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By Billy Altman

Recognizing that there's no such thing as bad publicity, manager-Svengali Malcolm McLaren molded the Pistols into the most confrontational, nihilistic band rock & roll had ever seen. Propelled by Johnny Rotten's maniacal vocals, Steve Jones's buzz-saw guitar, and (most importantly) bass player Glen Matlock's hook-filled compositional skills, the Pistols' early singles "Anarchy in the U.K." and "God Save the Queen" defined the raging style of British punk. By the time they recorded their lone 1977 album, Matlock had been bounced, replaced by the image-correct but utterly untalented (and ultimately group-dooming) Sid Vicious. Not a 10th as good as the singles, the album nontheless remains a bile-filled emblem of the times.

Tracks
1. Holidays in the Sun7. Seventeen
2. Bodies8. Anarchy in the U.K.
3. No Feelings9. Submission
4. Liar10. Pretty Vacant
5. Problems11. New York
6. God Save the Queen12. E.M.I.

 

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"This album was a culteral statement, not a musical masterpiece. It doesn't belong on a list of great musical achievments. Rubish."

--Zolt

"I think it's one of the best punk rock records ever, but maybe it's a bit overproduced (I'm thinking of the guitar sound). I guess that's because Steve Jones insisted on having it that way. However, I love it and I always will. I love the Professionals records too. Steve is my favorite guitar player."

--Zluggo Pop

"Hmmm..... Regarding reviewer B. Altman's opinions about the Sex Pistols, especially the insinuation that Glen Matlock carried the band musically:

- Let's look at what Matlock did after parting ways with the Sex Pistols. Let's see, he played bass on the Iggy Pop album 'Soldier', and, uh, well, that's all I can find any mention of anywhere. Matlock was competent, but he was no creative genius. It should also be noted that he was the only Sex Pistol who had been playing his instrument for a while. The others were still learning the basics at that point.

- Mr. Altman may not be aware of it, but it was Matlock playing bass on 'Never Mind The Bollocks...'. John Beverly ('Vicious') was still too inept of a bass player to record with. Beverly was a chilhood friend of John ('Rotten') Lydon's, which was the chief reason he got the job. (Okay, yeah, he had the look, too....) Matlock (whose well-fed, middle-class background annoyed Lydon to no end, and the reason he left) was literally hired as a session player for recording the album.

- Saying the album is "one-tenth as good" as the singles is an odd statement to make, since the material on the album was mostly material from the singles to begin with. And, as the singles are thousand-dollar collector items, there's not much chance of many people getting their hands on those, are there?

For a better historical perspective on the Sex Pistols, track down these books: - Rotten: No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish" by John Lydon.
- "The Boy Looked At Johnny" by Julie Burchill and Tony Parsons. (This one is by far the most interesting perspective on the early punk scene; the style and attitude is so venom-laced (Sample line, regarding American bands: "No American new wave band likes the other, but they all have clean butts and a nasty taste in their mouths.") that it will never be dull to leaf through.)"

--OddManOut

"I picked up "Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols" when I was 15, I'm 17 now. I had been reading a lot of British authored books (particularly "Human Punk" by John King) and in nearly every one, there was mention to the Sex Pistols. I'd heard of them before that but this intrigued me. So I went out and bought myself a copy. I took it home and sat down and listened to it. At first I didn't know what to think, it was so unlike anything I'd ever heard! I listened to it again and again and again. I loved it! I couldn't beleive I'd missed this! I immediately became a Sex Pistols maniac. I read up as much as I could on the band and founf they had two nbass players Glen Matlock and Sid Vicious. Now I'd heard of Sid before, but I wouldn't blame him for the band's demise. It was obvious it would happen. Sid was just an easily impressionable kid who got thrown into the wonderful world of sex, drugs and punk rock."

--Indica

"The first song I heard by the pistols was Anarchy in the U.K. It was about 5 years ago at a party. Now , I listen to them non-stop. I own every album that was released by them in America. They all kick ass, but you have to start with Nevermind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols."

--Anonymous

"As a 15-year old growing up in a lower middle class suburb in Memphis called "Frayser", I wasn't lucky enough to be exposed to the likes of the MC5, Velvet Underground, and the Stooges during the early Super70s. Memphis radio fed us a steady diet of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin on the rock side, and the Village People, KC & the Sunshine Band, and the Bee Gees on the disco side. And, as Mike Myers said in Wayne's World, "kids in the suburbs were practically issued copies of Frampton Comes Alive." But in the Summer of '77, a whole new thing came along that changed forever the way I looked (or listened) to music.

One of my best friend's sisters worked at Peaches Records in Memphis that summer. Of course, the routine in the record store business is that someone takes home all the promotional records that no one will ever buy. That summer she brought home copies of the Ramones "Rocket to Russia," Richard Hell and the Voidoids "Blank Generation," Sham 69's "Tell Us the Truth," Talking Heads "77," Television's "Marquee Moon," the first Clash album, and of course, "Never Mind the Bollocks" by the Pistols. I still remember those big neon pink Warners Brothers promo stickers on the covers. The Pistols album probably changed things the most for me. Hell, we didn't even know what a "bollock" was (I remember looking it up in the dictionary), but the punk message wasn't lost on us. I was a teenager in a lower middle class suburb in the summer, and was going to school at a well-respected academy in the rich part of town the rest of the year.

I didn't really feel as if I fit in at either place too well. Elvis died that summer on my 16th birthday and I didn't bat an eye (and, I never had a peaceful birthday in Memphis after that). The 2 and 3-minute anthems on this album and the others mentioned had become our personal soundtracks by that autumn as we returned for our junior year in high school. We listened to that album and the first Clash album every day on the bus ride across town to school. My friend had an orange plastic 8-track player that used six "D" sized batteries...and the batteries would be dead by the ride home each day. That next January in 1978, the Pistols actually came to town on an icy cold night and played a club called the Taliesyn Ballroom. It had a fancy name but was pretty much a dump. Some footage of the show and fan interviews can be found on the Pistols documentary movie. The show was only the second U.S. show for the Pistols and the band would be broken up forever about six weeks later. Even the Taliesyn burned down a few weeks after the show which seemed a fitting demise. I didn't get to go to the show as I was only 16 and a half and they put up a 17 age minimum. I think the Memphis Vice Squad had something to do with that. The Memphis Fire Marshall even tried to stop the show at the last minute, but it happened anyway. Many of the ticket holders were not allowed in initially by the Fire Marshall and a few broken windows and scuffles ensued. After a few songs, there was a steady stream of folks leaving the building. I don't know what they thought they were going to see...I guess most were just unimpressed curiosity seekers. By the time the show was over, the doormen were allowing people in off the streets for free. I had one friend who was already 17 and he was in after about an hour. I was jealous of him for a long time (still am actually). He wore his pink and green neon Sex Pistols shirt to our fine religious academy the next day and was quickly sent out the door on suspension by the authorities before he corrupted the morals of the school.

Now at age 40, I think that early exposure to punk kept my mind open for each new musical style that came along. I quickly embraced new wave, grunge, and industrial through the Awesome80s and 90's and into 2000. Most of my current friends still wonder when I'll grow up and listen to adult contemporary, but all I can say is "not bloody likely!" I no longer have my Pistols 8-tracks, but I still have the LP, CD."

--Terence Davis

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MUSICAL NOTES

Artist: Sex Pistols

Released: October 27, 1977

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Gold


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