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Sex Pistols

1977

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A very music-wise friend called the Sex Pistols a punk rock boy band. Apparently they were hand picked and assembled by manager, and there's more to the story, but the conversation was on a train car in the Orient Express and I was a wee bit drunk. It changed they way I hear their music. I've always thought they seemed like an act. They give themselves funny stage names "Rotten" and "Vicious" and call their band a combination of two "dangerous" words. This album apparently revolutionized music and kicked off punk rock, but it doesn't really feel like punk rock to me. I thought the whole point of punk was a DIY, pared down approach to rock that allowed raw expression to rise above musicianship. Being loud isn't necessarily raw. Snarling anger isn't necessarily expressive. I sound like an old guy. It's a cool album from a boy band who played a style of music that was different than anything else played prior, except the Stooges. I think I have a bias against all UK bands. B-

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I get that this one of the most influential albums of all time, but it sounds f-ing terrible🤷🏻‍♂️

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Not into rap

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5

The Godfathers of Punk! One of my favourite albums of all time. Crunching guitar, snarling in your face vocals, solid album.

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5

Honestly did not know the sex pistols only had one album. I didn't really know Sid Vicious' story either jesus christ. This album is great 5 stars would recommend

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5

Well... this easily goes on record for my biggest changed opinion. The first (and last) time I listened to this record in full was over a decade ago, back when I was still in high school. And I hated it. HATED it. I thought it was the most boring, annoying, overrated bit of trash, and that it didn't deserve to it's place among contemporaries like The Damned and The Clash. And over the years, hearing a song or two here or there, my opinion was unchanged. Even getting a PiL record on this project just reinforced my opinion that John Lydon is trash. When I saw this come up for the day, I groaned. I was expecting to give it a 1, have it give me a headache, and life would move on. But something changed. The singing that I thought was grating nonsense now felt passionate and aggressive. The boring and overdone guitar riffs now felt enormous and fiery. The songs were all far catchier and more fun than I used to appreciate. I LOVED it. So, I would like to apologize, Sex Pistols, for years of trashing you. You deserved better.

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5

Has given me thrills ever since my mum put it on in the car during my metal/Beatles phase and said, “I think you’ll like this.” Never a headbanger, I wondered what made the Pistols her exception. Probably the same thing that does it for me: the very real danger posed by ex-dole queue give-no-fuckers snarling through a litany of things they find contemptuous about society and spitting the things society finds contemptuous about them back in its face. Some of their assaults ring resoundingly true (Holiday in the Sun, God Save The Queen). Some of them are plain scary (Bodies, No Feelings). Everywhere, contradictions abound. None more so than in the figure of Johnny Rotten, who cuts through the noise with a spiteful clarity, taking care to make sure his words land because he knows how much they'll make you squirm. It's an unsettlingly committed performance, through which a fully (de)formed character emerges. More than just a frontman, he’s a leader, an icon, a hero. But wait, aren’t icons and heroes anathema to anarchists? Yep. Fortunately, the band has no interest in resolving these conflicts, opting to intensify them instead, which they do gloriously. Undoubtedly more shocking at the time, punk has been revived and remodelled so often since 1977 that to someone who first heard it 28 years after the fact, it simply sounds perfect.

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4

This is a pretty fun album, surprisingly well written and played considering everyone thinks they were hopeless. Holidays in the sun in particular is a bona fide banger. And it aged well! 4/5.

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4

While Johnnie Rotten has given up his Punk Roots and gone full MAGA (or maybe that IS punk now), I was really blown away to hear this album for the first time realizing just how much it inspired later musical acts in the 80's and 90's. While a completely different genre, it reminded me a lot of the Beastie Boys. I am very unfamiliar with Sex Pistols besides their biggest hits and enjoyed this album much more than I thought I would.

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4

Epitome of pared down punk rock. Simple three piece, singer with an enigmatic voice and delivery singing street anthems. Not to mention a great name and some crazy swagger to go with it. They’re not master of their instruments but they manage to make it sound good. You can feel the grime of the 1970s on this album. Smell the cigarettes and booze. It’s a fun album that breezes through with reckless abandon like a drunken night leaving you with a hangover. You can hear the dead Kennedy’s, the strokes, yeah yeah yeahs and many others in this album. It’s short and sweet and sour, though I think it gets a bit repetitive and could be a little shorter. It’s a 4 from me.

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Every music magazine and Sunday afternoon VH1 documentary tried incessantly to convince me of the significance of this album. Taken within the context of 1977, I can see how this might've once felt groundbreaking but by now this entire sound has been wholly swallowed up and digested - there's very little here that to me sounds new or exciting. Certainly it seems like a strong example of early punk - songs convey an appropriately cynical POV, songs hit hard and rapid fire. And the vocals and guitar lines are exceptionally clear - plenty of muscle in the recordings. It's an enjoyable enough listen but I'll be only too happy to re-shelf this one back into the "canon", never to be picked up again.

