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10,000 Maniacs Because The Night

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10,000 Maniacs Eat For Two

10,000 Maniacs Like The Weather

10,000 Maniacs Trouble Me

10,000 Maniacs What's The Matter Here

Acker Bilk Stranger On The Shore

Adam Faith Someone Else's Baby

Alanis Morissette Ironic

Alanis Morissette King Of Pain

Alanis Morissette Thank You

Alexander O'Neal Criticize

Alexander O'Neal Hearsay

Alexander O'Neal If You Were Here Tonight

Alice Cooper Elected

Alice Cooper Hello Hooray

Alice Cooper I'm Eighteen

Alice Cooper No More Mr Nice Guy

Alice Cooper School's Out

Alison Moyet All Cried Out

Alison Moyet For You Only

Alison Moyet Invisible

Alison Moyet Is This Love

Alison Moyet Love Resurrection

Alison Moyet Ordinary Girl

Alison Moyet That Old Devil Called Love

Alison Moyet Weak In The Presence Of Beauty

Amy Winehouse Rehab

Amy Winehouse Valerie

Bill Haley & The Comets Rock Around The Clock

Bill Haley & The Comets See You Later Alligator

Billy Fury Long Live Rock

Bobby Darin Dream Lover

Bobby Darin Splish Splash

Bobby Darin Multiplication

Bobby Vee Rubber Ball

Bobby Vee Take Good Care Of My Baby

Bobby Vee The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

Brenda Lee Let's Jump The Broomstick

Brenda Lee Sweet Nuthins

Bryan Hyland Sealed With A Kiss

Buddy Holly Brown Eyed Handsome Man

Buddy Holly Crying Waiting Hoping

Buddy Holly Everyday

Buddy Holly Fools Paradise

Buddy Holly Heartbeat

Buddy Holly It Doesn't Matter Anymore

Buddy Holly It's So Easy

Buddy Holly Maybe Baby

Buddy Holly Oh Boy

Buddy Holly Peggy Sue

Buddy Holly Raining In My Heart

Buddy Holly Rave On

Buddy Holly Reminiscing

Buddy Holly Take Your Time

Buddy Holly That'll Be The Day

Buddy Holly Think It Over

Buddy Holly True Love Ways

Buddy Holly Words Of Love

Carol King It Might As Well Rain Until September

Chris Montez The More I See You

Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again

Chuck Berry Johnny B Goode

Cliff Richards Bachelor Boy

Cliff Richards Congratulations

Cliff Richards Living Doll

Cliff Richards Lucky Lips

Cliff Richards On The Beach

Cliff Richards Summer Holiday

Cliff Richards The Young Ones

Connie Francis Lipstick On Your Collar

Craig Douglas Pretty Blue Eyes

Danny & The Juniors At The Hop

Dave Clark Five Bits And Pieces

Dave Clark Five Catch Us If You Can

Dave Clark Five Do You Love Me

Dave Clark Five Glad All Over

Del Shannon Hat's Off To Larry

Del Shannon Runaway

Del Shannon So Long Baby

Dion Runaround Sue

Dion Teenage In Love

Doris Day Move Over Darling

Dusty Springfield I Only Want To Be With You

Eddie Cochran Somethin Else

Eddie Cochran Three Steps To Heaven

Elvis Presley Burning Love

Elvis Presley Hound Dog

Elvis Presley It's Now Or Never

Elvis Presley Return To Sender

Emile Ford & Checkmates What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes

Ernie K Doe Mother In Law

Fats Domino I'm Ready

Floyd Cramer On The Rebound

Frankie Avalon De De Dinah

Frankie Avalon Gingerbread

Frankie Laine Champion The Wonderhorse

Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Freddie And The Dreamers Do The Freddie

Freddie And The Dreamers I'm Telling You Now

Freddie And The Dreamers You Were Made For Me

Freddie Cannon Tallahassie Lassie

Geno Washington Que Sera Sera

George Formby Bango Boy

George Formby Happy Go Lucky Me

Gerry & The Pacemakers Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

Gerry & The Pacemakers Ferry Cross The Mersey

Gerry & The Pacemakers How Do You Do It

Gerry & The Pacemakers I Like It

Gerry & The Pacemakers I'm The One

Gerry & The Pacemakers You'll Never Walk Alone

Helen Shapiro Walking Back To Happiness

Helen Shapiro You Don't Know

Hermans Hermits Henry The Eighth

Hermans Hermits I'm Into Something Good

Hermans Hermits Mrs Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter

Hermans Hermits No Milk Today

Hermans Hermits Silhouettes

Hermans Hermits Wonderful World

Jerry Lee Lewis Breathless

Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls Of Fire

Jerry Lee Lewis High School Confidential

Jerry Lee Lewis Whole Lot Of Shaking Going On

Jimmy Jones Timing

John Leyton Johnny Remember Me

John Leyton Wild Wind

Johnny And The Hurricanes Red River Rock

Johnny And The Hurricanes Rocking Goose

Johnny Tillotson Poetry In Motion

Kathy Kirby Let Me Go Lover

Kenny Lynch Up On The Roof

Lee Marvin Wandering Star

Leslie Gore It's My Party

Little Eva Let's Turkey Trot

Little Eva The Locomotion

Little Richard Good Golly Miss Molly

Little Richard Keep a Knockin

Little Richard Lucille

Little Richard Tutti Frutti

Lonnie Donegan My Old Mans A Dustmen

Lord Rockinghams XI Hoots Mon!

Lulu Shout

Lynyrd Skynyrd Free Bird

Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man

Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama

Lynyrd Skynyrd That Smell

Marty Wilde A Teenager In Love

Marv Johnson You Got What It Takes

Neil Sedaka Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Neil Sedaka Calendar Girl

