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Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols

1977

Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols

Album Summary

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols is the only studio album by English punk rock band the Sex Pistols, released on 28 October 1977 by Virgin Records in the UK and on 11 November 1977 by Warner Bros. Records in the US. 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 best and most important albums of all time. The band's internal relationships were always volatile, and the lineup saw changes during the recording of the album. Original bass guitarist Glen Matlock left the band early in the recording process, and while he is credited as a co-writer on all but two of the tracks, he only performed bass and backing vocals on one track, "Anarchy in the U.K." Recording sessions continued with a new bass player, Sid Vicious, who is credited on two of the songs the band wrote after he joined. While Vicious's bass playing appeared on two tracks, his lack of skill on the instrument meant that many of the tracks were recorded with guitarist Steve Jones playing bass instead. Drummer Paul Cook, Jones and singer Rotten appear on every track. The various recording sessions were led alternately by Chris Thomas or Bill Price, and sometimes both together, but as the songs on the final albums often combined mixes from different sessions, or were poorly documented who was present in the recording booth at the time, each song is jointly credited to both producers. By the time of its release, the Sex Pistols were already controversial, having spoken profanity on live TV, been fired from two record labels, and been banned from playing live in some parts of Britain. The album title added to that controversy, with some people finding the word "bollocks" offensive. Many record stores refused to carry it and some record charts refused to list its title, showing just a blank space instead. Due in part to its notoriety, and in spite of many sales bans at major retailers, the album debuted at number one on the UK Album Charts. It achieved advance orders of 125,000 copies after a week of its release and went gold only a few weeks later, on 17 November. It remained a best-seller for nearly a year, spending 48 weeks in the top 75. The album has also been certified platinum by the RIAA. It has seen several reissues, the latest in 2017. In 1987, Rolling Stone magazine named the album the second best of the previous 20 years, behind only the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The same magazine ranked it number 80 on their list of 500 greatest albums of all time in 2020. In 2006, it was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest albums ever.

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Rating

3.49

Votes

5555

Genres

  • Punk
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Tue Aug 31 2021
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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Thu May 20 2021
2

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

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

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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Tue Oct 06 2020
1

Not into rap

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Tue Dec 28 2021
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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Wed Jan 20 2021
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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Tue Jun 29 2021
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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Fri Jan 22 2021
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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Sun Sep 26 2021
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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Wed Sep 29 2021
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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Sun Oct 03 2021
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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Tue Nov 02 2021
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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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

Ooooh you're hard

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Tue Apr 27 2021
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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Thu Feb 25 2021
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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Wed Jan 20 2021
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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Fri Jun 18 2021
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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Mon Feb 22 2021
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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Wed Mar 10 2021
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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Thu Sep 30 2021
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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Wed Nov 10 2021
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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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

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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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

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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Tue Feb 02 2021
1

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

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Fri Sep 10 2021
1

Rollicking, deafeningly monotonous.

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Tue Aug 11 2020
5

Classic punk

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Sat Apr 03 2021
5

It began with the Pistols!

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Wed Dec 02 2020
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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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Ephemeral punk beauty

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

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

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

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

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Mon Jan 18 2021
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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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

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

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

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

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Wed Mar 17 2021
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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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Pure energy and vitriol unchanged by time.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

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

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Wed Jan 20 2021
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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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

CLASSIC!

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Wed Mar 17 2021
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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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Iconic

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

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

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Fri Jun 18 2021
5

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

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

british culture at its finest

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Energetic, raw

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Sat May 08 2021
5

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

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Loved it a great classic

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Sun May 30 2021
5

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

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

This rocks

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Sun Jul 04 2021
5

Classic Punk - a must have, must listen to album

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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

Love me some classic punk

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Sat Jul 31 2021
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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Tue Aug 31 2021
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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Tue Sep 21 2021
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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Tue Sep 21 2021
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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Thu Oct 14 2021
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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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

Classic

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

SÌ CAZZO

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

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

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Thu Jan 06 2022
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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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

The dogs bollocks 👍🏾

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Still vital. A classic.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Not bollocks.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

ok

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

El PUNK. Vinilo total.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

One of the definitive punk albums. Best musicianship, no; best recording, no; but is it greater than the sum of all these parts, yes.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

Fuck yeah! One of the foundational punk albums.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

