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


4.5
superb

Review

by ReturnToRock USER (303 Reviews)
August 12th, 2005 | 24 replies


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist


Yes, ~I know this review has been done before. I know I did it myself, at some point. But I’m going to do it again, and this time I’ll put all my review-writing knowledge into it. So here goes.

The stories are legend : from ten-minute, one-song concerts to firing a bass player because he (quote/unquote) «played too well», the Sex Pistols have had their share of bizarre music history moments. But all the flash and the controversy seem to hide the most important part of it all: the music.

Forget the nonsense about the Pistols not being able to play. Apart from Sid, every one of them was a decent musician. The thing was, they didn’t really WANT to play well. Those noisy three-chord songs were enough for them. They wanted to shock the public consciousness, and what better way to do it than to release a seemingly crappy album" Hence «Nevermind The Bollocks…».

Released in 1977, the Pistols’ only official release is what you could call «punk in a box». In fact, if there ever was a college subject on punk (I wish…), this would probably be the handbook. Almost every single track on here is a bona-fide punk classic. No, scratch that – a music classic. Take God Save The Queen , for example. Take Anarchy In The UK . The list goes on. The Pistols have made an undeniable impact on the music scene, furthered by their premature disbanding in 1978.

However, with all the controversy long gone, their musical legacy lives on. Ask any punk kid these days about this album, and chances are, they’ll have heard of it. It is a classic, and its songs last to this day.

There are twelve songs on this album, the first of which is Holidays In The Sun . This song has one of the best, most famous intros in punk-rock, but the fact is it then becomes kind of blah. Not that it is by any means a bad song, it’s just not the greatest on the album. Still, there’s some pretty decent singing and a good solo to boot, making this a (4,5/5)

Bodies is next, and hugely underrated. Featuring probably the best lyrics on this CD, this story about a teenage mother’s abortion drives by at a devastating pace, leaving a trail of destruction behind it, The bridge is particularly brilliant, with Rotten spewing out a string of profanity that, while formulaic today, was unheard-of in 1977. All in all, an excellent song and one that should be given more credit. (5/5)

No Feelings is the third track, and once again, it’s utter genius. The chorus is instantly recognisable and perversely appealing (who wouldn’t like to say that out loud") and the riffage is catchy and contagious. Plus, there’s an excellent solo to top it all off. One of my personal favourites on the album and one every punk fan should look into. (5/5)

Liar keeps up the string of excellent songs on the album. Once again the lyrics are brilliant and make us want to shout them out in somebody’s face. The solo is simple, but excellent, and the chorus, albeit slightly stupid (what the heck does «you’re in suspension» mean") is catchy enough to stick in your head for days. In short, we have another winner. (5/5)

To talk about the next song is fairly moot. Probably the best social-criticism song ever, God Save The Queen is delightfully disrespectful and dead catchy. Everybody and their mothers knows the lyrics to this song, so I won’t talk about them. The music is as simple as it is chaotic, and the video has the strange particularity of featuring Sid actually playing the bassline…correctly! When all is said and done, there’s only one rating for this song – (5/5)

Somebody on this site spoke ill of Problems , bjut for me, this is one of the top three songs on the album. Once again, the lyrics make us want to go and slag somebody off («The problem is you!!») and the music is based on yet another simplistic, catchy punk riff. Anopther one to shout out loud on the street, then ignore the accusing looks (5/5)

Seventeen is one of the two weakest tracks on the album. The pace is faster than on any other song, but the chorus is much less interesting, The lyrics do, however, contain a few gems («when you’re mommy dies, she will not return!», «I’m a lazy sod/ I’m a lazy Sid») and overall, the music goes by quite pleasantly. It’s just not as much of a classic as the others (4/5)

The next song can be summed up in two words : overplayed. Anarchy in The UK is a good song, but I guarantee that by the tenth replay, you’ll be sick to your stomach of it.. Everyobdy knows this song, in either this form or the Megadeth cover, so talking about it is pointless. Suffice it to say that the lyrics are, once again, quite good, but as I said it quickly becomes tiredsome. (4,5/5)

Sub-mission is one of the shortest songs on the album, and probably the most fun one of all [/b]. The title came up when manager Malcolm MacLatren asked that the Pistols write a song about submission. The band came up with «I’m on a submarine mission for you, baby!» Simply hilarious. The musical base is simple, but the solo is nothing short of awesome. All in all, another top-notch song (5/5)

Pretty Vacant is one of the Pistols’ top three greatest hits, and it deserves to. It once again boasts excellent lyrics («you’ll always find us/out to lunch!») and it’s an acidic take on futility and vapidness. The music is standard Pistols, simple, raucous and catchy with a pretty good solo, and, once again, this song deserves full marks. (5/5)

The next song is the weakest on the album, New York is an uninspired homage to the New York Dolls, with ripped-off lyrics included. As this is just an uninteresting, throwaway filler song, I won’t talk too much about it, except to say this : skip it. (2/5) .