Neil Sedaka Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen

Neil Sedaka I Go Ape

Neil Sedaka Living Next Door To An Angel

Neil Sedaka Oh Carol

Pat Boone Speedy Gonzales

Paul Anka Diana

Petula Clark Sailor

Randy And The Rainbows Denise

Richie Valens Donna

Richie Valens La Bamba

Ricky Nelson It's Late

Sam Cooke A Change Is Gonna Come

Sam Cooke Another Saturday Night

Sam Cooke Chain Gang

Sam Cooke Cupid

Sam Cooke Everybody Likes To Cha Cha Cha

Sam Cooke Good Times

Sam Cooke I'll Come Running Back To You

Sam Cooke Just For You

Sam Cooke Only Sixteen

Sam Cooke That's Where It's At

Sam Cooke Touch The Hem Of His Garment

Sam Cooke Twisting The Night Away

Sam Cooke What A Wonderful World

Sam Cooke Win Your Love For Me

Sam Cooke You Send Me

Sam Cooke You Were Made For Me

Sandie Shaw Long Live Love

Sonny Till And The Orioles Crying In The Chapel

Susan Maughan Bobby's Girl

Terry Dene Lover Lover

The Angels My Boyfriends Back

The Beatles A Day In The Life

The Beatles All My Loving

The Beatles And I Love Her

The Beatles And Your Bird Can Sing

The Beatles Can't Buy Me Love

The Beatles Dizzy Miss Lizzy

The Beatles Drive My Car

The Beatles Eight Days A Week

The Beatles From Me To You

The Beatles Hard Days Night

The Beatles Help

The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand

The Beatles I'll Be Back

The Beatles In My Life

The Beatles It Won't Be Long

The Beatles Let It Be

The Beatles Love Me Do

The Beatles Mr Postman

The Beatles My Bonnie

The Beatles Nowhere Man

The Beatles Penny Lane

The Beatles Please Please Me

The Beatles Rock And Roll Music

The Beatles Roll Over Beethoven

The Beatles She Loves You

The Beatles Strawberrry Fields Forever

The Beatles Taxman

The Beatles Tell Me Why

The Beatles Ticket To Ride

The Beatles Till There Was You

The Beatles Twist And Shout

The Beatles While My Guitar Gently Weeps

The Beatles With A Little Help From My Friends

The Beatles Yesterday

The Beatles You Can't Do That

The Beatles You're Going To Lose That Girl

The Beatles You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

The Beatles Baby It's You

The Beatles I Saw Her Standing There

The Beatles Things We Said Today

The Big Bopper Chantilly Lace

The Big Three Some Other Guy

The Cascades Rhythm Of The Falling Rain

The Chiffons One Fine Day

The Chordettes Lollipop

The Chordettes Mr Sandman

The Clovers Love Potion No 9

The Coasters Charlie Brown

The Coasters Yakety Yak

The Contours Do You Love Me

The Crew Cuts Sh Boom

The Crystals Then He Kissed Me

The Del Vikings Come Go With Me

The Diamonds Little Darlin

The Dixie Cups Chapel Of Love

The Drifters Saturday Night At The Movies

The Drifters Under The Boardwalk

The Drifters Up On The Roof

The Duprees You Belong To Me

The Earls Remember Then

The Edsels Rama Lama Ding Dong

The Everly Brothers Bird Dog

The Everly Brothers Bye Bye Love

The Everly Brothers Cathy's Clown

The Everly Brothers Wake Up Little Susie

The Everly Brothers Walk Right Back

The Everly Brothers When Will I Be Loved

The Flamingos I Only Have Eyes For You

The Four Aces Mr Sandman

The Four Seasons Sherry

The Hollies Bus Stop

The Hollies Carrie Anne

The Hollies He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

The Hollies Jennifer Eccles

The Hollies Just One Look

The Hollies On A Carousel

The Hollies Stop Stop Stop

The Hollies The Air That I Breathe

The Isley Brothers Twist And Shout

The John Barry Seven + Four Hit And Miss

The Mamas & The Papas California Dreamin

The Mamas & The Papas Creeque Alley

The Mamas & The Papas Dancing In The Street

The Mamas & The Papas Dream A Little Dream Of Me

The Mamas & The Papas I Call Your Name

The Mamas & The Papas Monday Monday

The Marcels Blue Moon

The Marvelettes Mr Postman

The Miracles Shop Around

The Monotones Who Wrote The Book Of Love

The Mystics Hushabye

The Penguins Earth Angel

The Platters The Great Pretender

The Poni Tails Born Too Late

The Regents Barbara Ann

The Rivingtons Papa Oom Mow Wow

The Ronettes Be My Baby

The Searchers Don't Throw Your Love Away

The Searchers Needles And Pins

The Searchers Sweets For My Sweet

The Seekers Georgy Girl

The Seekers I'll Never Find Another You

The Shadows Apache

The Shadows FBI

The Shadows Foot Tapper

The Shadows Perfidia

The Shadows Wonderful Land

The Shangri-Las Leader Of The Pack

The Shirelles Will You Love Me Tomorrow

The Silhouettes Get A Job

The Tokens The Lion Sleeps Tonight

The Tornados Telstar

The Viscounts Who Put The Bomp

The Wrens Will You Come Back My Love

Tommy Roe Sheila

Twinkle Terry

Vera Lynn We'll Meet Again

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Dani Wilde

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David Bustamante

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Dionne Warwick

Don Henley

Donna Lewis

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Helen Reddy

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Isabelle Boulay

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James Ingram

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James Morrison

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Jamie Scott & The Town

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Janita

Jann Arden

Jason Reeves

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Rush

Jennifer Warnes

Jewel

Joan Osborne

Joe

Joey Tempest

John Barrowman

John Farnham

John Illsley

Jonny Lang

Josh Groban

Joshua Kadison

Judy Collins

Julio Iglesias

Justin Hayward

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Karla Bonoff

Kelly Sweet

Kenny G

Kenny Rogers

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Kim Carnes

Kina Grannis

Kip Hanrahan

Kip Winger

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Laura Pausini

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Peter Cetera

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Rachelle Ferrell

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Rebekka Bakken

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Rhydian

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Ricky Martin

Rita Coolidge

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Roch Voisine

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

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Sex Pistols

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Sex Pistols
Sex Pistols in Paradiso.jpg
The Sex Pistols in Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands on 6 January 1977.
L-R: Paul CookGlen MatlockJohnny Rotten,Steve Jones.
Background information
OriginLondon, England
GenresPunk rock
Years active1975–1978
Reunion (1996, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008)
LabelsEMIA&MVirginWarner Bros.,Universal Music Group
Associated actsPublic Image Ltd
The Professionals
Rich Kids
Neurotic Outsiders
Vicious White Kids
Sham Pistols
Siouxsie and the Banshees
The Flowers of Romance
Man Raze
Websitewww.sexpistolsofficial.com
MembersSteve Jones
Paul Cook
Glen Matlock
Johnny Rotten
Past membersSid Vicious
Sex Pistols were an English punk band that formed in London in 1975. They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians. Although their initial career lasted just two-and-a-half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history ofpopular music.[1][2]
The Sex Pistols originally comprised vocalist Johnny Rotten, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassist Glen Matlock. Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious in early 1977. Under the management of impresario Malcolm McLaren, a visual artist, performer, clothes designer and boutique owner, the band provoked controversies that took Britain by storm. Their concerts repeatedly faced difficulties with organisers and local authorities, and public appearances often ended in mayhem. Their 1977 single "God Save the Queen", attacking social conformity and deference to the Crown, precipitated the "last and greatest outbreak of pop-based moral pandemonium".[3]
In January 1978, at the end of a turbulent tour of the United States, Rotten left the band and announced its break-up. Over the next several months, the three other band members recorded songs for McLaren's film version of the Sex Pistols' story, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle. Vicious died of a heroin overdose in February 1979. In 1996, Rotten, Jones, Cook and Matlock reunited for the Filthy Lucre Tour; since 2002, they have staged further reunion shows and tours. On 24 February 2006, the Sex Pistols—the four original members plus Vicious—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they refused to attend the ceremony, calling the museum "a piss stain".[4]

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[edit]History

[edit]Origins and early days

The Sex Pistols' logo
The Sex Pistols evolved from The Strand, a London band formed in 1972 with working-class teenagers Steve Jones on vocals, Paul Cook on drums, and Wally Nightingale on guitar. According to a later account by Jones, both he and Cook played on instruments they had stolen.[5] Early line-ups of The Strand—sometimes known as The Swankers—also included Jim Mackin on organ and Stephen Hayes (and later, briefly, Del Noones) on bass.[6]The band members hung out regularly at two clothing shops on Kings Road, in London's Chelsea neighbourhood: John Krivine and Steph Raynor'sAcme Attractions (where Don Letts worked as manager)[7] and Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die.
The McLaren–Westwood store had opened in 1971 as Let It Rock, with a 1950s revival Teddy Boy theme. It had been renamed in 1972 to focus on another revival trend, the rocker look associated with Marlon Brando.[8] As John Lydon later observed, "Malcolm and Vivienne were really a pair of shysters: they would sell anything to any trend that they could grab onto."[9] The shop was to become a focal point of the punk rock scene, bringing together participants such as the future Sid ViciousMarco Pirroni (who became a guitarist, songwriter and record producer), Gene October (who became the singer for the punk band Chelsea), and Mark Stewart, among many others.[10] Jordan, the English model and actress noted for her work with Vivienne Westwood and the SEX boutique, was a wildly styled shop assistant, who is credited with "pretty well single-handedly paving the punk look".[11]
In early 1974, Jones convinced McLaren to help out The Strand. Effectively becoming the group's manager, McLaren paid for their first formal rehearsal space. Glen Matlock, an art student who occasionally worked at Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die, was recruited as the band's regular bassist.[12]In November, McLaren temporarily relocated to New York City. Before his departure, McLaren and Westwood had conceived of a new identity for their shop: renamed Sex, it changed its focus from retro couture to S&M-inspired "anti-fashion", with a billing as "Specialists in rubberwear, glamourwear & stagewear".[13]
After informally managing and promoting the New York Dolls for a few months, McLaren returned to London in May 1975.[14] Inspired by the punk scenethat was beginning to emerge in Lower Manhattan—in particular by the radical visual style and attitude of Richard Hell, then with Television—McLaren began taking greater interest in The Strand.[15]
The group had been rehearsing regularly, overseen by McLaren's friend Bernard Rhodes, and had performed publicly for the first time. Soon after McLaren's return, Nightingale was kicked out of the band and Jones, uncomfortable as frontman, took over guitar duties.[16] According to journalist and former McLaren employee Phil Strongman, around this time the band adopted the name QT Jones and the Sex Pistols (or QT Jones & His Sex Pistols, as one Rhodes-designed T-shirt put it).[17] McLaren had been talking with the New York Dolls' Sylvain Sylvain about coming over to England to front the group.
When those plans fell through, McLaren, Rhodes and the band began looking locally for a new member to assume the lead vocal duties.[18] As described by Matlock, "Everyone had long hair then, even the milkman, so what we used to do was if someone had short hair we would stop them in the street and ask them if they fancied themselves as a singer."[19] Among those they approached was Midge Ure, who was involved with his own band, SlikKevin Rowland—who would cofound Dexys Midnight Runners three years later—auditioned, but apart from Matlock, no one was impressed. With the search going nowhere, McLaren made several calls to Richard Hell, who turned down the invitation.[20]