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5

Classic punk

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5

It began with the Pistols!

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5

Never really listened to them before. All the angst! Perfect. However, it started over, and I didn't realize it.

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5

Ephemeral punk beauty

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5

Great album, a few songs have made it onto my ‘frangry’ playlist

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5

Loved hearing this and properly listening to all the tracks. Great album

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5

Took this album out when I was running. Best decision ever. Angry, passionate while talking about disaffection and hilarious lyrics.

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5

brought punk to the mainstream fav track: god save the queen

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5

One of the best punk albums of all time. Gone too soon.

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5

Aaaassaaiiiiii Want to beeeeeeee An anarchiiiiiiiiiist!! Musicalmente es un GRAN disco. Lo que me sorprendió es que haya sido lanzado en 1977, ya que el tipo de música suena como 80’s o early 90’s. Por supuesto, no conozco la situación político-cultural de UK en los 70’s pero por el tipo de música y por las letras de algunas canciones, estoy seguro de que este grupo fue revolucionario.

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5

Pure energy and vitriol unchanged by time.

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5

Listened to 3 tracks. Really great sound, one of the pioneers of punk rock.

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5

I'm very partial to british punk, but listening again I am reminded how good, and brutal, songs like No Feelings, God Save the queen, and anarchy in the uk are. Such great punk.

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5

CLASSIC!

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5

Pepinazo d'àlbum. Crec que no l'havia escoltat mai de dalt a abaix i és brutal. Molt potent, ple de temazos, intens, inspirat. Me l'he posat dos cops seguit i m'ha entusiasmat. Quan es va publicar jo complia un mes de vida, i que l'hagi hagut de descobrir avui, amb 43 anys! Una meravella.

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5

Iconic

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5

Great album.The energy sums up the early punk era.

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5

5* for it's importance as a piece of social history as well as an album full of bangers

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5

british culture at its finest

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5

Energetic, raw

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5

A classic. Every song is pure power, aggression, energy, and anarchy.

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5

Loved it a great classic

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5

I dont even need to play it. I love this masterpiece

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5

This rocks

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5

Classic Punk - a must have, must listen to album

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5

This album is pure energy. Weird listening to it today, when all the "controversial" aspects seem tame. It's been imitated so much that it almost sounds like a parody of itself. No doubt that this is as punk as a studio album can get.

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5

Love me some classic punk

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5

What else is there to say about this album? It’s bold, brash and belongs in the trash. 12 cuts of raw, unpolished music that took the country by storm when they first heard the marching opening to Holidays In The Sun all the way to the final cries of E.M.I on the aptly titled closer.

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5

I think I love the vocals and songwriting here more than anything, and the rest of the band accents and also stands out in their own potent way. Anarchy in the UK is my most obvious favorite for a number of reasons. Good job on converting another.

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5

Much more listenable than I thought it was. So much energy and exciting riffs. Bonus star for pissing off all the papers at the time.

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5

Not listened to this album for a few years and it was great to hear it again. Had me bouncing around the kitchen.

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5

What an album. Perhaps the most influential album of the rock era. After this nothing would be quite the same. All thus would be hyperbole if the songs weren't so fucking good. Some of the hardest most uncompromising rock music ever committed to tape. It's a masterpiece. 5 🌟

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5

Haven't listened to this since college. People tend to be dismissive of the Pistols but this reminded me that they were actually quite good and Glen Matlock was only brilliant. Songs are great. Holds up.

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5

What an album. Perhaps the most influential album of the rock era. After this nothing would be quite the same. All thus would be hyperbole if the songs weren't so fucking good. Some of the hardest most uncompromising rock music ever committed to tape. It's a masterpiece. 5 🌟

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5

Where punk started! I said it would be hard for me to give a 5 to an album the first day I listened to it. But with the snarling vocals and rocking guitars, it deserves it!

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5

Classic

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5

Classic Pistols, The Filth and The Fury (Headline from the Sun the day after their Today with Bill Grundy Interview) Malcom Mclaren was a master manipulator of the media. A terrific example of British Punk, Not the first British Punk Album (That was the Damned on Stiff Records) but seminal for sure. Johnny and his sneering lyrics, the sheer energy of the music was such a relief for this 18 Year Old in '77. Pistols, Clash and Damned, what a good time the mid 70's were for British punk, link that with New Wave and Pub Rock and you had the perfect alternative to Prog Rock Navel Gazing. Holiday In the Sun & Bodies were both favourites and of course Anarchy, GSTQ, Holidays In The Sun, Pretty Vacant all top Punk Singles. A must have in any Vinyl Collection. It is in mine!

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5

SÌ CAZZO

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5

Rocking punk album that hits. Love everything about this album.