Fortunately, the album closes in style. EMI is a great song, with lyrics once again pking fun at the Pistols’ «one night stand» at EMI (check out the subtitle Unlimited Edition ). The lyrics are utter genius, probably the best on the album, but the music is a bit too samey and dejá-vu. Still, an excellent, infectious way to close up the album. (4,5/5 )

All in all, a must-have for any and all punk fans out there. If you consider yourself as one, then I have only three words for you.: gat it. NOW.



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ReturnToRock
August 12th 2005


3446 Comments


yeah, i know i said both biodies and EMI had the best lyrics iont he album. but i'll sort it out. The awrd goes to...Problçems, for its awesome bridge section.

NEDM
August 12th 2005


1113 Comments


dude, i just reviewed this not 3 days ago.

morrissey
Moderator
August 12th 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So? That's the beauty of sputnik.



I still don't like this album.

masada
August 12th 2005


2733 Comments


Douple post.This Message Edited On 08.12.05

masada
August 12th 2005


2733 Comments


Glen Matlock wasn't kicked out because he plays to well, he left/was kicked out because he didn't agree with their views, especially ones of the Queen.

danje
August 12th 2005


44 Comments


Glen Matlock was kicked out coz he liked the beatles

Sepstrup
August 12th 2005


1567 Comments


The two songs I've heard from this album are pretty, but singled out as the best tracks each time I see a review (Anarchy in the UK and God save the queen), so I get the feeling that this is not something I would enjoy...


Senor_Whippy
August 12th 2005


367 Comments


Oh my god don't you wanna smack Johnny Rotten.Little snot nosed f..(Snip!.Some text missing)

DesolationRow
August 12th 2005


833 Comments


Actually, Glen was kicked our for liking Paul Mcartney. And I can't stand the sex pistols. They insult music.

Senor_Whippy
August 12th 2005


367 Comments


Sex Pistols were OK but The Clash were miles better.This Message Edited On 08.12.05

Med57
Moderator
August 12th 2005


1002 Comments


This album is hideously overrated. Nowhere close to being as gooas people make it out to be in my opinon. And yeah, The Clash owned the Sex Pistols into the ground.

NEDM
August 12th 2005


1113 Comments


Actually, Sid played for some of this album. He played on bodies and holiday in the sun. Well that's not a lot but it's something.

YDload
August 13th 2005


1207 Comments


Sid played on nothing. He just didn't know how to play, at all.

But other than that, I just don't find the band very appealing. The Sex Pistols were a glorified boy band, and The Clash did it better while expressing their actual beliefs. And American punk far surpasses UK punk from the same time frame.

Skinhead On The MBTA
August 13th 2005


24 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Clash>Dead Kennedys>Sex Pistols



I do like this album though, although I wouldn't give quite so many of the songs 5/5. Pretty Vacant, Anarchy in the UK and God Save The Queen definitely, but the rest I would say 3.5 or 4.

Senor_Whippy
August 13th 2005


367 Comments


I prefer the first Clash record over this.

DesolationRow
August 13th 2005


833 Comments


Yeah, Sid didn't play. EVER. He couldn't play. They turned his amp down live and Steve recorded all the bass parts except for Anarchy in the UK, which is the only recording Matlock is on.

NEDM
August 13th 2005


1113 Comments


Maybe if you actually owned the cd then you would know that he played on the first two tracks. It says so under the tracklist.

DesolationRow
August 13th 2005


833 Comments


Watch the attitude, mister. Bass Guitar has an article on the Sex Pistols and Sid Vicious. Steve Jones recorded every bass part on that album except for 'Anarchy' which Glen recorded before they kicked him out. His amp was turned off for live shows and he never learned the instrument to begin with. He was a street punk who had the image to be in their band. That's all his presence was for, image. I suggest you read the article in last years issue if you want the details.

masada
August 13th 2005


2733 Comments


It says that all songs were written by the others except the first two songs, where it lists Sid. It doesn't state that Sid played bass on those songs, though.

DesolationRow
August 13th 2005


833 Comments


And just an example, of the above post. Willie Dixon wrote 'Whole Lotta Love' by Led Zeppelin, and is listed as a writer of the song. However, he didn't play the Zeppelin version, but is listed as one of the writers. Submitting an idea into a song doesn't necessarily mean playing it. Maybe he submitted lyrics.



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