Sex Pistols
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols


4.5
superb

Review

by NEDM USER (43 Reviews)
August 9th, 2005 | 26 replies


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist


The Filth and The Fury!!! That's what my Sex Pistols tee says over a black and white pic of Johnny Rotten. The Sex Pistols are known as one of the greatest punk bands of all time. Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious are a dynamic duo. One smokes two cigs while playing some of the catchiest riffs known to man, while the other throws up on his audience. They are the closest thing to punk rock even if the album isn't as good as some of the others. "Los Angeles" by X and "Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables" by The Dead Kennedys were probably the starting albums for the original hardcore punk bands. The Sex Pistols still rock. When you're listening to God Save The Queen or Anarchy In The UK, it's still a great adrenaline rush. Those are probably some of the best punk rock songs to date too.

As Med said in my Dead Kennedys, Fresh Fruit review... "What's the best punk album of all time" The two most likely answers you'll get when you ask this question are "London Calling" by The Clash, and "Nevermind The Bollocks" by The Sex Pistols. While there's a case to be made for the first of these (even if the second simply isn't true)". Med is definitley right. In his opinion, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables replaces Nevermind The Bollocks as the 2nd or 1st greatest punk album ever. I completley agree. While this album may not be perfect, it still has some awesome punk rock anthems to live by. As I said before, this album really has it's moments. Some of the songs here are just unforgettable. But some can be quite boring. Well, onto the review of...

Sex Pistols - Nevermind The Bollocks

:) The Superb Beginning :)
The album begins with one of the better songs on the album. Holiday In The Sun. It begins with a cool riff that is extremely catchy. You hear a lot of wailing in this one. That's good because the wailing is one of the things that makes the Sex Pistols unique. The lyrics are also as political as ever. This song is one of the best this album has to offer. Then the bridge sounds like a bunch of confusion. It's all screaming and crazy riffs. Anyway, this is definitley a standout track. Next up is one of my personal favorites, Bodies. Bodies begins with utter chaos behind the rhythmic wailing provided by Rotten. This song is even catchier than the previous which is hard to believe. This song also has a really cool and great sounding, xylaphone effect. There's also a ton of profanity here. It is also hystericaly good when Johnny goes crazy and drops effing eff-bombs in the bridge. Then the song fades out after one more "booooodies, I'm not an animal"! No Feelings with absolutley no remorse. It's a great song that has that freaking great classic SP sound. The chorus is also catchy as ever. "No feeeeeelings, for anybody else. Except for my beautiful self"! But the song is quite short and that kind of makes me a little mad for what a great song it is. Then No Feelings ends, sadly. Soon after a short pause Liar begins. This song is too generic for me. It says Liar waaayyy too much. But the guitar riff still kicks ass. Plus there's a really nice solo in the bridge. But then Rotten whips out another "Liar, you lie lie lie, liar, you lie lie lie". IMO, it's all to familliar after the 2nd chorus. Then possibly one of the best songs ever starts. {i]God Save The Queen[/i] shouts Johnny as the song gets into it's verse. This song has everything. Wailing, kickass guitar, and great vocals and lyrics. All of the random things that Sid mentions about the UK's downfall is interesting. Once again, the bridge has an awesome solo. Then the song fades out wuth Sid screaming, "no future, no future fooooor you!!!!".

:( The Mehh-dille :(
Sadly this is where the albums two worst tracks come in. Problems is way to repetitive for me. Plus it's stupid subject matter to boot. The song just flat out sucks and sounds like total filler. I must warn you, this section is going to be obscenely short considering I only have one more complaint and I call it Seventeen. This is about as corny as it gets. Sid trying to make a song about growing up. The guitar and vocal delivery is great but the subject kills all of it. Plus, the chorus is really annoying. It's boring and same goes for the verse. Well, that's all I had fr complaints.

:) The Great and Varied Conclusion :)
Anarchy In The UK is the effing song that got me into this band. I remember I was on my way to White Castle in New Jersey and me and my dad were singing this together while it played on the radio. It was a classic father-son moment. Anyway, this song also has amazing lyrics and vocal delivery. The guitar in the bridge also adds a lot to the song. Ths is the best song on the album and is my favorite from the band. I would rate this a five but I'm not doing a track by track. Submission is the next song and it's quite slow which is good because I'm getting tired of all the speed. This is actually also perfect song placement for this album. There are also electronic sounds in the bridge, which is cool. Then the song fades out and we are now in the red zone with the next track Pretty Vacant. Pretty Vacant is just a great song. There really isn't anything else to say about it. It's catchy and has got great lyrics too. This is a great song. The chorus is also catchy as hell. "We're so pretty, oh so pretty. Pretty vacant". Anyway, this is one of the best songs here. It's one of my personal favorites. Next is New York. It's pretty generic but that's okay because the next song completley owns this anyway. Well, what this song has going for it is pretty much the tempo and rhythm. It goes together perfectly. Then ends with feedback and E.M.I. starts up. This song freaking rocks. It has great lyrics and guitar. This is a great end to this album also. Knowing that it ended nicely is great. This my friends, was "Nevermind The Bollocks".