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5

I like the fury, the anarchy and Johnny's sneering glare. The full album sounds like variations of the same 3 songs, but those 3 are epic.

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4

Up da punx

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4

One of those bands that have stood the test of time despite only having one album. Not a whole lot a variety, but some absolute classics on this album.

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4

Great punk album

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4

Punk bible. Anarchy in UK, God Save the Queen, etc. good stuff, but you def have to be in the mood for it.

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4

Classic punk.

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4

Favourite songs - Anarchy in the UK EMI God save the queen Least favourite - Problems Bodies

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4

Riffs and progressions are great. Submission is a new favorite song.

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4

All time. How good are his rolling Rs. Anarchy in the UK obvious highlight (Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 anyone?)

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4

I actually enjoyed this album quite a bit. It helped me understand some of the roots of punk music. Nothing too drastic instrumentally, but everything worked very well together.

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3.5 | Solo conocía una canción y al entrarle a este disco me imaginaba que sería algo mucho más repetitivo y sin imaginación, como happy-punk, todo el tiempo el mismo sonidito; sin embargo me gustó mucho que cada rola tiene una intención y textura diferentes y únicas. También me impresionó la historia del disco y saber que es el único que lograron grabar y eso incluso con cambios de músicos y pleitos.

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4

This is the right amount of punk. A classic. Honestly it's way tamer than I thought it to be.

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Here's an unpopular opinion: of all the post-rock-n-roll movements, I think Punk has the shallowest range and the shortest shelf life. For all that this is pretty damn solid.

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Realz

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Rock in roll

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4

While I am not the biggest fan of this style of music, I appreciate quite a few of the songs and felt nostalgiac when I realized I had heard "Anarchy in the UK" as a kid playing Tony Hawks Pro Skater. Fun listen, but definitely one and done for me.

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4

Excellent, of course. I was always a bigger fan of the Clash but I can definitely appreciate the Sex Pistols too.

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4

Good background music, songs work well with each other.

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Los Sex Pistols tienen que estar entre las bandas más sobrevaloradas de la historia... Hay que aclarar un par de cosas; no inventaron el Punk; toda la escena de Punk en los EEUU ya existía con los Ramones, NY Dolls etc. Si quisieran hablar de quién inicia el Punk podría ser más hacia los Stooges quizá como evolución de la música Garage de los 60s o si me presionan... a los Saicos de Perú (sí, uno puede alegar que el verdadero origen del punk es peruano), musicalmente son malos, Johnny Rotten canta atroz y musicalmente no propusieron nada fuera de lo común para 76 (y sí, estoy tomando en cuenta el argumento "es que es el chiste del punk," no, lo siento aún en tomando eso en cuenta suenan mal, aún tomando en cuenta la simplicidad del género son tremendamente planos en su música) ¿Entonces me equivoqué al picarle a las estrellas? ¿Por qué darles alta calificación ? A pesar de lo anterior tienen una importancia fuerte para toda la música (no solo el punk). De la misma forma que los Beatles no inventaron la psicodelia, ni hicieron la mejor música psicodélica, pero llevaron la misma a las masas y cambiaron todo el panorama; los Sex Pistols llevaron ese regreso a acordes de rock simple pareados con un mensaje fuerte, un mensaje antisistema a un nivel y agresividad que hasta ese momento no había permeado en esa magnitud y que ahora llegaba a TODO adolescente británico y, eventualmente, del mundo. Llevaron una falta de respeto, sinceridad y energía a la que le hacía falta la visibilidad que solo ellos con sus escándalos lograron. No fueron una buena banda, solo tuvieron un disco, Sid Vicious fue una escoria de ser humano que no merece que nadie le llorara su muerte, pero ese disco es indudablemente necesario en una lista de esta naturaleza, es un disco malo objetivamente pero disfrutable, es casi tarea obligada para todo adolescente escucharlo y despertar algo dentro de ellos, una chispa y un grado de confrontación que es necesario en la vida. Muchísimas bandas del genero serán mucho, mucho mejores, pocos son tan agresivos o sinceros como Black Flag o musicalmente creativos como The Clash pero los Sex Pistols siempre tendrán un lugar bien cimentado. PD. Anarchy in the UK sí es y seguirá siendo una obra de arte tanto en su letra como en su ritmo y potencia. PD2. Sid Vicious en serio era una mierda mierda. PD3. Muy recomendable un documental que ya tiene unos años llamado The Filth and the Fury

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4

Love it. A lot.

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4

I dig it... classic

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4

I can understand a neutral not liking this, but to me, it’s rock music in the truest sense. Loud, aggressive, a punch to the face. These guys made a statement, one album, they broke up, and they changed society. I always loved this album.

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4

meh...never really a fan...interesting historically though

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4

good!!

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4

No denying the impact this album made.

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Iconic

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4

A classic and socially significant album with some huge bangers. Its context makes it greater than the music objectively is. The bangers are spread across the album, which works well as a pick-me-up just as things are starting to get a bit samey. This would be a 3 if it wasn't so culturally significant.