[edit]John Lydon joins the band

In August 1975, Rhodes spotted nineteen-year-old Kings Road habitué John Lydon wearing a Pink Floyd T-shirt with the words I Hate handwritten above the band's name and holes scratched through the eyes.[21][22][23] Reports vary at this point: the same day, or soon after, either Rhodes or McLaren asked Lydon to come to a nearby pub in the evening to meet Jones and Cook.[21][24]According to Jones, "He came in with green hair. I thought he had a really interesting face. I liked his look. He had his 'I Hate Pink Floyd' T-shirt on, and it was held together with safety pins. John had something special, but when he started talking he was a real arsehole—but smart."[21] When the pub closed, the group moved over to Sex, where Lydon, who had given little thought to singing, was convinced to improvise along to Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" on the shop jukebox. Though the performance drove the band members to laughter, McLaren convinced them to start rehearsing with Lydon.[21][25]
Lydon later described the social context in which the band came together:
Early Seventies Britain was a very depressing place. It was completely run-down, there was trash on the streets, total unemployment—just about everybody was on strike. Everybody was brought up with an education system that told you point blank that if you came from the wrong side of the tracks...then you had no hope in hell and no career prospects at all. Out of that came pretentious moi and the Sex Pistols and then a whole bunch of copycat wankers after us.[26]
Nick Kent—a writer for the New Musical Express (NME)—used to jam occasionally with the band, but left upon Lydon's recruitment. "When I came along, I took one look at him and said, 'No. That has to go,'" Lydon later explained. "He's never written a good word about me ever since."[27] In September, McLaren again helped hire private rehearsal space for the group, which had been practising in pubs. Cook, who had a full-time job he was loath to give up, was making noises about quitting. According to Matlock's later description, Cook "created a smokescreen" by claiming Jones wasn't skilled enough to be the band's sole guitarist. An advertisement was placed in Melody Maker for a "Whizz Kid Guitarist. Not older than 20. Not worse looking than Johnny Thunders" (referring to a leading member of the New York punk scene).[28] Most of those who turned up to audition were obviously incompetent, but in McLaren's view, the process created a new sense of solidarity among the four band members.[29] The one talented guitarist who tried out, Steve New, was brought on. Jones, however, was improving rapidly and the band's developing sound had no room for the sort of technical lead work at which New was adept. He departed after a month.[30]
Lydon had been rechristened "Johnny Rotten" by Jones, apparently because of his bad dental hygiene.[23][31] The band also settled on a name. After considering options such as Le Bomb, Subterraneans, the Damned, Beyond, Teenage Novel, Kid Gladlove, and Crème de la Crème, they decided on Sex Pistols—a shortened form of the name they had apparently been working under informally.[32] McLaren later explained that the name derived "from the idea of a pistol, a pin-up, a young thing, a better-looking assassin". Not given to modesty, false or otherwise, he added, "[I] launched the idea in the form of a band of kids who could be perceived as being bad."[33] The group began writing original material: Rotten was the lyricist and Matlock the primary melody writer (though their first collaboration, "Pretty Vacant", had a complete lyric by Matlock, which Rotten tweaked a bit); official credit was shared equally among the four.[34][35]
The new quartet's first gig was arranged by Matlock, who was studying at Saint Martins College. The band played at the school on 6 November 1975,[36] in support of a pub rock group calledBazooka Joe, arranging to use their amps and drums. The Sex Pistols performed several cover songs, including The Who's "Substitute", the Small Faces' "Whatcha Gonna Do About It", "(Don't you Give Me) No Lip" by Dave Berry, and "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone", made famous by The Monkees; according to observers, they were unexceptional musically aside from being extremely loud. Before the Pistols could play the few original songs they had written to date, Bazooka Joe pulled the plugs as they saw their gear being trashed. A brief physical altercation between members of the two bands took place on stage.[37]

[edit]Building a following

The original line-up of the Sex Pistols, early 1976. Left to right: Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and Paul Cook.
The Saint Martins gig was followed by other performances at colleges and art schools around London. The Sex Pistols' core group of followers—including Siouxsie SiouxSteve Severin and Billy Idol, who would go on to form bands of their own—came to be known as the Bromley Contingent, after the neighbourhood several were from.[38] Their cutting-edge fashion, much of it supplied by Sex, ignited a trend that was adopted by the new fans the band attracted.[39] McLaren and Westwood saw the incipient London punk movement as a vehicle for more than just couture. They were both captivated by the May 1968 radical uprising in Paris, particularly by the ideology and agitations of the Situationists, as well as the anarchist thought ofBuenaventura Durruti and others.[40]
These interests were shared with Jamie Reid, an old friend of McLaren's who began producing publicity material for the Sex Pistols in spring 1976.[41](The cut-up lettering employed to create the classic Sex Pistols logo and many subsequent designs for the band was actually introduced by McLaren's friend Helen Wellington-Lloyd.)[42] "We used to talk to John [Lydon] a lot about the Situationists," Reid later said. "The Sex Pistols seemed the perfect vehicle to communicate ideas directly to people who weren't getting the message from left-wing politics."[43] McLaren was also arranging for the band's first photo sessions.[44] As described by music historian Jon Savage, "With his green hair, hunched stance and ragged look, [Lydon] looked like a cross between Uriah Heep and Richard Hell."[45]
The first Sex Pistols gig to attract broader attention was as a supporting act for Eddie and the Hot Rods, a leading pub rock group, at the Marquee on 12 February 1976. Rotten "was now really pushing the barriers of performance, walking off stage, sitting with the audience, throwing Jordan across the dancefloor and chucking chairs around, before smashing some of Eddie and the Hot Rods' gear."[46] The band's first review appeared in the NME, accompanied by a brief interview in which Steve Jones declared, "Actually we're not into music. We're into chaos."[47] Among those who read the article were two students at the Bolton Institute of TechnologyHoward Devoto and Pete Shelley, who headed down to London in search of the Sex Pistols. After chatting with McLaren at Sex, they saw the band at a couple of late February gigs.[48] The two friends immediately began organizing their own Pistols-style group, the Buzzcocks. As Devoto later put it, "My life changed the moment that I saw the Sex Pistols."[49]
The Pistols were soon playing other important venues, debuting at Oxford Street's 100 Club on 30 March.[50] On 3 April, they played for the first time at the Nashville, supporting The 101ers. The pub rock group's lead singer, Joe Strummer, saw the Pistols for the first time that night—and recognized punk rock as the future.[51] A return gig at the Nashville on 23 April demonstrated the band's growing musical competence, but by all accounts lacked a spark. Westwood provided that by instigating a fight with another audience member; McLaren and Rotten were soon involved in the melee.[52] Cook later said, "That fight at the Nashville: that's when all the publicity got hold of it and the violence started creeping in.... I think everybody was ready to go and we were the catalyst."[53] The Pistols were soon banned from both the Nashville and the Marquee.[54]
On 23 April, as well, the debut album by the leading punk rock band in the New York scene, the Ramones, was released. Though it is regarded as seminal to the growth of punk rock in England and elsewhere, Lydon has repeatedly rejected any suggestion that it influenced the Sex Pistols: "[The Ramones] were all long-haired and of no interest to me. I didn't like their image, what they stood for, or anything about them";[55] "They were hilarious but you can only go so far with 'duh-dur-dur-duh'. I've heard it. Next. Move on."[56] On 11 May, the Pistols began a four-week-long Tuesday night residency at the 100 Club.[57] They devoted the rest of the month to touring small cities and towns in the north of England and recording demos in London with producer and recording artist Chris Spedding.[57][58] The following month they played their first gig in Manchester, arranged by Devoto and Shelley. The Sex Pistols' 4 June performance at the Lesser Free Trade Hall set off a punk rock boom in the city.[59][60]
The Sex Pistols in performance at the 100 Club, 1976. On the right: Steve Jones (foreground) and Johnny Rotten (background).
On 4 and 6 July, respectively, two newly formed London punk rock acts, The Clash—with Strummer as lead vocalist—and The Damned, made their live debuts opening for the Sex Pistols. On their off night in between, the Pistols (despite Lydon's later professed disdain) showed up for a Ramones gig at Dingwalls, like virtually everyone else at the heart of the London punk scene.[61] During a return Manchester engagement, 20 July, the Pistols premiered a new song, "Anarchy in the U.K.", reflecting elements of the radical ideologies to which Rotten was being exposed.
According to Jon Savage, "there seems little doubt that Lydon was fed material by Vivienne Westwood and Jamie Reid, which he then converted into his own lyric."[62] "Anarchy in the U.K." was among the seven originals recorded in another demo session that month, this one overseen by the band's sound engineer, Dave Goodman.[63] McLaren organized a major event for 29 August at the Screen on the Green in London's Islington district: the Buzzcocks and The Clash opened for the Sex Pistols in punk's "first metropolitan test of strength".[64] Three days later, the band were in Manchester to tape what would be their first television appearance, for Tony Wilson's So It Goes. Scheduled to perform just one song, "Anarchy in the U.K.", the band ran straight through another two numbers as pandemonium broke out in the control room.[65]
The Sex Pistols played their first concert outside Britain on 3 September, at the opening of the Chalet du Lac disco in Paris. The Bromley Contingent accompanied them, with Siouxsie Sioux's swastika armband causing a stir.[66] The following day, the So It Goes performance aired; the audience heard "Anarchy in the U.K." introduced with a shout of "Get off your arse!"[66][67] On 13 September, the Pistols began a tour of Britain.[68] A week later, back in London, they headlined the opening night of the 100 Club Punk Special. Organized by McLaren (for whom the word "festival" had too much of a hippie connotation), the event was "considered the moment that was the catalyst for the years to come."[69] Belying the common perception that punk bands couldn't play their instruments, contemporary music press reviews, later critical assessments of concert recordings, and testimonials by fellow musicians indicate that the Pistols had developed into a tight, ferocious live band.[70] As Rotten tested out wild vocalization styles, the instrumentalists experimented "with overload, feedback and distortion...pushing their equipment to the limit".[71]

