Review Summary: So shit, its actually GOOD
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.