I listened to this album a bunch a few weeks ago but wanted to find the time to listen to it while reading the lyrics because I thought they were the epitome of biting sarcasm and criticism. They give a big middle finger to everyone - the iron curtain and western society (Holidays in the Sun), orphans (No Feelings), the music industry and record companies (Liar and EMI), monarchy and British government (God Save the Queen and Anarchy in the UK), working stiffs and couch potatoes and sheeples and themselves (Problems and Pretty Vacant), middle class (and above) society (Seventeen), silver spoon or flaky musicians (New York). They even call out abortion. Ok, that one is a bit jarring and a little offside. But if you really listen to it, they're not taking a position on the issue and the lyrics are powerful. It certainly cannot have endeared them to too many folks to even discuss the issue back then, so you gotta respect their guts. There is no better example of screw the man and screw everything than this band and this album. And for all the flack they have taken for average musicianship, I liked their sound and thought it was solid. Combine the music and the lyrics and their energy/fire and you've got a classic album.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Superb, and years ahead of its time.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

панки хой

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

Epic energy with killer track after track. Love submission and pretty vacant. Amazing.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

I had been procrastinating my review of this, because the Sex Pistols were the most important band to my life, and I think I became very wary that explaining my veneration of the Pistols would slightly dispel the magic. I feel I should add some biography. My brother was 14 years older than me, and when he was a teenager, punk was already long dead. But, as an angry teen, he'd built up a vinyl collection of the Pistols and the Clash. Then one of my sisters, 7 years older than me, began seeing an Iron Maiden fan around 1993 while she was into Nirvana, so they dug out my brother's old albums. Initially, when one of my other sisters, 4 years older than me, played Anarchy in the UK once (odd, as she has never been into punk or rock, preferring smarter pop), I tried to be a snotty, bratty younger brother and dismiss it, but I became fascinated. So, my earlier-mentioned sister began playing the Sex Pistols for me, along with Guns N Roses and Nirvana (despite Kurt's rhetoric, every Nirvana fan was also a GnR fan). I now recognise the Sex Pistols as the first artistic experience I ever had in my life, aged 8 in 1992. And yes, that does mean I was a cooler 8-year-old than you. Looking back, much of my subsequent aesthetic mindset was determined by Never Mind the Bollocks. I discovered and fell in love with dada aged 15, clocking that it was WW1 punk. Most of the music I adore is music I can connect to the Sex Pistols (aside from the Stooges, Ramones, Clash and Joy Division, I would name my beloved blues, rock n roll, outlaw country, garage rock, Krautrock, glam, and indie as punk-adjacent, along with plenty of others). Much of my favourite writing has a punk sneer delivered with two fingers. Hell, despite the punk aesthetic being so watered-down that the anarchy symbol is a corporate stand-by, women with dyed, spiky hair and Doc Martens stir something in me few women do. But why was I hesitant? Are the Sex Pistols like an eclipse: as astonishing a spectacle as they are, you shouldn't look upon them with naked eyes? Nope. I was second-guessing myself again. The Sex Pistols are the greatest, most important band of all, and Never Mind the Bollocks is the greatest, most important album of all. The title makes the point: compared to the Pistols, much else is just bollocks. The album is ultimately a monument to two youths: Steve Jones and John Lydon. Steve Jones, a teenage petty criminal who was just starting off on the career of professional criminal (already a housebreaker and football hooligan, even he accepts that without the Pistols he was destined for prison), agrees with his mate Paul Cook to join a band founded by Wally Nightingale called Swankers, with Jones on vocal. Badgering Malcolm McLaren for management, they also recruit his stockboy Glen Matlock as bassist. Though a charismatic thug and womaniser, Jones is not a great frontman, and McLaren convinces him to take up the guitar and ditch Wally (what an apt name). The group, now firmly cemented as Jones' band, stages auditions for a new lead singer, and a teenage oddball with green hair and yellow teeth (hence the nominer Johnny Rotten) mimes to the wonderful Alice Cooper track I'm Eighteen, securing his place in the band. Remarkably, that football hooligan turned out to have an instinctive, almost unconscious grasp of the most powerful power chords, and that oddball happened to have a decent brain, making that unaligned pair briefly the greatest living songwriters, in that they simply made the best songs. Of course it couldn't be sustained; nobody could be that wonderful for too long, and the collapse of the Pistols is one of the most wretched in music history. But they made the greatest album of all, an album that served as a compass for good music: everything worthwhile can be found if you follow the path directed by Never Mind the Bollocks. My ultimate question: what do I have to say to that 8-year-old boy who would jump around the front room to God Save The Queen after mass? You were right. Fucking hell, you were right. John Lennon is a wanker. Got any glue?