[edit]EMI and the Grundy incident

On 8 October 1976, the major record label EMI signed the Sex Pistols to a two-year contract.[72] In short order, the band was in the studio recording a full-dress session with Dave Goodman. As later described by Matlock, "The idea was to get the spirit of the live performance. We were pressurized to make it faster and faster."[73] The riotous results were rejected. Chris Thomas, who had produced Roxy Music and mixed Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, was brought in to produce.[74] The band's first single, "Anarchy in the U.K.", was released on 26 November 1976.[73] John Robb—soon to be a cofounder of The Membranes and later a music journalist—described the record's impact: "From Steve Jones' opening salvo of descending chords, to Johnny Rotten's fantastic sneering vocals, this song is the perfect statement...a stunningly powerful piece of punk politics...a lifestyle choice, a manifesto that heralds a new era".[75] Colin Newman, who had just cofounded the band Wire, heard it as "the clarion call of a generation."[76]
"Anarchy in the U.K." was not the first British punk single, pipped by The Damned's "New Rose". "We Vibrate" had also appeared from The Vibrators, a pub rock band formed early in 1976 that had become associated with punk—though, according to Jon Savage "with their long hair and mildly risqué name, the Vibrators were passers-by as far as punk taste-makers were concerned."[77]Unlike those songs, whose lyrical content was comfortably within rock 'n' roll traditions, "Anarchy in the U.K." linked punk to a newly politicized attitude—the Pistols' stance was aggrieved, euphoric and nihilistic, all at the same time. Rotten's howls of "I am an anti-christ" and "Destroy!" repurposed rock as an ideological weapon.[78] The single's packaging and visual promotion also broke new ground. Reid and McLaren came up with the notion of selling the record in a completely wordless, featureless black sleeve.[79] The primary image associated with the single was Reid's "anarchy flag" poster: a Union Flag ripped up and partly safety-pinned back together, with the song and band names clipped along the edges of a gaping hole in the middle. This and other images created by Reid for the Sex Pistols quickly became punk icons.[80]
The Sex Pistols' behaviour, as much as their music, brought them national attention. On 1 December 1976, the band and members of the Bromley Contingent created a storm of publicity by swearing during an early evening live broadcast of Thames Television's Todayprogramme. Appearing as last-minute replacements for fellow EMI artists Queen, the band and their entourage were offered drinks as they waited to go on air. During the interview, Jones said the band had "fucking spent" its label advance and Rotten used the word "shit". HostBill Grundy, who had earlier claimed to be drunk, engaged in repartee with Siouxsie Sioux, who declared that she had "always wanted to meet" him. Grundy responded, "Did you really? We'll meet afterwards, shall we?" This prompted the following exchange between Jones and the host:
Jones: You dirty sod. You dirty old man.
Grundy: Well keep going, chief, keep going. Go on. You've got another five seconds. Say something outrageous.
Jones: You dirty bastard.
Grundy: Go on, again.
Jones: You dirty fucker.
Grundy: What a clever boy.
Jones: What a fucking rotter.[81]
Daily Mirror front page, 2 December 1976
Although the programme was broadcast only in the London region, the ensuing furore occupied the tabloid newspapers for days. The Daily Mirrorfamously ran the headline "The Filth and the Fury!";[82] other papers such as the Daily Express ("Fury at Filthy TV Chat") and the Daily Telegraph ("4-Letter Words Rock TV") followed suit.[83] Thames Television suspended Grundy, and though he was later reinstated, the interview effectively ended his career.[84]
The episode made the band household names throughout the country and brought punk into mainstream awareness. The Pistols set out on the Anarchy Tour of the UK, supported by The Clash and Johnny Thunders' band The Heartbreakers, over from New York. The Damned were briefly part of the tour, before McLaren kicked them off. Media coverage was intense, and many of the concerts were cancelled by organizers or local authorities; of approximately twenty scheduled gigs, only about seven actually took place.[85] Following a campaign waged in the south Wales press, a crowd including carol singers and a Pentecostal preacher protested against the group outside a show in Caerphilly.[86] Packers at the EMI plant refused to handle the band's single.[87]
Bernard Brook-Partridge, a Conservative member of the Greater London Council and chairman of the Arts committee from 1977, declared, "Most of these groups would be vastly improved by sudden death. The worst of the punk rock groups I suppose currently are the Sex Pistols. They are unbelievably nauseating. They are the antithesis of humankind. I would like to see somebody dig a very, very large, exceedingly deep hole and drop the whole bloody lot down it."[88]
Following the end of the tour in late December, three concerts were arranged in Holland for January 1977. The band, hungover, boarded a plane atLondon Heathrow Airport early on 4 January; a few hours later, the Evening News was reporting that the band had "vomited and spat their way" to the flight.[89] Despite categorical denials by the EMI representative who accompanied the group, the label, which was under political pressure, released the band from their contract.[90] As McLaren fielded offers from other labels, the band went into the studio for a round of recordings with Goodman, their last with either him or Matlock.[91]

[edit]Sid Vicious joins the band

Sex Pistols in Paradiso in 1977: Johnny Rotten & Steve Jones
In February 1977, word leaked out that Matlock was leaving the Sex Pistols. On 28 February, McLaren sent a telegram to the NME confirming the split. He claimed that Matlock had been "thrown out...because he went on too long about Paul McCartney.... The Beatles was too much."[92] In an interview a few months afterwards, Steve Jones echoed the charge that Matlock had been sacked because he "liked The Beatles."[5] Years later, Jones expanded on the matter of the band's issues with Matlock: "He was a good writer but he didn't look like a Sex Pistol and he was always washing his feet. His mum didn't like the songs."[93] Matlock told the NME that he had voluntarily left the band by "mutual agreement".[92]
Later, in his autobiography, he would describe the primary impetus as his increasingly acrimonious relationship with Rotten, exacerbated—in Matlock's account—by the rampant inflation of Rotten's ego "once he'd had his name in the papers".[94] Lydon would later claim that "God Save the Queen," the belligerently sardonic song planned as the band's second single, had been the final straw: "[Matlock] couldn't handle those kinds of lyrics. He said it declared us fascists." Though the singer could hardly see how anti-royalism equated with fascism, he claimed, "Just to get rid of him, I didn't deny it."[95] Jon Savage suggests that Rotten pushed Matlock out in an effort to demonstrate his power and autonomy from McLaren.[96] Matlock almost immediately formed his own band, Rich Kids, with Midge UreSteve New, and Rusty Egan.
A 1977 promotional poster.
Matlock was replaced by Rotten's friend and self-appointed "ultimate Sex Pistols fan" Sid Vicious. Born John Simon Ritchie, later known as John Beverley, Vicious was previously drummer of two inner circle punk bands, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Flowers of Romance. He was also credited with introducing the pogo dance to the scene at the 100 Club. John Robb claims it was at the first Sex Pistols residency gig, 11 May 1976; Matlock is convinced it happened during the second night of the 100 Club Punk Special in September, when the Pistols were off playing in Wales.[97] In Matlock's description, Rotten wanted Vicious in the band because "[i]nstead of him against Steve and Paul, it would become him and Sid against Steve and Paul. He always thought of it in terms of opposing camps".[98]
Julien Temple, then a film student whom McLaren had put on the Sex Pistols payroll to create a comprehensive audiovisual record of the band, concurs: "Sid was John's protégé in the group, really. The other two just thought he was crazy."[96] McLaren later stated that, much earlier in the band's career, Vivienne Westwood had told him he should "get the guy called John who came to the store a couple of times" to be the singer. When Johnny Rotten was recruited for the band, Westwood said McLaren had got it wrong: "he had got the wrong John." It was John Beverley, the future Vicious, she had been recommending.[99] McLaren approved the belated inclusion of Vicious, who had virtually no experience on his new instrument, on account of his look and reputation in the punk scene.
Pogoing aside, Vicious had been involved in a notorious incident during that memorable second night of the 100 Club Punk Special. Arrested for hurling a glass at The Damned that shattered and blinded a girl in one eye, he had served time in a remand centre—and contributed to the 100 Club banning all punk bands.[100] At a previous 100 Club gig, he had assaulted Nick Kent with a bicycle chain.[101] Indeed, McLaren's NME telegram said that Vicious's "best credential was he gave Nick Kent what he deserved many months ago at the Hundred Club".[92][102] According to a later description by McLaren, "When Sid joined he couldn't play guitar but his craziness fit into the structure of the band. He was the knight in shining armour with a giant fist."[103]
"Everyone agreed he had the look," Lydon later recalled, but musical skill was another matter. "The first rehearsals...in March of 1977 with Sid were hellish.... Sid really tried hard and rehearsed a lot".[104] Marco Pirroni, who had performed with Vicious in Siouxsie and the Banshees, has said, "After that, it was nothing to do with music anymore. It would just be for the sensationalism and scandal of it all. Then it became the Malcolm McLaren story".[103]
Membership in the Sex Pistols had a progressively destructive effect on Vicious. As Lydon later observed, "Up to that time, Sid was absolutely childlike. Everything was fun and giggly. Suddenly he was a big pop star. Pop star status meant press, a good chance to be spotted in all the right places, adoration. That's what it all meant to Sid."[103] Westwood had already been feeding him material, like a tome on Charles Manson, likely to encourage his worst instincts.[105] Early in 1977, he met Nancy Spungen, an emotionally disturbed drug addict and sometime prostitute from New York.[103][106] Spungen is commonly thought to be responsible for introducing Vicious to heroin, and the emotional codependency between the couple alienated Vicious from the other members of the band. Lydon later wrote, "We did everything to get rid of Nancy.... She was killing him. I was absolutely convinced this girl was on a slow suicide mission.... Only she didn't want to go alone. She wanted to take Sid with her.... She was so utterly fucked up and evil."[107]

[edit]"God Save the Queen"