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4

I’m not sure Johnny Rotten intended this music for me when he wrote it, but golly I sure enjoy it fellas Power chords and attitude. Good listen during work

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4

Obviously a very important album and a pioneering band. An epic album in lyrical and musical content, but any melodic genius is destroyed by Rotten's painful shrieking, which of course was part of the punk aesthetic... but I just don't like listening to it 🤷‍♂️ Sorry! Submission has such a good chord progression and vocals are bearable on this track.

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4

Why did I spend so much time listening to Kiss in 77? This rocks! Didn't know G&R covered so many of these songs.

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4

Bro has a unique voice. I've heard Anarchy in the UK about a million times though. Probably 3/4 of which was from the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series lol. The rest of the album is pretty much what I expected though. Classic punk.

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4

Really better than I was expecting! Very melodic for Punk. I like it so far. Easily a 3, maybe a 4??? We'll see what songs 7-12 sound like. Yeah, it would probably be a 3.5, but I'll grant it a 4.

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4

Good old tunes.

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4

This is the most influential punk band of all time. I don’t know what else to say.

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4

Some good punk rock. Hear a lot of other classic punk bands in their sound.

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4

What an album for a sunny commute. Would know that vocal anywhere. Bit samey and you never get a breather do ya but undeniably iconic to punk-rock and I do love me some punk-rock sometimes. Guitar in Problems is sick. Anarchy in the UK is one to skip to at the bottom of a big hill on a long run. "She was a girl from Birmingham and she just had an abortion" EMI

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4

This was the 70s?! Bodies was wildly fun, and I can see how this song influenced a lot of the music I'm into from the modern day. Problem shreds. The singer's voice is off but idk if that's a bad thing. I like the contract b/t him being off putting and the lyrics/music being approachable. Probably would have loved this as a teenager

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4

This a true classic album. Some of its shock has been lost over the years, but it's still a fun and chaotic listen.

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4

The marketing hype that went with this album really over shadowed the talent that is John Lydon. Portrayed as trash and talentless, never mind the bollocks is anything but.

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4

Great rock album. Very fun listen.

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4

Heard a billion times in my youth and confirmed the rating. 4! I also feel like punching someone in the face

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4

Classic album that had a revolutionary impact on music.

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4

Influential punk. Pretty together.

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4

As chaotic as the Sex Pistols were trying to be, it's all a lot more musical than I was expecting and clearly has it's roots in Rhythm and Blues. Aside from some homophobia that hasn't aged well, the rest of the album flows pretty well, and I enjoyed pretty much all of it.

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4

i actually really like it, the vocals especially are really fk cool and like expressive which i love. they are super on brand, like really loud and stuff, but the music is actually melodic and well crafted under the vocals and volume which is such a cool juxtaposition and makes the songs actually awesome. i think the drums are my favourite. i guess a criticism could be they dont really tend to deviate from one specific style; theres nothing wrong with it but it would be cool if they did. i also LOVE the album name and cover, the name and font fit their style so well, but the pink and yellow contrast it which is literally SO COol. i think the best thing about this album is the feeling it gives you when you listen to it, like the anti-establishment thing really empowers you, and how as a band they are so unconventional. easy to listen all the way through. favourites: no feelings, god save the queen, anarchy in the uk

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4

Classic Punk sounding like well punk, the same rowdy boys from Britain talking about thrashing you and me and everyone else doing their thing.

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4

Wea wena

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4

Like many, I was pretty familiar with this band's history, their influence, and their big tunes. However, reading-up on this album--and spending more time with the less-heralded tracks--gave me an even greater appreciation for Johnny Rotten's trolling. Punk needs more diss tracks; and now I wonder if the New York Dolls responded to their criticism in "New York". I think Johnny's snotty voice elevates their overall sound, and the backing vocals on tracks like "EMI" are a nice touch (even if it does sound a bit too similar to The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner"). I understand its punk, but I would have welcomed a little more deviation in sound from the rest of the band. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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4

Classic punk rock.

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4

Agreablement surpris. Je n’avIs jamais ecoute du a la reputation etc je pensais que ca sersit trip unk heavy mais en fait c’est un tres bon album bien balance qui deplace. Je comrpend le cult status . 4.75

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4

Nice

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4

The beginning of punk rock in the UK.

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4

4, probably another 4.5. Kind of similar, I find the vocals to get grating after awhile. But there's undoubtedly some incredible tracks on here. what a back to back combo with the Ramones, eh?

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4

4.5 - deeper and more complex by comparison to the Ramones, but ultimately wasn't very intriguing (to me) lyrically and although there were a couple of standouts I didn't feel the consistency to make it a 5.