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

Pretty cool

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Sat Apr 09 2022
5

El PUNK. Vinilo total.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

Yeah sex pistols

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Right. If you knew nothing about the history, you would find that this album still rocks pretty hard. The music has swagger, great guitar solos and that lead singer sort of sings, screams and sneers. No topic for a song seems off the table. Ah, but history it does have. Controversy. Censorship. Johny Rotten. Side Vicious. Starting the Punk Movement. Malcom McLaurin. Plenty of history. There has been a lot of more extreme punk and music in general since that this sounds just like rock and roll. I think it's also been absorbed into rock history so. The one thing that has stayed punk are the song lyrics; they're still pretty edgy and anti-everything: anarchy, abortion, women, the Queen, the UK. Most of the songs are great. I can't really add anything more other than this still well worthy of a listen.

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Sun May 08 2022
5

pretty good punk, a tad too bri*ish at parts but usually pretty enjoyable, 9/10

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Tue May 10 2022
5

Mean tones, a remarkable complexity in some of the songs I’ve not heard before, and the energy and snark of the singles flows through the whole album. Very impressed

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Tue May 17 2022
5

Nothing much to add. A band who said EVERYTHING they had to say in one pretty perfect album.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

An amazing punk album. Even though they're drummer was probably their most competent musician, they made incredible music and Johnny Rotten's lyrics remain poignant and hard-hitting. I've seen a lot of things talking about how he's become a shill for the government lately and it seems like a lot of people talk about, but I haven't seen any of the receipts for it. The bass is lacking a bit, but its understandable as they didn't really have a bass player since Steve Jones had to record most of the bass parts. The guitar riffs are punchy, and the drums are really tight. An instant classic since its release and a must hear album for anyone. Highlights: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10.

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Fri May 20 2022
5

it’s so good just so so good

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Mon May 23 2022
5

I mean, it's one of the greatest punk albums ever and I love it. This beautiful, frantic mess has inspired so many musicians to stop just bitching about life, pick up a guitar, and pour their feelings into music. It's angry, angsty, nihilistic, and fun. The band just about ripped each other to shreds making it and I'll be damned if that's not just the most punk thing ever. And, as if that weren't enough, "E.M.I." is one of the biggest middle finger tracks ever written. It's such a hard-core snub. A perfect punk-tuation (couldn't help myself) to end a truly monumental punk album.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

Like being thrown in a cold pool to start the day.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Definitely pure punk and good listening at that.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

Still got it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mSE-Iy_tFY Even jarg butter can't ruin this stone cold classic though.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

do i buy country life butter? advertise whatever you fucking want johnny, you've paid your dues. sneering nasty album with some monster tracks on it .

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

yooooo

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

Крутой альбом несмотря ни на что. 1977, единственный альбом Sex Pistols, классика панка. God Save The Queen, Anarchy in The UK.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Despite the fact, the Sex Pistols released only one studio album during their all-too short existence, the impact both culturally and musically can't be denied. This is a case where the story/personalities are bigger than the music, as numerous films, books and even a recent TV series about the band have perhaps over-shadowed the music. There were other bands from the same era that left a longer resume of great music (The Clash, The Buzzcocks, The Damned etc.), but the impact of the Pistol's, debut, Never Mind The Bollocks might just be one of the most important and influential albums from the 70's. Sure, it's overrated and their musical talent was questionable at best, but when the word "punk rock" is mentioned, it all begins with the Sex Pistols.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Its good

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Fri Aug 12 2022
5

The punkiest of all punk albums. What other band could have this much influence and make this much noise with just a 39 min discography?

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Never Mind the Bollocks is one of most influential albums of all time, and also one of the most entertaining. It was probably the gateway to punk for a lot of people over the years, including yours truly. Yes it's everything it was hyped to be: Sneering, acidic, hard driving and full of attitude. But it was also just so much fun to listen to. The songs are incredibly catchy, with a surprising pop sensibility. It's a shame that this is the Pistols' only studio album, but their impact on what was to come in music is immeasurable. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): God Save the Queen, Anarchy in the U.K., Liar, EMI, Submission, Holidays in the Sun, Seventeen, Pretty Vacant, Problems, No Feelings, Bodies

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Discazo punk de unos auténticos estandartes. Canciones pegadizas y con ritmo. Destructivos.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

Gamechanging - a band who did not give a fuck about calling out what they saw at a time when people were begging for change. But they do still care about making the noise, turning it out. One of those times when you're glad they did just one album because that would have diluted this.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

Toss out the stories, the legend, the abysmal behaviour and lifestyle of Rotten... This is a loud, fast, exciting album even but modern standards and is still the platinum standard for any aspiring punk band.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

I don't care what anyone says, without the Sex Pistols, there are a huge number of bands that would not exist. It's amazing how influential a band can be when only one actual album was ever recorded. Rarely does a day go by that I don't listen to some Pistols.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

amazing, classic, iconic

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Very energetic, and repetitive, like the punk should be. Someone could find it too pop, however this is why punk is more popular, stopped from being just noise with lyrics to be lyrics with good noise.