On 10 March 1977, at a press ceremony held outside Buckingham Palace, the Sex Pistols publicly signed to A&M Records (the real signing had taken place the day before). Afterwards, intoxicated, they made their way to the A&M offices. Vicious smashed in a toilet bowl and cut his foot (there is some disagreement about which happened first). As Vicious trailed blood around the offices, Rotten verbally abused the staff and Jones got frisky in the ladies' room.[108] A couple of days later, the Pistols got into a rumble with another band at a club; one of Rotten's pals threatened the life of a good friend of A&M's English director. On 16 March, A&M broke contract with the Pistols. Twenty-five thousand copies of the planned "God Save the Queen" single, produced by Chris Thomas, had already been pressed; virtually all were destroyed.[109]
Jamie Reid's "God Save the Queen" sleeve; in 2001, it was named the greatest record cover of all time by Q magazine.[110]
Vicious debuted with the band at London's Notre Dame Hall on 28 March.[111] In May, the band signed with Virgin Records, their third new label in little more than half a year. Virgin was more than ready to release "God Save the Queen", but new obstacles arose. Workers at the pressing plant laid down their tools in protest at the song's content. Jamie Reid's now famous cover, showing Queen Elizabeth II with her features obscured by the song and band names in cutout letters, offended the sleeve's platemakers.[112] After much talk, production resumed and the record was finally released on 27 May.[113]
Johnny Rotten on stage.
The scabrous lyrics—"God save the queen/She ain't no human being/And there's no future/In England's dreaming"—prompted widespread outcry.[114] Several major chains refused to stock the single.[113] It was banned not only by the BBC but also by every independent radio station, making it the "most heavily censored record in British history".[115] Rotten boasted, "We're the only honest band that's hit this planet in about two thousand million years."[116] Jones shrugged off everything the song stated and implied—or took nihilism to a logical endpoint: "I don't see how anyone could describe us as a political band. I don't even know the name of the Prime Minister."[116] The song, and its public impact, are now recognized as "punk's crowning glory".[3]
The Virgin release had been timed to coincide with the height of Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubileecelebrations. By Jubilee weekend, a week and a half after the record's release, it had sold more than 150,000 copies—a massive success. On 7 June, McLaren and the record label arranged to charter a private boat and have the Sex Pistols perform while sailing down the River Thames, passing Westminster Pier and the Houses of Parliament. The event, a mockery of the Queen's river procession planned for two days later, ended in chaos. Police launches forced the boat to dock, and constabulary surrounded the gangplanks at the pier. While the band members and their equipment were hustled down a side stairwell, McLaren, Westwood, and many of the band's entourage were arrested.[117]
With the official UK record chart for Jubilee week about to be released, the Daily Mirrorpredicted that "God Save the Queen" would be number one. As it turned out, the record placed second, behind a Rod Stewart single in its fourth week at the top. Many believed that the record had actually qualified for the top spot, but that the chart had been rigged to prevent a spectacle. McLaren later claimed that CBS Records, which was distributing both singles, told him that the Sex Pistols were actually outselling Stewart two to one. There is evidence that an exceptional directive was issued by the British Phonographic Institute, which oversaw the chart-compiling bureau, to exclude sales from record-company operated shops such as Virgin's for that week only.[118]
Violent attacks on punk fans were on the rise. In mid-June Rotten himself was assaulted by a knife-wielding gang outside Islington's Pegasus pub, causing tendon damage to his left arm. Jamie Reid and Paul Cook were beaten up in other incidents; three days after the Pegasus assault, Rotten was attacked again.[119] A tour of Scandinavia, planned to start at the end of the month, was consequently delayed until mid-July. During the tour, a Swedish interviewer observed to Jones that "a lot of people" regarded the band as McLaren's "creation". Jones replied, "He's our manager, that's all. He's got nothing to do with the music or the image...he's just a good manager."[5] In another interview, Rotten professed bafflement at the furore surrounding the group: "I don't understand it. All we're trying to do is destroy everything."[120] At the end of August came SPOTS—Sex Pistols On Tour Secretly, a surreptitious UK tour with the band playing under pseudonyms to avoid cancellation.[121]
McLaren had wanted for some time to make a movie featuring the Sex Pistols. Julien Temple's first major task had been to assemble Sex Pistols Number 1, a twenty-five-minute mosaic of footage from various sources, much of it refilmed by Temple from television screens.[122] Number 1 was often screened at concert venues before the band took the stage. Using media footage from the Thames incident, Temple created another propagandistic short, Jubilee Riverboat (aka Sex Pistols Number 2).[123] During summer 1977, McLaren had been making arrangements for the feature film of his dreams, Who Killed Bambi?, to be directed by Russ Meyer from a script by Roger Ebert. After a single day of shooting, 11 September, production ceased when it became clear that McLaren had failed to arrange financing.[124]

[edit]Never Mind the Bollocks

Since the spring of 1977, the three senior Sex Pistols had been returning to the studio periodically with Chris Thomas to lay down the tracks for the band's debut album. Initially to be called God Save Sex Pistols, it became known during the summer as Never Mind the Bollocks.[125] According to Jones, "Sid wanted to come down and play on the album, and we tried as hard as possible not to let him anywhere near the studio. Luckily he had hepatitis at the time."[126] Cook later described how many of the instrumental tracks were built up from drum and guitar parts, rather than the usual drum and bass.[127]
Given Vicious's incompetence, Matlock had been invited to record as a session musician. In his autobiography, Matlock says he agreed to "help out", but then suggests that he cut all ties after McLaren issued the 28 February NME telegram announcing Matlock had been fired for liking the Beatles.[128] In fact, Matlock did play as a hired hand on 3 March, for what Jon Savage describes as an "audition session".[129] In his autobiography, Lydon claims that Matlock's work-for-hire for his ex-band was extensive—much more so than any other source reports—seemingly to amplify a putdown: "I think I'd rather die than do something like that."[130] Music historian David Howard states unambiguously that Matlock did not perform on any of the Never Mind the Bollocks recording sessions.[131]
It was Jones who ultimately played most of the bass parts during the Bollocks recordings; Howard calls his rudimentary, rumbling approach the "explosive missing ingredient" of the Sex Pistols' sound.[131] Vicious's bass is reportedly present on one track that appeared on the original album release, "Bodies". Jones recalls, "He played his farty old bass part and we just let him do it. When he left I dubbed another part on, leaving Sid's down low. I think it might be barely audible on the track."[132] Following "God Save the Queen", two more singles were released from these sessions, "Pretty Vacant" (largely written by Matlock) on 1 July[133] and "Holidays in the Sun" on 14 October.[134] Each was a Top Ten hit.[135]
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (which includes "Anarchy in the U.K." and another earlier recording, "No Feelings") was released on 28 October 1977.[136] Rolling Stone praised the album as "just about the most exciting rock & roll record of the Seventies", applauding the band for playing "with an energy and conviction that is positively transcendent in its madness and fever".[137] Some critics, disappointed that the album contained all four previously released singles, dismissed it as little more than a "greatest hits" record.[138]
Containing both "Bodies"—in which Rotten utters "fuck" six times—and the previously censored "God Save the Queen" and featuring the word bollocks (popular slang for testicles) in its title, the album was banned by BootsW. H. Smith and Woolworth's.[139] The Conservative Shadow Minister for Education condemned it as "a symptom of the way society is declining" and both the Independent Television Companies' Association and the Association of Independent Radio Contractors banned its advertisements.[140] Nonetheless, advance sales were sufficient to make it an undeniable number one on the album chart.[139]
The album title led to a legal case that attracted considerable attention: a Virgin Records store in Nottingham that put the album in its window was threatened with prosecution for displaying "indecent printed matter". The case was thrown out when defending QC John Mortimer produced an expert witness who established that bollocks was an Old English term for a small ball, that it appeared in place names without causing local communities erotic disturbance, and that in the nineteenth century it had been used as a nickname for clergymen: "Clergymen are known to talk a good deal of rubbish and so the word later developed the meaning of nonsense."[141] In the context of the Pistols' album title, the term does in fact primarily signify "nonsense". Steve Jones off-handedly came up with the title as the band debated what to call the album. An exasperated Jones said, "Oh, fuck it, never mind the bollocks of it all."[142]
After playing a few dates in Holland—the beginning of a planned multinational tour—the band set out on a Never Mind the Bans tour of Britain in December 1977. Of eight scheduled dates, four were cancelled due to illness or political pressure. The band played at Cromer Links Pavilion in Norfolk on Christmas Eve 1977 after assurances that the performance would finish strictly on time and no obscenities would be heard.The tickets went on sale at the local Regal cinema priced at £1.75. On Christmas Day, the Sex Pistols played two shows at Ivanhoe's in Huddersfield. Before a regular evening concert, the band performed a benefit matinee for the children of "striking firemen, laid-off workers and one-parent families."[143] These would turn out to be the band's final UK performances.[144]

