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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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Tear down the great wall in China.
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Who writes this stuff. Wake man did leave Yes before Tales tour. He toured then left
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It was a swindle
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melinda.odon n e l l 5
Great revolution group!!
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gnreigel3
Tail Cruz is awesome
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Well…God save the Queen
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Sex Pistols and The Ramones best punk bands ever.... honorable mentions,,, Minor Threat and Social Distortion.
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RIP Sid you were awesome when you were alive and then you died of a heroin overdose. (you were a rocker after all)
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They were supposed to be a manufactured band like the Monkees but Johnny was to smart and Steve and Paul were to tough to tell what to do. By the time Sid came around it was over. He'll never say so but I think when John let Sid in he knew it was going to blow up-kinda funny he just had PIL waiting for him to sell millions of records and sell out venues worldwide. He did win the court case and did the reunion tours for his mates though.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this on at least 5 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that you're reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes and when you're done press F6 and you lovers name will appear in big letters. This is so scary. It actually works.
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Do you think that if Sid would have never met that sniveling CU&T Nancy 'Sponger', he would still be alive today...? I do.
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love the Swindle!!!
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F**k yea
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Cause I want to be ...Anarchy!! No dog:s body!
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Punk saved my f**kn life!!!
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You should watch Sid Viscous's funny parady of Frank Sinatra's song my way
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RIP, Sid Viscous
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They started it all
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Woody's right, Punk changed music like nothing ever could have
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milosdad
Great band, great music, Punk!
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No Pistols No Punk No Punk No Music
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If you don't like the sex pistols then you just don't like punk. It's as simple as that. Bobonnit, I've said it before on many other comment boards for many other artists and In various ways and I'll say it again, you are a first class royal idiotic moron who has no good clue as to what good music is in most any genre of it. So go try some easy listening station and go leave some stupid comments there! Pistols=punk !
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1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
5 post this on 15 different songs and the day you pick your crush will ask you out
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I wrote a report on them for school recently. I avoided saying the name till the very end, just detailed their acheivements - most notably being banned in their home country, and I got a detention. SEX PISTOLS?!?!? ! Sex Pistols.
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The Sex Pistols may have been, in large part, the creation of a boutique manager - with contrived fashion style and street image - but... if you're banned by your home country for being 'dangerous to the fabric of society,' then you are as Punk as it gets, honestly.
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this is punk not f**king avril lavigne
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Sex Pistols is honestly Punk at it's finest in my eyes.
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Karma bobnit Thats Why
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Sub-Mission is Hello, I Love You chords played in reverse order-kinda. Everything is recycled Chuck Berry and Bay City Rollers, Abba, s**t like that.
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Wtf 5sos isnt punk rock
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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.
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One of the worst bands in history, totally over rated and why is this garbage on my station ?
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i wish someone would tell avril lavigne that what she calls punk is nothing compared to the pistols
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I love Johnny's voice!!!! especially his laugh!!!
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I don't like Johnny's voice.
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I love 5SOS, but, I introduce to the 5SOSfam..... . . . . . . . a real punk band. Learn the meaning of punk!!
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If I listen to slickers, I want garage music. Get it together cuttie-pie.
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Steve jones got his guitar amp when he posed as a roadie and stole it from Bob Marley
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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.
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punk rules
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Love this band
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SID VICIOUS IS MY HERO HE IS A LEGEND. Yeah maybe he didnt know how to play the bass but he is still badass
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veronicawarr e n 2 0
texas killed the pistols..... . . . .
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Love this crappy band
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@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).
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@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.
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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!
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i like ABBA :3
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The opening riffs are from a AbbA lil boys and girls.
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