Sex Pistols
Never Mind the Bollocks


4.0
excellent

Review

by ImTheOnlyThugInTheBuildin USER (142 Reviews)
June 4th, 2012 | 52 replies | 2,343 views


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

Review Summary: So shit, its actually GOOD

5 of 8 thought this review was well written

Widely considered to be the finest, and certainly the most influential punk band of all time, the Sex Pistols released one album with their original lineup, entitled Never Mind The Bollocks. Released in 1977, this revolutionised the way people saw music at the time. The one thing that set this album apart from other music at the time was the whole "we dont give a ***" attitude. The Sex Pistols were brats, simply put. From the arrogant, simplistic musicanship to the out of key, cocky vocals from Jonny Rotten, right through to the harsh lyrics that were guaranteed to kick up a *** storm. Everything about this album and the band in general was put in place in such a way as to shock the listener in ways that they had never been shocked before, and it worked, as this album went multi-platinum and left a lasting impact on music. Does it live up to its reputation?

No, it does not. Musically, they suck, vocally, there are few worse (although Bieber might just about be worse). Listen to the guitar tone on Track 2, Bodies if you want proof-the intro is pure terrible. For the vocals, Pretty Vacant is pretty much the worse thing on here. And lyrically, i must point back to Bodies again. "*** this and *** that, *** it all and *** the ***ing brat" is pretty much the worst thing i have heard in a LONG time. So, yes people, this band do indeed suck in every imaginable way.

The best part of it, however, IS that they dont give a ***. Listen to Jonny Rotten's painful attempts to create sing-a-long friendly choruses in songs such as No Feelings. Just LISTEN to how terrible he really is, and you will suddenly love them, simply because they are daring. And that is when the actual beauty of this album starts to shine through.

This band really do not care what the listener thinks of them. They WANT to be hated. They WANT the listener to say "holy ***, that is utterly terrible". There is not a band in the world that cares less than the Sex Pistols. At the time, they were just a bunch of angry people trying to piss the world off with their stance on Communism, Fascim, Abortion, Liars and the Monarchy. And in doing so, they spawned hits through their controversy, with tracks such as Anarchy In The U.K. living on and becoming world famous, along with the band.

There is no point in really going into the tracks, because individually they are all ***, but it is when the entire album is heard and you have the context in which these songs were written that you begin to love them. And you love them because they are so terrible. Congratulations, Sex Pistols, you have written a ***ing *** album that STILL remains one of the best things ever recorded, simply because of how hilarious it is.



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ThroneOfAgony
June 4th 2012



3485 Comments


fuck yes sik album bro


pos


Graveyard
June 4th 2012



5598 Comments


public image ltd is betta

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2012



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First sentence is no

Digging: Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - You Will Eventually Be Forgotten

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2012



7313 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pretty good, and fantastically timed review.

I'm actually planning on doing my own write-up for this in a few days. It's an all time favourite.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2012



7313 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"First sentence is no"

The Sex Pistols were the most influential punk band of all time. People can cite the Ramones and The Clash all they want, but as great as they were they made nothing like the same cultural impact - in this country at least.


Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2012



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol thinking england is as important as america


Iamthe Nightstars
June 4th 2012



2182 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Most overrated punk album.

auberginedreams
June 4th 2012



5984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album, i'm not sure why it's cool to hate on the sex pistols all of a sudden. it's not like they set out to be the most technically proficient musicians ever, the sloppiness is part of the appeal. this is about as punk as it gets.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2012



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wouldn't say they were that influential, people in the mainstream started talking about punk and pretending to like if for like 3 years and then they stopped, that's why people who only listen to mainstream music think punk "died" in 1980

auberginedreams
June 4th 2012



5984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah but you could say that for almost any genre. rap, metal, etc. all have those bands. i still think
this band was really instrumental in spreading punk to a far larger audience than it had previously.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2012



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Clash and Ramones were a lot bigger here, and then hardcore dominated only like 2-3 years later
American punks couldn't give two shits about this album


auberginedreams
June 4th 2012



5984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there are several bands that could be credited with spearheading the punk movement, those are the big three. obviously the entire genre can't be credited to one band.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2012



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ramones had an album out a whole year before these fuckers
Sex Pistols are too rock and roll sounding anyway


auberginedreams
June 4th 2012



5984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what you're saying isn't exclusive to punk. every era has their defining sound, and every genre has sub-genres that are more popular during certain periods.

auberginedreams
June 4th 2012



5984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

idk i've always felt that these guys were the most "punk" sounding of the group. the clash were especially poppy in comparison, but that's just sort of personal taste.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2012



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I hate the misconception that you have to sound like shit to be punk. The Clash, Dead Kennedys, Bad Religion, etc were all good at their instruments and they are still punk as fuck

auberginedreams
June 4th 2012



5984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm just saying, when you think of punk the sex pistols are the first band that come to most people's minds, so take that as you will. i'm not saying they're the most talented punk band, the first punk band, or the most influential punk band musically, but i think they are the most responsible for the big explosion of poularity in punk rock in the late 70s.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2012



49788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah but that was false popularity anyway, it was a fad and people stopped giving a shit in only like 2 years


auberginedreams
June 4th 2012



5984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whether it was a fad or not, they still made it popular.

auberginedreams
June 4th 2012



5984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they're more credited with influencing the forerunners of pop-punk, even though they weren't necessarily a pop-punk band themselves.



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