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

OK can only rate this on the music as I'm listening now. I know they're "pop-punk" and more of a boy band. Thing is it's so clear and different to everything else it's still so enjoyable and feels like a challenge to established society still.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

If ever there was an essential album, it’s this one. A lot can be said about the authenticity behind the anarchic message which compelled a generation to throw out the obsolete virtuosity enshrined in the rock rule book and start again, but you only need to look at the droves of bands formed after hearing the Sex Pistols to understand how important this group was (and still is..). It’s well-trodden ground to highlight Malcolm McLaren’s curation of this group as a set of cartoon punk rockers, but the fact is that they were the ones who wrote the songs and stood up on stage absorbing the gobs of spit and vitriol from the general public. They talked the talk, and walked the walk. Everything about this record just slotted in perfectly into the abject social setting of 1970s Britain to rejuvenate an utterly stagnant musical landscape. John Lydon’s lyrics play a huge role in this matter, serving as the clarion call to get out there and start a band. Is there a slightly cartoonish quality to these vaguely anarchistic (sometimes superficially so) sentiments? Yes. But in some sense the most unrefined incarnation of an idea is also its most effective. This album wouldn’t have held up, however, if the songs didn’t carry some kind of enthusiastic optimism - and on this record the songwriting is just outstanding. Glen Matlock and Steve Jones aren’t Yngwie Malmsteen, and that’s why they can come up with the simple brilliance of tracks like No Feelings and God Save the Queen. The latter track has arguably lost a bit of its integrity in light of some obsequious reformist remarks from several band members. But the rally cry against such servility committed to this timeless record will outlast all of that conjecture. The enduring refrain of “No future for you” is the ground zero for the “new wave” of pop music. This album changed the game and it hits as hard today as it ever has done. A timeless classic, the most important record of all time - you name it, there is no superlative great enough to channel the scale of this record.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Iconic masterpiece by the most legendary and brilliant industry plants in the world of music. This record is easely in my top 10 albums of punk rock music.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

The godfathers of punk, gotta love it

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Tue Oct 13 2020
4

Up da punx

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Wed Mar 10 2021
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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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Great punk album

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Tue Feb 02 2021
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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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Classic punk.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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

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Wed May 19 2021
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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Sat Jan 16 2021
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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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

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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Tue Feb 23 2021
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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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

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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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Realz

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Rock in roll

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Wed Jan 13 2021
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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Tue Feb 23 2021
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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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Good background music, songs work well with each other.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

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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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Love it. A lot.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

I dig it... classic

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

good!!

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

No denying the impact this album made.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Iconic

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Wed Jan 20 2021
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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Wed May 19 2021
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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Wed Feb 03 2021
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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Mon Jan 25 2021
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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Tue Mar 16 2021
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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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Good old tunes.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

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

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Fri Feb 26 2021
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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Sat May 08 2021
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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Sat Jun 26 2021
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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Fri May 14 2021
4

Great rock album. Very fun listen.

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Wed May 26 2021
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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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Classic album that had a revolutionary impact on music.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Influential punk. Pretty together.

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Sat May 15 2021
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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Mon Jun 21 2021
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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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

God Save Johnny Rotten, this is the Sex Pistols! Great punk energy, even without the musicality.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
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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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Wea wena

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Tue Jul 27 2021
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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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

Classic punk rock.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
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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Sat Aug 21 2021
4

Nice

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

The beginning of punk rock in the UK.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
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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Thu Aug 26 2021
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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Mon Sep 06 2021
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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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Mid party vibes

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Tue Sep 28 2021
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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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

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

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

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

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Wed Oct 20 2021
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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Fri Oct 29 2021
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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Thu Nov 11 2021
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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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Pretty amazing to think about this hitting in 1977.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
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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Fri Nov 12 2021
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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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Solid punk album

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Wed Nov 17 2021
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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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

10/10 anarchy God save The Queen!

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Der Ursprung des Punk Rock!