[edit]US tour and the end of the band

U.S. poster for Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
In January 1978, the Sex Pistols embarked on a US tour, consisting mainly of dates in America's Deep South. Originally scheduled to begin a few days before New Year's, it was delayed due to American authorities' reluctance to issue visas to band members with criminal records. Several dates in the North had to be cancelled as a result.[136][145] Though highly anticipated by fans and media, the tour was plagued by in-fighting, poor planning and physically belligerent audiences. McLaren later admitted that he purposely booked redneck bars to provoke hostile situations.[99] Over the course of the two weeks, Vicious, by now heavily addicted to heroin,[146] began to live up to his stage name. "He finally had an audience of people who would behave with shock and horror", Lydon later wrote. "Sid was easily led by the nose."[147]
Early in the tour, Vicious wandered off from his Holiday Inn in Memphis, Tennessee, looking for drugs. He was found in a hospital, having carved the words "Gimme a fix" in his chest with a razor. During a concert in San AntonioTexas, Vicious called the crowd "a bunch of faggots", before striking an audience member across the head with his bass guitar.[146] In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he received simulated oral sex on stage, later declaring "that’s the kind of girl I like".[148] Suffering from heroin withdrawal during a show in Dallas, Texas, he spat blood at a woman who had climbed onstage and punched him in the face.[147] He was admitted to hospital later that night to treat various injuries. Offstage he is said to have kicked a female photographer, attacked a security guard, and eventually challenged one of his own bodyguards to a fight—beaten up, he is reported to have exclaimed, "I like you. Now we can be friends."[103]
Rotten, meanwhile, suffering from flu[149] and coughing up blood, felt increasingly isolated from Cook and Jones, and disgusted by Vicious.[150] On 14 January 1978, during the tour's final date at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, a disillusioned Rotten introduced the band's encore saying, "You'll get one number and one number only 'cause I'm a lazy bastard." That one number was aStooges cover, "No Fun". At the end of the song, Rotten, kneeling on the stage, chanted an unambiguous declaration, "This is no fun. No fun. This is no fun—at all. No fun." As the final cymbal crash died away, Rotten addressed the audience directly—"Ah-ha-ha. Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Good night"—before throwing down his microphone and walking offstage.[151] He later observed, "I felt cheated, and I wasn't going on with it any longer; it was a ridiculous farce. Sid was completely out of his brains—just a waste of space. The whole thing was a joke at that point.... [Malcolm] wouldn't speak to me.... He would not discuss anything with me. But then he would turn around and tell Paul and Steve that the tension was all my fault because I wouldn't agree to anything."[152]
On 17 January, the band split, making their ways separately to Los Angeles. McLaren, Cook and Jones prepared to fly to Rio de Janeiro for a working vacation. Vicious, in increasingly bad shape, was taken to Los Angeles by a friend, who then brought him to New York, where he was immediately hospitalized.[153] Rotten later described his own situation: "The Sex Pistols left me, stranded in Los Angeles with no ticket, no hotel room, and a message to Warner Bros saying that if anyone phones up claiming to be Johnny Rotten, then they were lying. That's how I finished with Malcolm—but not with the rest of the band; I'll always like them."[154] Rotten flew to New York, where he announced the band's break-up in a newspaper interview on 18 January.[155] Virtually broke, he telephoned the head of Virgin Records, Richard Branson, who agreed to pay for his flight back to London, via Jamaica. In Jamaica, Branson met with members of the band Devo, and tried to install Rotten as their lead singer. Devo declined the offer.[156]
Cook, Jones and Vicious never performed together again live after Rotten's departure. Over the next several months, McLaren arranged for recordings in Brazil (with Jones and Cook), Paris (with Vicious) and London; each of the three and others stepped in as lead vocalists on tracks that in some cases were far from what punk was expected to sound like. These recordings were to make up the musical soundtrack for the reconceived Pistols feature film project, directed by Julian Temple, to which McLaren was now devoting himself. On 30 June, a single credited to the Sex Pistols was released: on one side, notorious criminal Ronnie Biggs sang "No One Is Innocent" accompanied by Jones and Cook; on the other, Vicious sang the classic "My Way", over both a Jones–Cook backing track and a string orchestra.[157] The single reached number seven on the charts, eventually outselling all the singles with which Rotten was involved.[158] McLaren was seeking to reconstitute the band with a permanent new frontman, but Vicious—McLaren's first choice—had sickened of him. In return for agreeing to record "My Way", Vicious had demanded that McLaren sign a sheet of paper declaring that he was no longer Vicious's manager. In August, Vicious, back in London, delivered his final performances as a nominal Sex Pistol: recording and filming cover versions of two Eddie Cochran songs. The bassist's return to New York in September put an end to McLaren's reunion dream.[159]

[edit]USA 1977-1978 Tour Dates

DateCityStateVenueNotes
29 December 1977HomesteadPennsylvaniaLeona TheatreCANCELLED
31 December 1977ChicagoIllinoisIvanhoe TheatreCANCELLED
01 January 1978ClevelandOhioThe AgoraCANCELLED
03 January 1978AlexandriaVirginiaAlexandria Roller RinkCANCELLED
05 January 1978AtlantaGeorgiaGreat Southeast Music Hall
06 January 1978MemphisTennesseeTaliesyn Ballroom
08 January 1978San AntonioTexasRandy's Rodeo
09 January 1978Baton RougeLouisianaKingfish Club
10 January 1978DallasTexasLonghorn Ballroom
12 January 1978TulsaOklahomaCain's Ballroom
14 January 1978San FranciscoCaliforniaWinterland Ballroom

[edit]After the break-up

After leaving the Pistols, Johnny Rotten reverted to his birth name of Lydon, and formed Public Image Ltd. (PiL) with former Clash member Keith Levene and school friend Jah Wobble.[160] The band went on to score a UK Top Ten hit with their debut single, 1978's "Public Image". Lydon initiated legal proceedings against McLaren and the Sex Pistols' management company, Glitterbest, which McLaren controlled. Among the claims were non-payment of royalties, improper usage of the title "Johnny Rotten", unfair contractual obligations,[161] and damages for "all the criminal activities that took place".[162] In 1979, PiL recorded the post-punk classic Metal Box. Lydon performed with the band through 1992, as well as engaging in other projects such as Time Zone withAfrika Bambaataa and Bill Laswell.
Vicious, relocated in New York, began performing as a solo artist, with Nancy Spungen acting as his manager. He recorded a live album, backed by "The Idols" featuring Arthur Kane and Jerry Nolan of the New York Dolls—Sid Sings was released in 1979. On 12 October 1978, Spungen was found dead in the Hotel Chelsea room she was sharing with Vicious, with stab wounds to her stomach and dressed only in her underwear.[163] Police recovered drug paraphernalia from the scene and Vicious was arrested and charged with her murder. In an interview at the time, McLaren said, "I can't believe he was involved in such a thing. Sid was set to marry Nancy in New York. He was very close to her and had quite a passionate affair with her."[163] (Evidence subsequently revealed points strongly to heroin dealer and sometime actor Rockets Redglare as Spungen's killer.)[164]
While free on bail, Vicious smashed a beer mug in the face of Todd Smith, Patti Smith's brother, and was arrested again on an assault charge. On 9 December 1978 he was sent to Rikers Islandjail, where he spent 55 days and underwent enforced cold-turkey detox. He was released on 1 February 1979; sometime after midnight, following a small party to celebrate his release, Vicious died of a heroin overdose.[165] He was twenty-one. Reflecting on the event, Lydon said, "Poor Sid. The only way he could live up to what he wanted everyone to believe about him was to die. That was tragic, but more for Sid than anyone else. He really bought his public image."[166]
On 7 February 1979, just five days after Vicious's death, hearings began in London on Lydon's lawsuit. Cook and Jones were allied with McLaren, but as evidence mounted that their manager had poured virtually all of the band's revenue into his beloved film project, they switched sides. On 14 February, the court put the film and its soundtrack into receivership—no longer under McLaren's control, they were now to be administered as exploitable assets for addressing the band members' financial claims. McLaren, with substantial personal debts and legal fees, took off for Paris to sign a record deal for an LP of standards, including "Non, je ne regrette rien". A month later, back in London, he disassociated himself from the film to which he had devoted so much time and money.[167] McLaren went on to manage Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow. In the mid-1980s he released a number of successful and influential records as a solo artist.[168]
The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, the soundtrack album for the still-uncompleted film, was released by Virgin Records on 24 February 1979. It is mostly composed of tracks credited to the Sex Pistols: There are the new recordings with vocals by Jones, Vicious, Cook, and Ronnie Biggs, as well as Edward Tudor-Pole, briefly considered as a permanent replacement for Rotten. McLaren himself takes the mic for a couple of numbers. Several tracks feature Rotten's vocals from early, unissued sessions, in some cases with re-recorded backing by Jones and Cook. There is one live cut, from the band's final concert in San Francisco. The album is completed by a couple of tracks in which other artists cover Sex Pistols classics.[169] Four Top Ten singles were culled from theSwindle recordings, one more than had appeared on Never Mind the Bollocks.
The 1978 "No One Is Innocent"/"My Way" was followed in 1979 by Vicious's cover of "Something Else" (number three, and the biggest-selling single ever under the Sex Pistols name); Jones singing an original, "Silly Thing" (number six); and Vicious's second Cochran cover, "C'mon Everybody" (number three). Two more singles from the soundtrack were put out under the Pistols brand—Tudor-Pole, among others, singing "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" and a Rotten vocal from 1976, "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"; both fell just shy of the Top Twenty.[170] On 21 November 1980, the final "new" studio recordings attributed to the Sex Pistols were released by Virgin: "Black Leather" and "Here We Go Again", recorded by Jones and Cook during the mid-1978 Swindlesessions, were paired as one of a half-dozen 7-inch records (the other five reconfiguring previously released material) sold together as Sex Pack.[171]
The Sex Pistols film was completed by Temple, who received sole credit for the script after McLaren had his name taken off the production. Finally released in 1980, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle still largely reflects McLaren's vision. It is a fictionalized, farcical, partially animated retelling of the band's history and aftermath with McLaren in the lead role, Jones as second lead, and contributions from Vicious (including his memorable performance of "My Way") and Cook. It incorporates promotional videos shot for "God Save the Queen" and "Pretty Vacant" and extensive documentary footage as well, much of it focusing on Rotten. In Temple's description, he and McLaren conceived it as a "very stylized...polemic". They were reacting to the fact that the Pistols had become the "poster on the bedroom wall of the day where you kneel down last thing at night and pray to your rock god. And that was never the point.... The myth had to be dynamited in some way. We had to make this film in a way to enrage the fans".[172] In the film, McLaren claims to have created the band from scratch and engineered its notorious reputation; much of what structure the loose narrative has is based on McLaren's teaching a series of "lessons" to be learned from "an invention of mine they called the punk rock".[173]
Cook and Jones continued to work through guest appearances and as session musicians. In 1980, they formed The Professionals, which lasted for two years. Jones went on to play with the bands Chequered Past and Neurotic Outsiders. He also recorded two solo albums, Mercy and Fire and Gasoline. Now a resident of Los Angeles, he hosts a daily radio program called Jonesy's Jukebox. Having played with the band Chiefs of Relief in the late 1980s and with Edwyn Collins in the 1990s,[174] Cook is now a member of Man Raze. Following The Rich Kids' break-up in 1979, Matlock played with various bands, toured with Iggy Pop, and recorded several solo albums. He is currently a member of Slinky Vagabond.
The 1979 court ruling had left many issues between Lydon and McLaren unresolved. Five years later, Lydon filed another action. Finally, on 16 January 1986, Lydon, Jones, Cook and the estate of Sid Vicious were awarded control of the band's heritage, including the rights to The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle and all the footage shot for it—more than 250 hours.[175] That same year, a fictionalized film account of Vicious's relationship with Spungen was released: Sid and Nancy, directed by Alex Cox. In his autobiography, Lydon lambastes the film, saying that it "celebrates heroin addiction", goes out of its way to "humiliate [Vicious's] life", and completely misrepresents the Sex Pistols' part in the London punk scene.[176] Although he praised Gary Oldman's performance as Vicious, Lydon felt Oldman only captured "the stage persona as opposed to the real person."