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4

Great classic punk rock album. Could hear generations of bands to follow in the guitar/drum riffs and angst riddled lyrics. Holiday in the sun, anarchy in the UK, New York

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4

Mid party vibes

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4

Some of the OGs of punk, can't hate this stuff, it birthed the stuff I grew up listening to. Not sure how much I love it for it's sound tho, I more just respect the importance of it. Nah, by the end I loved this, sick, OG punk. Easy a 4.

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4

Pistols started the UK punk movement. A seminal album, though probably not the finest (imo) debut album in the genre. Given the chaos that surrounded the band, the recording and the record company shambles it is an excellent effort.

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4

Great energetic punk album. Incredibly important to the development of the genre.

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4

Solid punk rock. Not sure how I feel about the singing style

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4

Would’ve been a good live show, six topless sweaty band members screaming and doing their thing on stage. Gets a bit samey, but enjoyable nonetheless and punk institution

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4

A strident set of songs well delivered and probably much improved by the production crew. They still stand up today although the lyrics seem a little tame.

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4

It is much slower than I remember it being - listened to it a lot when it came out, when it all seemed to hurtle along. Now, even the faster songs feel fairly considered. Great guitars from Steve Jones, fabulous sneering from Rotten. (Famously described by Captain Sensible as " 'e sounds like Old Man Steptoe!" )

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4

Pretty Vacant is one of my all time favourites, and there are a lot of other great songs on this as well. Enjoyed it

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4

Pretty amazing to think about this hitting in 1977.

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4

Overall good. Foundational album in the punk rock space. It took me about 3 songs or so to really get into the album. Ended up enjoying for the most part.

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4

I knew this list would bring up albums I should have listened to all the way through but never took the time. Didn't take long - 3rd one in and here we are. Stands the test of time. Standout track: Submission

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4

Solid punk album

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4

The first and the only Sex Pistols album. The album has influenced many bands and musicians, and the industry in general. In particular, the album's raw energy, and Johnny Rotten's sneering delivery and "half-singing", are often considered game-changing. It is frequently listed as the most influential punk album, and one of the most important and best albums of all time. I liked it, but overall it is a bit same and monotonous.

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4

10/10 anarchy God save The Queen!

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4

Der Ursprung des Punk Rock!

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4

Never mind the bollocks-the Sex Pistols High energy recording. Even though the recording isn’t the best. The vocals jump out of the speakers. The anger and sex appeal booming out of Johnny rotten is immediately heard from “Holidays in the sun” Bodies is super fun. Lovely language that is so entertaining to your ears. It’s hard not to smile listen to rotten screaming about his existence. I love the speed/tempo of the album. The recording wasn’t mic’d the best. But the energy of the band is so forthright it’s hard to care much about anything but their rock and rock energy. They don’t care if you like them which makes me like them more. This album is dope

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4

Punk rock classic

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4

Solid Punk Rock origin

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4

Better than I expected. Good stuff UK keep it up

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4

It's got some great songs but what is going on with the new york song at the end, is it just classic homophobia or am I missing something? 🤔

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4

It's been talked about enough their influence on culture and music history, but even disregarding it, this is an impressive work of music that deserves its reputation and influence. This is THE punk attitude and what it represents. This album is remarkably rock-heavy, clearly taking influence on earlier garage sources, but it sounds great. Instruments rock and compliment Rotten's intense vocals. It's straightforward music, nothing crazy or exotic as seen in glam rock or prog rock. Simple chords and repetition with charm and identity thrown it to make each song memorable and great to listen to. I love the small things like in "Bodies" how they would just stop for a split second then immediately start back up from the top. Rotten is really into his performance, which makes it incredibly engaging for the audience. I absolutely love the direct confrontational approach of his vocal style that goes beyond singing, not so much telling a story as he is expressing dissent and ridicule, making it mildly humorous and relatable. Those moments draw my attention, and I love how it's a defining feature of punk. But it's so prevalent and genuine here that it's no wonder this is a benchmark for punk music. As for the tracks individually, I think they're mostly great. Nothing screams out as bad or lazy, although some tracks in the first half blended in and it didn't pick up until the famous "God Save the Queen."

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woops actually 10/10 - not at all dated, fearless, catchy, joyous even if dodgy lyrics occasionally. fun fun fun yes lol iconic. 'submission' is classic cos it has a wee synth at the start, it's like post-punk but punk lol

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Pretty good Punk.

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Nice crunchy punky sounds

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The typical middle aged Londoner's renowned stiff upper lip must have stiffened to the point of shattering when they first heard the Sex Pistols. They didn't know how to play but nobody cared. Musicianship wasn't the primary (or secondary) selling point. They were all about stirring things up and with their one album they succeeded. Talk about bang for the buck.

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This album put the band and punk itself on the map, Although punk was going well before this. Today it stands as one of the most influential punk albums to be recorded and probably thee quintessential punk album all time. Stand out tracks: Bodies, Submission and Pretty Vacant. FFO; The Clash, The Dammed, The Ruts.

