After their formation in 1972, the Sex Pistols would become one of the largest influences in rock n’ roll history. They were leaders of the Punk movement in the U.K. and the Sex Pistols didn’t hold back on any of their political views. Their lyrics were often obscene, dealing with social issues of the day ranging from abortion to violence and the music industry. But what was the driving force behind the Sex Pistols? Well, four musicians who told it as it was. The original Sex Pistols in 1975 consisted of Paul Cook on drums, Glen Matlock on bass, Johnny Rotten, vocalist and Steve Jones on guitar. But in 1977 Sid Vicious joined the band on bass guitar.
I was introduced to the Sex Pistols in 1988 at the age of 11 years old. This was in fact the first record of the Sex Pistols I heard. It was about this time period that I was really getting into Punk, Hardcore, Thrash Metal and Death Metal. It was this record, these 12 songs that influenced me to really hit the stings and play the guitar. To this day, I still rank this album on my top 10 all time favorites.
When I first heard this record, I remember thinking “my god, that lead singer is really pissed off.” Johnny Rotten’s whining vocal style mixed with a heavy English ascent, took me off guard. I haven’t heard anything like it and I couldn’t get enough. This was so refreshing as the local radio at the time played more of the hair metal which sounded the same or Classic Rock. Steve Jones’ style of guitar playing and his leads were amazing. No wonder he was ranked within the top 100 guitarist of all time on the Rolling Stone magazine. Although this record was a transition from Glen Matlock to Sid Vicious on bass, it was flawless. Then you place Paul Cook on drums and you have one kick ass record.
Never Mind the Bullocks was the only studio record put out by the Sex Pistols in 1977. These 12 songs pretty much in my opinion make a greatest hits record rather than the only studio record. With regards to the music, this album is raw, this album has a strong song structure that many people wouldn’t think of as being punk. But yet, it has influenced so many musicians.
The songs themselves are very political in nature. I am surprised that the song “Bodies” hasn’t been picked up as a theme song for the Pro-life and Anti-Abortion groups. This song alone deals with the very subject, but in rather short, to the point and in a very crude way. It was the most graphic song that had been released to date in 1977. “God Save The Queen” is a song that attacks Britain’s monarchy. “Anarchy in the U.K.” deals with the violence associated with anger in many of social topics with the youth.
I can’t think of a bad song on this record. If you want grit, this album has it. You want real life lessons, this record has it. If you want to hear the original songs that many of today’s bands redid that were from the Sex Pistols, then this album most likely has it. “Anarchy in the U.K.” and “God Save the Queen” have been recorded by many artists from Motley Crue to Megadeth.
1. “Holidays in the Sun”
3. “No Feelings”
4. “God Save the Queen”
7. “Anarchy in the U.K.”
9. “Pretty Vacant”
10. “New York”
The song “Submission” was included later as song number 9.