[edit]Reunions and later group activities

The original four Sex Pistols reunited in 1996 for the six-month Filthy Lucre Tour, which included dates in Europe, North and South America, Australia and Japan.[177] The band members' access to the archives associated with The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle facilitated the production of the 2000 documentary The Filth and the Fury. This film—directed, like its predecessor, by Temple—was formulated as an attempt to tell the story from the band's point of view, in contrast to Swindle's focus on McLaren and the media.[178] In 2002—the year of the Queen's Golden Jubilee—the Sex Pistols reunited again to play the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London. In 2003, their Piss Off Tour took them around North America for three weeks.
On 9 March 2006, the band sold the rights to their back catalogue to Universal Music Group. The sale was criticized by some commentators as a "sell out".[179] In November 2006, the Sex Pistols were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose citation named Vicious as well as the four living members.[1] The band rejected the honour in coarse language on their website. In a television interview, Lydon accompanied a suggestion that the Hall of Fame "Kiss this!" with an obscene gesture.[180] According to Jones, "Once you want to be put into a museum, Rock & Roll's over; it's not voted by fans, it's voted by people who induct you, or others; people who are already in it."[181]
The Sex Pistols reunited again for five performances in the U.K. in 2007.[182][183] In 2008, they undertook a series of European festival appearances, titled the Combine Harvester Tour. In August, after performing at the Dutch festival A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise, Lowlands director Eric van Eerdenburg declared the Pistols' performance "saddening": "They left their swimming pools at home only to scoop up some money here. Really, they're nothing more than that."[184] That same year, they released the DVD There'll Always Be An England, recorded at their Brixton Academy appearance on 10 November 2007.[185] In 2010, Fragrance and Beauty Limited announced the release of an authorized Sex Pistols scent. According to a statement from the cosmetics firm, "the fragrance exudes pure energy, pared down and pumped up by leather, shot through with heliotrope and brought back down to earth by a raunchy patchouli."[186] The band signed withUniversal Music Group in 2012 to re-release Never Mind the Bollocks.[187]

[edit]Legacy

[edit]Cultural influence

The Trouser Press Record Guide entry on the Sex Pistols declares that "their importance—both to the direction of contemporary music and more generally to pop culture—can hardly be overstated".[188] Rolling Stone has argued that the band, "in direct opposition to the star trappings and complacency" of mid-1970s rock, "came to spark and personify one of the few truly critical moments in pop culture—the rise of punk."[177] In 2004, the magazine ranked the Sex Pistols No. 58 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".[189] Leading music critic Dave Marshcalled them "unquestionably the most radical new rock band of the Seventies."[190]
Although the Sex Pistols were not the first punk band, the few recordings that were released during the band's brief initial existence were singularly catalytic expressions of the punk movement. The releases of "Anarchy in the U.K.", "God Save the Queen" and Never Mind the Bollocks are counted among the most important events in the history of popular music. Never Mind the Bollocksis regularly cited in accountings of all-time great albums: In 2006, it was voted No. 28 in Q magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever",[191] while Rolling Stone listed it at No. 2 in its 1987 "Top 100 Albums of the Last 20 Years".[192] It has come to be recognized as among the most influential records in rock history.[182][193] An Allmusic critique describes it as "one of the greatest, most inspiring rock records of all time".[194]
The Sex Pistols directly inspired the style, and often the formation itself, of many punk and post-punk bands during their first two-and-a-half-year run. The Clash,[195] Siouxsie and the Banshees,[196] The Adverts,[197] Vic Godard of Subway Sect,[198] and Ari Up of The Slits[199] are among those in London's "inner circle" of early punk bands that credit the Pistols. Pauline Murrayof Durham punk band Penetration saw the Pistols perform for the first time in Northallerton in May 1976. She later explained their importance,
Nothing would have happened without the Pistols. It was like, "Wow, I believe in this." What they were saying was: "It's a load of shite. I'm going to do what I do and I don't care what people think." That was the key to it. People forget that, but it was the main ideology for me: we don't care what you think—you're shit anyway. It was the attitude that got people moving, as well as the music.[200]
The Sex Pistols' 4 June 1976 concert at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall was to become one of the most significant and mythologized events in rock history. Among the audience of merely forty people or so were many who became leading figures in the punk and post-punk movements: Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto, who organized the gig and were in the process of auditioning new members for the BuzzcocksBernard SumnerIan Curtis and Peter Hook, later of Joy DivisionMark E. Smith, later of The Fall; and Morrissey, later of The SmithsAnthony H. Wilson, founder of Factory Records, saw the band for the first time at the return engagement on 20 July.[59] Among the many musicians of a later time who have acknowledged their debt to the Pistols are members of MotörheadNOFX,[201] The Stone Roses,[202] Guns N' Roses,[203] Tupac Shakur,[204]Nirvana,[205] MegadethMotley CrueGreen Day,[189] and Oasis.[206] Describing the band as "immensely influential", a London College of Music study guide notes that "many styles of popular music, such as grunge, indie, thrash metal and even rap owe their foundations to the legacy of ground breaking punk bands—of which the Sex Pistols was the most prominent."[2]
According to the Trouser Press Record Guide, "the Pistols and manager/provocateur Malcolm McLaren challenged every aspect and precept of modern music-making, thereby inspiring countless groups to follow their cue onto stages around the world. A confrontational, nihilistic public image and rabidly nihilistic socio-political lyrics set the tone that continues to guide punk bands."[188]Critic Toby Creswell locates the primary source of inspiration somewhat differently. Noting that "[i]mage to the contrary, the Pistols were very serious about music", he argues, "The real rebel yell came from Jones' guitars: a mass wall of sound based on the most simple, retro guitar riffs. Essentially, the Sex Pistols reinforced what the garage bands of the '60s had demonstrated—you don't need technique to make rock & roll. In a time when music had been increasingly complicated and defanged, the Sex Pistols' generational shift caused a real revolution."[207]
An image of Vicious lacrimosa in Madrid, 2006
Along with their abundant musical influence, the Sex Pistols' cultural reverberations are evident elsewhere. Jamie Reid's work for the band is regarded as among the most important graphic design of the 1970s and still impacts the field in the 21st century.[208] By the age of twenty-one, Sid Vicious was already a "t-shirt-selling icon".[209] While the manner of his death signified for many the inevitable failure of punk's social ambitions, it cemented his image as an archetype of doomed youth.[210] British punk fashion, still widely influential, is now customarily credited to Westwood and McLaren; as Johnny Rotten, Lydon had a lasting effect as well, especially through his bricolage approach to personal style: he "would wear a velvet collared drape jacket (ted) festooned with safety pins (Jackie Curtis through the New York punk scene), massive pin-stripe pegs (modernist), a pin-collar Wemblex (mod) customised into an Anarchy shirt (punk) and brothel creepers (ted)."[211]
Christopher Nolan, director of the Batman movie The Dark Knight, has said that Rotten inspired the characterization of The Joker, played by Heath Ledger. According to Nolan, "We very much took the view in looking at the character of the Joker that what's strong about him is this idea of anarchy. This commitment to anarchy, this commitment to chaos."[212] Ledger's costar Christian Bale has claimed that Ledger drew inspiration from watching tapes of Vicious.[213]