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5/27 What a riot! Standout Tracks: Bodies, Seventeen, Anarchy In The UK, New York

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7/10, seminal punk album, lesser than it's peers, but still incredible and remains visceral to this day. EMI is the best track.

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It was alright. Nothing super amazing or standout here, in my opinion.

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Volviéndolo a escuchar años despues... meh

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3

Punk stuff

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3

It's alright

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3

Fun, riot music. Sounds like summery bamboozle time music.

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Good for getting you hyped up. RATING: 3/5

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Not my type. Intro track was good but needed something more to follow and never got it.

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Love the punk aesthetic

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Fairly repetitive, but fun.

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que disco tan bueno, tiene mucha fuerza y rebeldía. Es increíble que solo tuvieran un disco de estudio y que estuvo catalogado como el mejor disco del rock y sigue siendo el mejor disco del punk. No creo que exista un mejor exponente del punk punk; frío, irreverente, vale madre. Lástima que solo tengan 1 disco y que fueran personas feítas de modos

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3

Catchier and more melodic than I expected.

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nice

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it's punk

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The quintessential punk album, but always thought it was nothing special.

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Overrated. It's alright, but gets very samey

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Highlights (outside of radio hits): Liar, Submission Lowlights: Problems They're loud, cocky and rude. They are also skilled and worth listening to. It's not for everyone, but everyone should listen.

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shite production but iconic and groundbreaking. Bit too much filler. 5/10

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Probably never listen again but not as terrible as I was expecting

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Sounded fresher and much more enjoyable than I expected. Really wouldn’t recommend listening to anything else they’ve done though.

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Proof that it's better to die young, rather than live long enough to support Trump. Crap boobs crap. ( o Y o ) peeners present

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Love sex pistols, but not the best one

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I always thought the Sex Pistols' schtick was that they were talentless punks. I was pleasantly surprised by their talent. They're not the most brilliant lyricists or songwriters by any means, but that's sort of the whole point. I enjoyed this one, it felt a bit short (and maybe to be honest a bit one-dimensional at points).

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3/5 it had some interesting songs, but ultimately didn't pass.

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It's impressive that it came out in the 70s, I listen to a lot of more recent punk that it was influential over. Would I listen to it on its own merit? Probably not often.. Influential but I'd rather listen to more recent punk

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cover is pink in spotify but yellow here? idk

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3

Cosas interesantes y replicadas pero no me matan. Tengo que leer la letra con más profundidad

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Never actually listened to this before and thought it would just be noisy distorted guitar and power chords. Turns out it was noisy distorted guitar and power chords but the songs were more varied than expected and actually not too bad.

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Wish I had more time to sit on this one. It's a lot of fun, and it was a big statement, just feel like the filler is... well... that.

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Only got the chance to give this a really quick listen. I didn't find there was loads to separate the album tracks from the one listen through (that's probably partially on me though). Overall I liked the whole feel of it - nothing hugely pushed me to either end of the scale

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meh. 3/5

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Considerados los precursores del punk en UK. Mucha tralla y muchas drogas.

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Classic punk, changed the face of music. Not really much musical talent but attitude by the bucket full. More of a symbol of a movement than a good album.

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I had this album in college and listened to it quite a bit. I never got fully into punk (super-broad music category and cultural term, I know), but did have a time in my life when I listened to what were then called "punk/alternative" radio stations, had my haircut asymmetrically, wore a dangling sword earrning, and generally had no idea what I was doing. What I did, and still do, find interesting is any form of counter-culture, especially when it's expressed artistically. I know this band is considered one of the, if not the, pioneering band in the London punk scene, which spread everywhere, and I still find this album a good listen, though far less so than I once did. Such is the nature of evolving tastes and interests.

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Of it's time. Remarkable for what came after rather than the album itself.

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Came into it expecting to hate it. Enjoyed it a bit more than I was expecting, the popular tracks reminded me of old Tony Hawk games. New York was a great song and I really enjoyed the ending solo 3.5/5

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A punk album! Pretty good, Sex Pistols are never a first choice, but this was enjoyable.

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3

As advertised.

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This was the first time I have listened to an entire Sex Pistols album. It was a good album but I am not sure I would go out of my way to listen to it again.

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Didn’t really like it, don’t like rock with those harsh sounds 3/5

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Some great classic sounds I've heard before, but by the 30th minute I was waiting for it to be over as they somewhat all starting sounding the same. Still, good to hear these classics in context.

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I LOVE how the guitars were recorded on this album - big, punchy power chords RIGHT-IN-YOUR-MUTHAFUCKIN-FACE. The classics here are still the best tracks. This must've packed a punch when it first came out! 3.5 stars.

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Not for me...

