Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols

Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols

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Made to be the most high-profile confrontational record of the '70s, Never Mind the Bollocks is also one of the great rock records of all time. The Sex Pistols were the poster boys of punk rock; their followers dressed in combat boots wore spiked hair (often colored in hues not found in nature) and used oddly placed safety pins as accessories. Many record

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Made to be the most high-profile confrontational record of the '70s, Never Mind the Bollocks is also one of the great rock records of all time. The Sex Pistols were the poster boys of punk rock; their followers dressed in combat boots wore spiked hair (often colored in hues not found in nature) and used oddly placed safety pins as accessories. Many record companies were frightened by the controversy caused by the single "God Save the Queen," an effective rebuke to the nationalism surrounding the Royal Jubilee. Finally, then small time Virgin Records released it and had an instant classic on its hands. Original bassist Glen Matlock and guitarist Steve Jones brought a considerable songcraft to tunes, which jackhammered their way into the listener's consciousness. "Anarchy in the U.K.," perhaps their greatest single, launches with "I am an anti-Christ/I am a An-ar-chirst/I don't know what I want/But I know how to get it/I want to destroy/Pacify/'cause I want to be in An-ar-chy." The establishment was repulsed. Rolling Stone featured them on the cover with the headline was "Rock is Sick and living in London." Though they broke up as quickly as they burst on the scene, Pistols won respect in other circles. Neil Young heralded them in his "My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)." Bassist Sid Vicious who had replaced Matlock shortly after Never Mind... was recorded was subject of the film Sid and Nancy, which told of their tragic affair and deaths. Lydon reformed the Pistols for a cynical reunion tour in the early '90s, but little can diminish the vitality of their only true recording.

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Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075992734721
catalogNumber:
3147
Rank:
3278

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