlfriends and the door closed. And outside that closed door playing with my Hott Wheels and Matchbox cars, absorbing every note of music and every lyric and also learning about life and how to bed some really lovely girls along the way. I remember listening to Jim Croce, Elton John, Bowie, Queen, Stones, Beatles, the Carpenters, Anne Murray, Heart, Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, Doors, He
Love this s**t woo hoo !!!
PROBLEMS CLASSIC !!
Why do I love this so much
I love how they're so reckless
I named my cat Sid Vicious; he's a bad a**.
All hail the Sex Pistols! I discovered them in high school in '77 and instantly fell in love. I remember getting into so many arguments at parties about the merits of punk. Great times; terrible times....... . t o paraphrase Dickens.
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