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Just not my thing. I can see academically this album represented change to music. I just prefer music I can whistle or hum. I was 17 when this came out but I don't recall any songs from this album. Same year a lot of great music was released. I was probably more a Rumors fan to give one example.

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Mostly fine, shame about John being a prick

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An album I feel like I would've loved if I found it before all the other punk music I got into prior. Don't get me wrong, I know how influential this record is, but I personally can't give it a five. Rotten's snarl/sneer vocals get tired after a while, and a lot of the songs begin to blend together. Still an important record. Favorite tracks: "Pretty Vacant", "Problems"

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I can appreciate how influential this is, and I like the punk aesthetic. They're not my favorite punk band by a long shot, though.

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I liked it. 3 stars, baby

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Even with familiarity it sounds full of energy. Slightly tame nowdays, but still furious, clever, rebellious and electrifying take on youth rock'n'roll. Rightly one of the better punk records of all time. Not quite a 4 because it's not quite got enough hooks.

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All I can think of is Fred Armisen sketches

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Hmm... Mir fehlt der historische Kontext. Aber teilweise nice

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The pre-fab band that gave Punk its look (because its founder ran a clothing store and wanted to promote them and figured he could put a band together and sell music and clothing). Johnny Rotten's voice becomes a little grating by the time you get to the end but still worth a listen every once in a while. 3.5/5

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Punk as fuck

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Oh for fuck's sake. The music is what it's all about, and the music is so good, especially when you put it in context of the time and influence. But I just want Johnny to shut the fuck up. I really think he ruins every song. The lyrics are 90% moronic drivel, and he just sounds like a pretentious twat the whole time, the whooole fucking time. I know he's an important part of the genre and bla bla, I just don't care, all I can picture is Rick Mayal jumping around on a stage trying to be edgy for the sake of it. Just fucking shut up, Johnny, and let me listen to the rest of your band because they're actually talented.

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Always mind the bollocks.

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For what is, essentially, a faster, less capable, pub rock album (not that we thought so at the time!) this stands up surprisingly well after nearly 45 years.

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Held up surprisingly well for the first full listen in probably 20 years. Surprised to give it a 3.

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A difficult listen at times but it’s cultural significance cannot be denied

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Malcolm McLaren is a certified genius. Kudos to him for capturing the zeitgeist of the era so well and creating and marketing a Boy Band for angry, disenfranchised and rebellious teens. They could barely play their instruments but it didn’t matter, this was all part of their schtick. Bands such as the Ramones or the Stooges actually has more talent. And coming up with Pro-wrestling like stage names like Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious was another stroke of marketing genius. And like the saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. The semi controversial album name, “bollocks” getting banned by the BBC, mocking the beloved Queen, the wild hair and costume all added fuel to the fire and the the kids loved and lapped it all up. They were probably a handful to manage though, so poor Malcolm could only squeeze one studio album out of them before they self-destructed. And the album wasn’t half bad, it had a few memorable singles and it sold millions. This gets one star for the content and two for its huge influence on music and culture.

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Crazy to me that they only released one album. Chaotic from start to finish; no wonder it's stuck around for so long. Also, this is some really great stuff to workout to.

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I understand why it’s so influential, but some of the songs sounded the same and the first 3 songs blended together and I couldn’t distinguish the beginnings and ends

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Punk, rebelsk, anarkistisk, energisk

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I thought I liked this more. It was ok.

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Meh

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Classic Punk and me, I don't think we'll ever become friends

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Well, I learned a bit about the history of punk rock by reading about this album. I recognize its importance to music in general, but dammit, I don't like it. I also don't loathe it the way I do the other 1-stars, so 2 is the number for it.

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Niet mijn soort muziek

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Ehh. Not my jam

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This was just the same thing over and over

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Really not my style

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Ground breaking music. Very influential. But if im being honest I didn't really enjoy it that much. I do respect it though.

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If I were to mosh pit, which I do not, this album would be up there in something that brings that type of energy. I respect what they're trying to do. Perhaps I could listen to one of these songs on my way out the door of a pregame. I could not directly get in an uber after.

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Not a big fan. Appreciate the origin of punk but not even their biggest hit is something I care for particularly.

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bleibt nichts hängen

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pretty cool. little too rough

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Not a big fan of the vocals, which I remember as weird from Kevin destroying me in GH3 freshman year

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Het viel me nog mee, heb het best een tijdje volgehouden, maar uiteindelijk vind ik het gewoon lawaai.

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Nooit fan geweest van the Sex Pistols. En na het beluisteren van deze plaat komt daar geen verandering in.

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Punk is better than I thought.

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Ok, classic, but not my thing. Also this dude is maga.

