Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols

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The most famous (and infamous) band of the late 70s punk scene. Their rebellious image combined with a commercial sound (partly thanks to producer Chris Thomas) created some of the most memorable moments of the 70s - both musical and otherwise. Line-up: Johnny Rotten (John Lydon, b. January 31, 1956 - vocals), Steve Jones (b. September 3, 1955 - guitar), Sid Vicious (John Ritchie aka John Beverley, b. May 10, 1957 - bass, kind of; replaced original bassist Glen Matlock) and Paul Cook (b. July 20, 1956 - drums).

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 (Performer).
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Sex Pistols Discography

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Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols (Album, Single) Virgin Japan 1977 Sell This Version
Sex Pistols Some Product - Carri On Sex Pistols (Album) Virgin UK 1979 Sell This Version
Sex Pistols The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Album, Comp) Virgin Japan 1979 Sell This Version
The Sex Pistols* The Heyday Factory UK 1980 Sell This Version
The Original Pistols* Live (Album, Comp) Receiver Records Limited UK 1985 Sell This Version
Sex Pistols The Mini Album (MiniAlbum) Chaos Records (2) UK 1985 Sell This Version
Sex Pistols 10th Anniversary Album (Album, Comp) MBC Records Europe 1986 Sell This Version
APKPD 13 Sex Pistols Original Pistols Live(12", MiniAlbum, Pic) American Phonograph APKPD 13 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SPCFC 102 Sex Pistols Cash From Chaos(LP, Album) Penguin SPCFC 102 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
Sex Pistols We've Cum For Your Children (Wanted: The Goodman Tapes) (Comp, Album) Skyclad Records US 1988 Sell This Version
Sex Pistols Better Live Than Dead (Album, EP) Restless Records Japan 1986 Sell This Version
The Sex Pistols* / The Ex Pistols The Sex Pistols* / The Ex Pistols - The Swindle Continues (Comp, Album) Restless Records Japan 1988 Sell This Version
Sex Pistols Live And Loud!! (Album) Link Records (4) UK 1989 Sell This Version
Sex Pistols "No Future U.K?" (Comp, Album) Receiver Records Limited UK 1989 Sell This Version
The Sex Pistols* Live At Chelmsford Top Security Prison (Album) Restless Records Japan 1990 Sell This Version
Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant (Comp) Receiver Records Limited UK 1991 Sell This Version
Sex Pistols Better Live Than Dead (Comp, Album) Dojo Limited UK 1992 Sell This Version
CDVX 2702, 0777 7 86484 27, DISC 2 Sex Pistols Live In Trondheim 21st July 1977(CD, Album, Dig) Virgin Records Ltd., Virgin Records Ltd., Virgin Records Ltd. CDVX 2702, 0777 7 86484 27, DISC 2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
Sex Pistols Feat. Sid Vicious Sex Pistols Feat. Sid Vicious - Anarchy In The USA (Comp) MBC Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
Sex Pistols Live At Winterland 1978 (Album) When! Recordings UK 1996 Sell This Version
Sex Pistols Filthy Lucre Live (Album) Virgin, Virgin Poland 1996 Sell This Version
2140018 Sex Pistols, The Bollock Brothers Sex Pistols, The Bollock Brothers - The Sex Pistols Vs The Bollock Brothers(CD, Album) MBC Records 2140018 UK 1996 Sell This Version
TIN 025 Sex Pistols No, Feeling, No, Fun!(CD, Tin) Harmony Music TIN 025 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
TECW-20577 Sex Pistols Anarchy In The U.K.(CD, Album) Receiver Records Limited TECW-20577 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
Sex Pistols There Is No Future (Comp, Album) Castle Music, Essential UK 1999 Sell This Version

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guardianigor

guardianigor

May 20, 2017
Most overrated piece of shit released in entire music history !
Rich.C