In Conclusion
This is obviously one of the greatest punk albums of all time. While the two middle songs were kind of bad, the rest of them were totally kickass. This along with the two previous ones I mentioned in the intro were known with this in the Top Three punk albums of all time. This is definitley still an album to buy. It is completley nescessary to completer your punk collection.

Pros
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+ Punk at it's finest
+ The dynamic duo strike again
+ God Save The Queen & Anarchy In The UK

Cons
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- The two middle tracks
- Good luck finding the cd!

Recommended Tracks. AKA - The Fantastic Four
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God Save The Queen
Anarchy In The UK
Bodies
Holidays In The Sun




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DesolationRow
August 9th 2005


833 Comments


Sid Vicious insults me horribly. Street kid who can't play turns into music icon....:upset:

Cyan

masada
August 9th 2005


2733 Comments


This album sucks, besides those four tracks. Oh, and in the cons you said it was hard to find. I see it in every store that I go to.

DesolationRow
August 9th 2005


833 Comments


Ohhh, great review by the way

NEDM
August 9th 2005


1113 Comments


Sheesh vague, why don't you just tell me what to review next time. Ha, just kidding. I'm fine, but you didn't say anything about the review...

masada
August 9th 2005


2733 Comments


I thought it was kind of biased.

And what's with this broken-up-review trend? And the ugly bolding?

NEDM
August 9th 2005


1113 Comments


I like broken up reviews. They are easier to write and read. The bolding was only for the Headlines. I italicised the song titles mainly for you because they hurt your eyes.

masada
August 9th 2005


2733 Comments


Somebody needs to get the real cover up.

morrissey
Moderator
August 9th 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Eh I've never gotten into the Sex Pistols. I like most punk bands from that era (the Clash, the Buzzcocks, the Jam, Television and so on), but these guys never did it for me. I respect their role in the movement though. Sid was a chav.



3/5



Nice word count, that's about all I can say.

morrissey
Moderator
August 9th 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh and I also see it in every and any store I go into.

Captain_HumpYourFace
August 10th 2005


119 Comments


I'm a huge fan of the Sex Pistols but I can see how a good majority of music fans can find them incredibly annoying. I mean in all honesty they can't play or sing very well at all but to me they'll always be a great example of what punk is all about. I love this album but I've never gotten around to purchasing it on CD, I've got my dad's vinyl but I really should get a proper copy of it.

I honestly feel the review could have been a lot better. I mean it did get the point across and I didn't mind teh fact that it came out sounding a little biased (noone ever does when it's their bias :D) but the format just killed it for me. I mean you really can't just arbitrarily split an album up into three sections that wasn't intended to be viewed that way. Couldn't you have just said in your review that the album lags in the middle?

nirvanakickass
August 10th 2005


2 Comments


this album rocks. they cant play or sing but still this album is wicked. its punk down to the bone. its a bit rebellious and very satisfying album for most moods. buy it!

ReturnToRock
August 10th 2005


3446 Comments


now you will hear the piece...again. this review is way too overplayed. luckily this time it's not some newb spewing out garbage but someone who knows how to write a review. i agree with pretty much everything except for Problems being a bad song. for me, it's one of the best on the album. and Sid does not play on the album BTW. :P.

PS the album is quite easy to find in portugal, where i live...

masada
August 10th 2005


2733 Comments


[quote=Captain screen name is too long] to me they'll always be a great example of what punk is all about.[/quote]
Dressing up with clothes pinned together, spiked hair, being idiotic on purpose, and making money off of all of this at the same time. So punk.

Also, I don't see a single mention of Steve Jones or Paul Cook in that review at all. I don't even why Sid was mentioned, because he didn't even play on the album.This Message Edited On 08.10.05

morrissey
Moderator
August 10th 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Steve Jones is actually a decent guitarist. Not a virtuoso by any means, but he can hold is own weigh. At least compared to Sid. 0_o

masada
August 10th 2005


2733 Comments


I like Steve Jones, too. He's like a sloppy Johnny Ramone.

cbmartinez
August 10th 2005


2525 Comments


Very important album, but that being said, this album got asbout 2 or 3 plays in my stereo before I was bored with it.

Senor_Whippy
August 10th 2005


367 Comments


God luck finding the CD....eh? you can get it for 8:99 down at my local record store.What are you on about.

Captain_HumpYourFace
August 10th 2005


119 Comments


Yeah this album can be found pretty much everywhere. I've had the vinyl since before I was born but the CD is at every major record store as well as any indie one. I don't think I've ever even seen it sold out.

Rudd13
August 10th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Okay review. I guess you take after the best....

:naughty:This Message Edited On 08.10.05

Sepstrup
August 10th 2005


1567 Comments


This seems like a love/hate album... I haven't made up my mind yet... only heard like two songs.



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