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A classic I guess. I used to love this album when I was younger and full of teenage angst but now when I listen to it in full I just find it a bit... well... pathetic. I guess growing up can really change your mindset. I guess in a few years I’ll be voting Tory and thinking Piers Morgan makes some valid points and that makes me sad. God Save The Queen and Anarchy in the UK will always be top tier classics though and the nostalgia factor of having that teenage fight in me bring the rating up a bit. Imagine how good this would’ve been live at the time though. I bet there’s a lot of people who rate the SP as the best live band they’ve ever seen.

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Again, pretty average punk. It’s not bad, but it’s not London Calling.

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The Sex Pistols', like the other punk albums on this list, didn't resonate with me.

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super repetitive, no standounts

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hmmmmm idk that i'm gonna like this. ugh music is okay but his voice annoys me. i don't think these guys know how abortions work. i do like how fast paced the song is though. honestly while i don't like the sound so far (on song 3 rn) it's quite entertaining at least. can't be awful and boring both. i really dislike his tone though, or is it his accent that bothers me. so whiny. the lyrics are taking me out. 'problems': i like the lyrics, there's songs with the exact same subject matter across all decades, funny how we're/life is always about the same stuff. the f slur used to be so popular in music. i don't feel like i've been hearing it that much in the last decade as i have since i started listening to albums from this list. did they finish up the album with a fart sound, and here i was considering giving this a 3. music was okay though repetitive, his vocal performance i disliked but at least it was interesting, lyrics were fun. so, not as awful as i thought it would be initially but i can't say my brain enjoyed this. it's like a movie that's kinda interesting maybe but it looks bad.

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Some good songs but obvious pre fab punk for shock value.

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I'm unsure about how to rate this one. I can listen to it, and I appreciate that it must've been pretty revolutionary on release. But I don't think I'm the target audience on this one. I find the way the lyrics are sung/spoken/shouted too aggressive - I understand that's the point and it fits in with the theme of the album, but I don't find it pleasant to listen to. That's my only real complaint, as instrumentally I really like the guitar/bass riffs and drums. This is probably a 2.5 stars for me.

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Pretty meh, maybe 2.5 / 5 but I'm uncertain.

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I knew God Save the Queen and Anarchy in the UK. I know this is the classic punk album. But really, this is not very good, is it? Will I listen to it again? No, that's very unlikely.

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Punk really was a mistake. It's literally all the same. More enjoyable than some others though. If you gave me this, the Clash, The Manic Street Preachers, Elastica, Minor Threat, New York Dolls, X-Ray Spex or Ramones, I wouldn't know who it would be because they just have the exact same album with the exact same songs all of them. Ok I would probably know, but I wouldn't enjoy it hahah

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Similar to Pixies and Ramones

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theres some nigh bangers. music is cool. the vocals ruin it for me

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Holidays in the sun opens hard. The play hard and fast thing is fine in punk, I like punk more than I think I do, but some of this is very samey. Or maybe I just don't appreciate it properly, but yeah. The lyrics are so repetitive and ham-fisted. I can see how this was all shocking in 77 but in the days of WAP, it falls a little flat in terms of how controversial it is. Goods - Holidays in the Sun, No Feeling, Bad - EMI Art - Meh. I get the bold writing, I get the stark yellow and pink, but despite its classic status, it's doing nothing for me.

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I can practically smell the cheap liquor and bad cigarettes pouring off this album.

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So close to good but Johnny Rotten is such an edgelord.

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I understand where the anger came from, and I understand the historical importance of this album, but... It's just too close to noise for me. Sorry

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Better than i remembered but not great

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No more punk please, I prefer a mellotron

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shite

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I couldn't get into this one tbh. 0/5

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just angry noise

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2- Aparentemente nao gosto de sex pistols, parei na terceira musica. Muito falado, pouco cantado.

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Just random screaming wtf

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I don’t think I’ve ever actually listened to the Sex Pistols, even though I’ve most definitely heard of them. Wait, why does this guy sound like the lead singer on the B-52’s? You know, I’m not really digging this album so far. Okay, so yeah. I don’t really like hard rock. I’m a big fan of alt-rock, but hard rock is not my thing.

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Turns out I don’t like the Sex Pistols. A little too grungy, a little too repeaty, a little too gravely.

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Hoe vaak moet ik het nog zeggen, ik heb niks met punk...

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almost didn't make it through. i did though. not a quitter

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Do I have to? Really? I can't stand this album, personally. Spun it a lot when I was younger, but as the years go by I just can't separate what I know about it and how it sounds. The manufactured pop of punk. Yeah.

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Not a huge fun due to it being an old rock album. Plus, it's hard to understand what they are saying over the noisy beats and it sounds all mindless music to me. Would Give It: 1/5.

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Some ok songs, bit tired of all the shouting

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nope

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Rollicking, deafeningly monotonous.

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Nope

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I did not like this at all. To my ears, it's just a discordant mess of screaming and whining. I feel like an old man who just does not get the whole "youth music" thing, despite not even having been born when the album was released.

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Not my thing.

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peeners present

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Classic

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