Rich.C

December 16, 2016
Let's get one thing straight: the Sex Pistols did not "invent" Punk -- in fact, they were modeled after New York rockers the Heartbreakers. Piddling technicality aside, not since Elvis had a single act caused such a ruckus. Though their career was extremely short-lived (lasting from November 1976 to January 1978), their impact on rock 'n' roll -- and popular culture as a whole -- is absolutely immeasurable. By now the story of their birth is legend. Manager Malcolm McLaren owned a small boutique, original bassist Glenn Matlock (later replaced by Sid Vicious) was an employee. Guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and vocalist Johnny Rotten were regulars. Soon the simple coupling of Jones' aggressive guitar work and Rotten's total irreverence for authority had galvanized a growing legion of disgruntled, lower class youth and earned them an official ban across their home country. More than that (and at risk of aligning them with Situationism, Marcus-style), the Pistols were an assault on the norm by its outcasts, a powerful force that made kids around the world (and, paradoxically, the corporate music establishment) feel OK about rebellion. They may not have invented Punk rock, nor operated on the principles that would later define it, but there wouldn't have been a Punk rock movement without them.
At the end of the day the sex pistols achieved what they set out to achieve, by their own admission they were not talented musicians or lyrical geniuses but they never claimed to be, they used music as a vehicle to transport their political messages, sending a rallying cry to the left wing masses which was to be picked up later by the Clash.
They were undoubtedly one of the most controversial/influential bands of all time that has to be a fact, but there influence on bands wasn't as clear cut as people think. Having read Bernard Sumners autobiography he sums it up well, the pistols showed to many young, Karl Marx reading lefty that anyone could get on stage and shout anti-establishment, anti-everything lyrics into a microphone. This was the inspiration for Warsaw (who would later go on to form Joy Division) listen to their early material and the pistols influence is there. Non longer considered persona non grata at alot of Universities and clubs Lydon played at, the Pistols story is certainly unique, its a shame Lydon doesn't get the credit he deserves, I actually think he has a pretty decent voice, listen to Leftfield - Open up and Lydons voice sounds top drawer, today most people just associate him with the country life butter advert on TV!!
sklerici

sklerici

November 13, 2016
The world litterary changed after punk, but we talk about music: steve jones guitar sound is the most simple and at the meantime powerful you can hear in r'n'r history. You can compare this sound only with the one of kurt cobain. There's a connection never mind/nevermind that cannot be ignored
punkrockerdude13

punkrockerdude13

February 21, 2016
The most important rockband of the whole 20th century. Never Mind The Bollocks - the most important, and in my opinion "best" - album. The impact they made, musically, socially and culturally can not be overrated.
vicious-gimmick

vicious-gimmick

June 16, 2015
THE MOST IMPORTANT BAND THAT THERE EVER WAS - EVER WILL BE - WITHOUT THEM MUSIC NOW WOULD BE BLANKET ELEVATOR MUSIC - GOD SAVE THE SEX PISTOLS AND THE SEX PISTOLS "ARE" GOD........!
GrahamTweed

GrahamTweed

June 10, 2013
"Who cares about the music?" Spat Lydon, they did, he does, Malcolm... not so sure. Punk is a belief, an attitude, the sound IS important but it's the backing track for your own opinion, you make the noise, others dance to it.
revmutt

revmutt

March 21, 2013
To not understand the importance of the Sex Pistols as both a definitive and universally understood statement that change was here is to deny history. The change had already come in the United States where it had been brewing for years but the Sex Pistols really reached further then anyone had before. One can waste time on the "story" of the and or the mythology and come away with nothing but an entertaining romp. The Pistols are one of the bands that caused thousands of kids to pick up instruments and play, that in its self is an undeniable realty. The fact that their music remains a fresh reminder of not just a moment but an overall feeling is testament.
Robotrock04

Robotrock04

February 4, 2013
Hmm, Sex Pistols are a funny one for me. I do like them a lot, and I think that Nevermind... is a very good album with some excellent songs (adding to that John Lydon/Johnny Rotten has one of my favorite voices in rock music), but for me they'll always be second best to The Clash. I fully appreciate their importance in music history/pop culture at large, and their legendary status but I can't help but feel that The Clash were light years ahead of them if you were to concentrate only on music. Maybe my opinions would be different if I had have lived through the times, but as I was born years after the whole punk scene the controversy the Sex Pistols generated means nothing to me, I can only base my opinions on their music they created. For me they cared more about shock value than the actual music, although that was probably the entire point to begin with. For me the music should always be an artist's priority however. Not to mention Sex Pistols had Sid Vicious and I can't think of anyone more undeserving of being mythologized than he is. Don't get me wrong, they were a good band, but I can't say I view them as one of the all time greats.
Crijevo

Crijevo

July 29, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
Well, it's all in history books now - more for their image and massive media exposure, (The) Sex Pistols delivered one sole album which is a collection of previously cut singles plus an endless list of 'Bollocks' replicas afterwards. Without them very little or nothing would be achieved or considered musical democracy and as such they should be greeted for centuries to come as music progresses into new forms and deforms.

The paradox has it, Punk is a hopelessly dated thing regarding three-chord musical philosophy, but its beliefs are what counts - nevermind the fashion tricks McLaren in particular managed to shape up, or countless imitators nowadays.

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