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). They effectively split up after their 1978 US tour, although Jones and Cook continued to record under the name for another year or so.

The original line-up reformed in 1996 for a series of concert tours, and has played live shows off and on since then, and released live recordings.
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YX-7199-AX Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols album art Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols (Album, Single) Virgin YX-7199-AX Japan 1977 Sell This Version
VR2 Sex Pistols - Some Product - Carri On Sex Pistols album art Sex Pistols Some Product - Carri On Sex Pistols (Album) Virgin VR2 UK 1979 Sell This Version
300 279-406, 300 277, 300 278 Sex Pistols - The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle album art Sex Pistols The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Album, Comp) Virgin 300 279-406, 300 277, 300 278 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
2933 788 Sex Pistols - Some Product - Carri On Sex Pistols album art Sex Pistols Some Product - Carri On Sex Pistols(LP) Virgin 2933 788 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
Fact.30 Sex Pistols - The Heyday album art The Sex Pistols* The Heyday Factory Fact.30 UK 1980 Sell This Version
APOCA 3 Sex Pistols - The Mini Album album art Sex Pistols The Mini Album (MiniAlbum, EP) Chaos Records (2) APOCA 3 UK 1985 Sell This Version
RRLC 101 Sex Pistols - Live album art The Original Pistols* Live (Album, MiniAlbum, Comp) Receiver Records Limited RRLC 101 UK 1985 Sell This Version
35161-25, 35162-00 Sex Pistols - Better Live Than Dead album art Sex Pistols Better Live Than Dead (Album, EP) Vap 35161-25, 35162-00 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
LINK LP 063 Sex Pistols - Live And Loud!! album art Sex Pistols Live And Loud!! (Album) Link Records (4) LINK LP 063 UK 1989 Sell This Version
RRLC 117 Sex Pistols - No Future U.K? album art Sex Pistols No Future U.K? Receiver Records Limited RRLC 117 UK 1989 Sell This Version
TFCK-88513 Sex Pistols - Live At Chelmsford Top Security Prison album art The Sex Pistols* Live At Chelmsford Top Security Prison (Album) Restless Records TFCK-88513 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
VACM-1114 Sex Pistols - Live At Winterland 1978 album art Sex Pistols Live At Winterland 1978 When! Recordings VACM-1114 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 41926 4 8, VUSMC 116 Sex Pistols - Filthy Lucre Live album art Sex Pistols Filthy Lucre Live (Album, EP) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 41926 4 8, VUSMC 116 Poland 1996 Sell This Version
TIN 025 Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The U.K. (Live At The 76 Club) album art Sex Pistols Anarchy In The U.K. (Live At The 76 Club) (Album, Comp) Boxart TIN 025 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
2140018 Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols Vs The Bollock Brothers album art 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
YEAAH5 Sex Pistols - Ace Fish album art Sex Pistols Ace Fish(2xCD) Yeaah! YEAAH5 UK 2000 Sell This Version
47097 Sex Pistols - Submission album art Sex Pistols Submission(CD) Delta Music 47097 UK 2002 Sell This Version
BVCM-37761 Sex Pistols - Spunk album art Sex Pistols Spunk (Album) Sanctuary Records BVCM-37761 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
HIPPYBX001 Sex Pistols - Never Trust A Hippy album art Sex Pistols Never Trust A Hippy (Comp) Hippy Records (2) HIPPYBX001 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
74517 Sex Pistols - Agents Of Anarchy - File 2: Submission - Disc Two album art Sex Pistols Agents Of Anarchy - File 2: Submission - Disc Two LandMark (3) 74517 UK 2008 Sell This Version
74518 Sex Pistols - Agents Of Anarchy album art Sex Pistols Agents Of Anarchy(2xCD) LandMark (3) 74518 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
74516 Sex Pistols - Agents Of Anarchy - File 1: The Goodman Tapes - Disc One album art Sex Pistols Agents Of Anarchy - File 1: The Goodman Tapes - Disc One(CD) LandMark (3) 74516 UK 2008 Sell This Version
96 001 Sex Pistols - Best Of The Sex Pistols Tour 1996 album art Sex Pistols Best Of The Sex Pistols Tour 1996(10xCD, Album, RM + Box, Ltd, Num) 96 Records (3) 96 001 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
none Sex Pistols - God Save Sex Pistols album art Sex Pistols God Save Sex Pistols UMC, UMC none Europe 2016 Sell This Version
RRSCV006 Sex Pistols - Live At Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Italy July 10th 1996 album art Sex Pistols Live At Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Italy July 10th 1996 (Album) Radiation Reissues RRSCV006 Italy 2019 Sell This Version

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angusjhmcintyre

angusjhmcintyre

December 21, 2019
I have a Picture Disc Vinyl Copy of The Sex Pistols Riverboat Live Thames Gig ! I am very confident that it's a Bootleg or a Fan Club Edition ... but can not find this (version)
Anywhere !!
floydvinyl

floydvinyl

May 21, 2018
The Clash, The Damned, Stiff Little Fingers, 999 and The Stranglers were all streets ahead of the Sex Pistols, both musically and politically.
Essentially, the Sex Pistols were rubbish... right time, right place, but essentially crap.
Never Mind has a couple of decent tracks, but that is about it.
It was a Swindle.
Ever get the feeling that You've been cheated?
DriveMusic0

DriveMusic0

February 9, 2018
Every lyrical word by John pure heartfelt and honest , Steve Jones guitar genius
mabean1967

mabean1967

August 21, 2017
Hi, looking for a bit of help ?I have my way / no one is innocent 7"single cat number VS220. It's a mis press with "both sides" by Magazine instead of no one is innocent . I've tried looking online and i've been into a few record collectors and no one can tell me anything about it? I can find no info on it at all? anyone heard of this ? if so any ideas how much it's worth? thanks
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.
zagzigg

zagzigg

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.

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