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Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols may have only been together for two years in the late '70s, but they helped changed the faceof popular music. Through theirraw, nihilistic singles and violent performances, the band revolutionized theidea of what rock & roll could be. In England, the group wasconsidered dangerous to the very fabric of societyand was banned across the country; in America, they didn't have the same impact, butcountless bands inboth countries were inspired by the sheer sonic force of their music, while countless others were inspired bytheirindependent, do-it-yourself ethics. Even if they didn ...read more

The Sex Pistols may have only been together for two years in the late '70s, but they helped changed the faceof popular music. Through theirraw, nihilistic singles and violent performances, the band revolutionized theidea of what rock & roll could be. In England, the group wasconsidered dangerous to the very fabric of societyand was banned across the country; in America, they didn't have the same impact, butcountless bands inboth countries were inspired by the sheer sonic force of their music, while countless others were inspired bytheirindependent, do-it-yourself ethics. Even if they didn't release any singles by themselves, there was animplicit independence in the way theyplayed their music and handled their career. The band gave birth to themassive independent music underground in England and America thatwould soon include bands that didn'thave a direct musical connection to the Sex Pistols' initial three-minute blasts of rage, but couldn'thaveexisted without those singles.Guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook were regulars at a boutique owned by their manager,MalcolmMcLaren; bassist Glen Matlock worked at the store. Vocalist John Lydon, who would later perform under thename Johnny Rotten, metthe rest of the group at the shop and was asked to join the band. While the bandplayed simple rock & roll loudly and abrasively, Rottenarrogantly sang of anarchy, abortion, violence, fascism,and apathy; without Rotten, the band wouldn't have been threatening to England'sgovernment -- heprovided the band's conceptual direction, calculated to be as confrontational and threatening as possible. Thepublicity causedby their caustic first single "Anarchy in the U.K." caused the band to be dropped by theirrecord label, EMI. Matlock was fired before their nextsingle "God Save the Queen," which was released onVirgin; it was banned by the BBC. Matlock's replacement was Sid Vicious, a tough streetkid who, unlike therest of the band, couldn't play his instrument.After releasing one album in 1977, the band headed over to the U.S. for atour in January of 1978; it lasted 14days. Rotten left the band after their show at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom on January 14,headingback to New York; he would form Public Image Limited later that year. McLaren tried to continue the band butCook and Jones soonturned against him. In the two decades following the Sex Pistols' implosion, an endlessstream of outtakes, demos, repackagings, and liveshows were released on a variety of labels, which onlyhelped their cult grow.In 1996, to celebrate their impending twentieth anniversary, theSex Pistols reunited, with original bassistGlen Matlock taking the place of the deceased Sid Vicious. The band embarked on an internationaltour in Juneof 1996, releasing the Filthy Lucre Live album the following month. Four years later, Julien Temple (whohelmed the band's firstmovie, The Great Rock & Roll Swindle) directed the documentary film The Filth & theFury. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide « hide

Similar Bands: Public Image Ltd, The Clash, The Stooges, Ramones, Sid Vicious

LPs
Never Mind the Bollocks...
1977

3.9
1,550 Votes
Live Albums
Live and Filthy
2008

4.2
7 Votes
Destroy (Live at the 76Club)
2002

3.2
23 Votes
Anarchy in the U.K: Live at the 76 Club
2001

3.3
25 Votes
Filthy Lucre Live
1996

3.2
13 Votes
Raw and Live


4.2
3 Votes
Compilations
Jubilee
2002

3.5
22 Votes
Kiss This
1992

4.2
22 Votes
Flogging A Dead Horse
1980

3.8
14 Votes

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