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Tue Nov 23 2021
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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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

Punk rock classic

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Solid Punk Rock origin

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Better than I expected. Good stuff UK keep it up

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Wed Dec 15 2021
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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Sat Dec 25 2021
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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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

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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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Pretty good Punk.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

Nice crunchy punky sounds

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

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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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Definitely an important album, but if we're being honest it's not all that good.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Good with a few great songs

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Still sound great, one of my first albums...

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Moody

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Angry, sloppy, and amazing. This band was a mess, and it worked so well.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Liked it

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Never Mind the rest of the Punk in this list, Here's the Sex Pistols! Now, this is good punk rock. Absolute classic! 4.5/5

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Powerful, rebellious, raw energy, in your face, political, blunt, brutal, one and done, statement!!! This album stands alone in Punk as a single punch to the gut from the Sex Pistols. Had they had more recorded output it may have taken away from the impact of this album. This is a favorite album of mine but there is no denying the impact on rock and roll and punk. The Lyrics are smart and potent, sometimes funny, sometimes offensive but I guess that is the point. You can see the influence on other artists and see why they were recognized as a major influence on Nirvana. Like I said not my favorite but I clearly see the influence and impact, particularly at that time in the UK. 4 for it's impact and influence. Favorite song: Anarchy in the UK, Pretty Vacant.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

This album is messy, the musicianship is lacking, and it’s perfect for what it is. The Sex Pistols were marketed specifically to appeal to the nascent punk scene but they brought their own brand of sneer and anti-establishment politics to the mix. While it may be doubtful that Johnny Rotten and co. were actual anarchists, there is something to their critique of a pre Thatcher Britain that is genuine and angry

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Its gone down a bit for me over the years but it is a great sounding album production wise.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

I've listened to a number of albums in the this project that were labeled "punk," but this is the first one that really sounds like that I thought "punk" was. And I probably enjoyed listening to those other albums more. This one is aggressive and was a challenge for the morning commute to work. However, it kind of grew on me over the day, probably especially for Johnny Rotten's unique vocalizations. I find it kind of funny that this album is held in such reverence by those who have created the rock canon. It doesn't really want your reverence. I really don't know how to rate it except that I'm glad to have finally experienced it.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
4

great album

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

Beneath all the chatter and hype about this, it's actually a really good, strong rock album. Great guitars, almost prescient lyrically and the most iconic vocal you will hear for many years

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

These guys really manufactured some of the best punk in history, and their influence on the genre can't be overstated.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

I've heard this album so many times when I was a teen. Being a prog head it was weird to listen to a lot of punk as well. I mean, so many of the songs were basic and raw, but there was an earnestness to them that is undeniable. It would be interesting to have heard more from this bband, but it was so manufactured they were never going to last. The songs themselves, now that I listen to them as a whole again 35 years later... well, some of them were obviously made to shock. I can see how "Bodies" or "Seventeen" would NOT go on the radio. But there are some great songs here: "Pretty Vacant" is still very catchy. I never did like "Submission;" Rotten trying to be sexy and just sounding scuzzy. The performances themselves are pretty sloppy, but they still hold up. Man, "Anarchy In The UK," "God Save The Queen"... they just really smack you in the face and do not let up, do they? So yeah, I have listened to this album a lot in my youth, but hadn't listened to the whole thing in a while. It was refreshing to come back to it and hear it with a new (and more mature) set of ears. Still really like it, though. I just can't give it 5 stars, just because of the embarrassment of songs like "Submission," "Seventeen" and "Bodies" (I still like "Bodies" but geez man...)

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

Really liked it this time around. I swear I've listened before and didn't get too into it. Definitely an influential punk album.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Nostalgia is so powerful- I used to love this album and I think that I still do.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Super cool to be exposed to the rawness of SP after a long time. Pretty incredible sound for the era, and spicy lyrics.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

Not really sure why the Pistols aren't played more during riots and insurrections. I guess it may be because people who are involved in flipping police cars and setting them on fire don't need a soundtrack for violence. If they listened to the Pistols, it might give their message more sustained power. I call for Anarchy in the Universe.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

Está chulo.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

Such a legendary album! But also, it is punk rock, so it sounds rather similar to all the other 77'ers. The vocal performance is quite hysteric (especially on Anarchy in the UK), which definitely adds to the enjoyment and the abrasiveness. Whereas the distortion isn't extreme, it is quite an abrasive and noisy soundscape to emerge in, which suits the album. For me, it is one of the better punk albums (with the hysteric vocals being a big contributor) but it is also hard not to acknowledge what a cultural phenomenon it was and was part of. And hey, God save the queen, 'Cause tourists are money!

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