[edit]Conceptual basis and the question of credit

The Sex Pistols were defined by ambitions that went well beyond the musical—indeed, McLaren was at times openly contemptuous of the band's music and punk rock generally. "Christ, if people bought the records for the music, this thing would have died a death long ago," he said in 1977.[214] The degree to which the Pistols' anti-establishment stance resulted from the members' spontaneous attitudes as opposed to being cultivated by McLaren and his associates is a matter of debate—as is the very nature of that stance itself. Deprecating the music, McLaren elevated the concept, for which he later took full credit.
He would claim that the Sex Pistols were his personal, Situationist-style art project: "I decided to use people, just the way a sculptor uses clay."[35] But what had he supposedly made? The Sex Pistols were as substantial as pop culture could get: "Punk became the most important cultural phenomenon of the late 20th century", McLaren would later assert. "Its authenticity stands out against the karaoke ersatz culture of today, where everything and everyone is for sale.... [P]unk is not, and never was, for sale."[215] Or they were a cynical con: something with which "to sell trousers", as McLaren said in 1989;[216] a "carefully planned exercise to embezzle as much money as possible out of the music industry", as Jon Savage characterizes McLaren's core theme inThe Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle;[217] "cash from chaos" as the movie repeatedly puts it.[218]
Lydon, in turn, would dismiss McLaren's influence: "We made our own scandal just by being ourselves. Maybe it was that he knew he was redundant, so he overcompensated. All the talk about the French Situationists being associated with punk is bollocks. It's nonsense!"[219] Cook concurs: "Situationism had nothing to do with us. The Jamie Reids and Malcolms were excited because we were the real thing. I suppose we were what they were dreaming of."[220] According to Lydon, "If we had an aim, it was to force our own, working-class opinions into the mainstream, which was unheard of in pop music at the time."[162]
Toby Creswell argues that the "Sex Pistols' agenda was inchoate, to say the least. It was a general call to rebellion that falls apart at the slightest scrutiny."[207] Critic Ian Birch, writing in 1981, called "stupid" the claim that the Sex Pistols "had any political significance.... If they did anything, they made a lot of people content with being nothing. They certainly didn't inspire the working classes."[221] While the Conservative triumph in 1979 may be taken as evidence for that position, Julien Temple has noted that the scene inspired by the Sex Pistols "wasn't your kind of two-up, two-down working class normal families, most of it. It was over the edge of the precipice in social terms. They were actually giving a voice to an area of the working class that was almost beyond the pale."[222] Within a year of "Anarchy in the U.K." that voice was being echoed widely: scores if not hundreds of punk bands had formed across the country—groups composed largely of working-class members or middle-class members who rejected their own class values and pursued solidarity with the working class.[223]
In 1980, critic Greil Marcus reflected on McLaren's contradictory posture:
It may be that in the mind of their self-celebrated Svengali...the Sex Pistols were never meant to be more than a nine-month wonder, a cheap vehicle for some fast money, a few laughs, a touch of the old épater la bourgeoisie. It may also be that in the mind of their chief terrorist and propagandist, anarchist veteran...and Situational artist McLaren, the Sex Pistols were meant to be a force that would set the world on its ear...and finally unite music and politics. The Sex Pistols were all of these things.[224]
A couple of years before, Marcus had identified different roots underlying the band's merger of music and politics, arguing that they "have absorbed from reggae and the Rastas the idea of a culture that will make demands on those in power which no government could ever satisfy; a culture that will be exclusive, almost separatist, yet also messianic, apocalyptic and stoic, and that will ignore or smash any contradiction inherent in such a complexity of stances."[137] Critic Sean Campbell has discussed how Lydon's Irish Catholic heritage both facilitated his entrée into London's reggae scene and complicated his position vis-à-vis the ethnically English working class—the background his bandmates had in common.[225]
Critic Bill Wyman acknowledges that Lydon's "fierce intelligence and astonishing onstage charisma" were important catalysts, but ultimately finds the band's real meaning lies in McLaren's provocative media manipulations.[178] While some of the Sex Pistols' public affronts were plotted by McLaren, Westwood, and company, others were evidently not—including what McLaren himself cites as the "pivotal moment that changed everything",[215] the clash on the Bill Grundy Today show.[226] "Malcolm milked situations", says Cook, "he didn't instigate them; that was always our own doing."[227] It is also hard to ascribe the effect of the Sex Pistols' early Manchester shows on that city's nascent punk scene to anyone other than the musicians themselves. Matlock later wrote that at the point when he left the band, it was beginning to occur to him that McLaren "was in fact quite deliberately perpetrating that idea of us as his puppets.... However, on the other hand, I've since found out that even Malcolm wasn't as aware of what he was up to as he has since made out."[228] By his absence, Matlock demonstrated how crucial he was to the band's creativity: in the eleven months between his departure and the Pistols' demise, they composed only two songs.[229]
Music historian Simon Reynolds argues that McLaren came into his own as an auteur only after the group's break-up, with The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle and the recruitment of Ronnie Biggs as a vocalist.[35] Much subsequent commentary on the Sex Pistols has relied on taking seriously McLaren's onscreen proclamations in the film, whether lending them credence or not. As music journalist Dave Thompson noted in 2000, "[T]oday, Swindle is viewed by many as the truth"[230] (despite the fact that the movie purveys, among other things, a completely illiterate Steve Jones, a talking dog, and Sid Vicious shooting audience members, including his mother, at the conclusion of "My Way"). Temple points out that McLaren's characterization was intended as "a big fucking joke—that he was the puppetmeister who created these pieces of clay from plasticine boxes that he modeled away and made Johnny Rotten, made Sid Vicious. It was a joke that they were completely manufactured."[231] (In his final onscreen scene in the film, McLaren declares that he was planning the Sex Pistols affair, "Ever since I was ten years old! Ever since Elvis Presleyjoined the army!" [1956 and 1958, respectively].)[232] Temple acknowledges that McLaren ultimately "perhaps took this too much to heart."[233]
According to Pistols tour manager Noel Monk and journalist Jimmy Guterman, Lydon was much more than "the band's mouthpiece. He's its raging brain. McLaren or his friend Jamie Reid might drop a word like 'anarchy' or 'vacant' that Rotten seizes upon and turns into a manifesto, but McLaren is not the Svengali to Rotten he'd like to be perceived as. McLaren thought he was working with a tabula rasa, but he soon found out that Rotten has ideas of his own".[234] On the other hand, there is little disagreement about McLaren's marketing talent and his crucial role in making the band a subcultural phenomenon soon after its debut.[178][235] Temple adds that "he catalyzed so many people's heads. He had so many just extraordinary ideas".[236] Though, as Jon Savage emphasizes, "In fact, it was Steve Jones who first had the idea of putting the group, or any group, together with McLaren. He chose McLaren, not vice versa."[237]

[edit]Members

Former member
  • Sid Vicious – bass guitar, backing vocals (1977–78; died 1979)
Post-Rotten "Sex Pistols" singers
Lead vocalists, other than Johnny Rotten, on The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle tracks credited to the Sex Pistols:

[edit]Discography

[edit]Studio album

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertification
UKUSSENOESNZ
1977Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
  • Type: Studio album
1106121110027
  • UK: Platinum
  • US: Platinum
  • NL: Gold

[edit]Other albums

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertification
UKUSSENOESNZ
1977Spunk a
  • Type: Early recordings
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1979The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle
  • Type: Various artists soundtrack
7----26
  • UK: Gold
Some Product: Carri on Sex Pistols
  • Type: Interviews and radio spots
6-----
  • UK: Silver
1980Flogging a Dead Horse
  • Type: Compilation
23----49
  • UK: Silver
Sex Pack
  • Type: Compilation
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1985Anarchy in the U.K. - Live at the 76 Club b
  • Type: Live
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1992Kiss This
  • Type: Compilation
10-46---
  • UK: Gold
1996Filthy Lucre Live
  • Type: Live
26-46---
2002Jubilee
  • Type: Compilation
29-----
Sex Pistols
  • Type: Compilation (box set)
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2005Raw and Live
  • Type: Live
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2007Agents of Anarchy
  • Type: Compilation
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2008Live & Filthy
  • Type: Live
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  • ^a Bootleg release—1977; official release—1996, as part of Spunk/This Is Crap, bonus CD included with Never Mind the Bollocks reissue; official stand-alone release—2006.
  • ^b Bootleg release—1985; official release—2001.

[edit]Singles

YearSingleUK Singles Chart[238]
1976"Anarchy in the U.K."38
1977"God Save the Queen"2
"Pretty Vacant"6
"Holidays in the Sun"8
1978"No One Is Innocent"/"My Way"7
1979"Something Else"/"Friggin' in the Riggin'"3
"Silly Thing"/"Who Killed Bambi?" c6
"C'mon Everybody"3
"The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle"21
1980"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"21
1981"Who Killed Bambi?" c
1992"Anarchy in the U.K." (reissue)33
"Pretty Vacant" (reissue)56
1996"Pretty Vacant" (live)18
2002"God Save the Queen" (reissue)15
2007"Anarchy in the U.K." (2nd reissue)70
"God Save the Queen" (2nd reissue)42
"Pretty Vacant" (2nd reissue)65
"Holidays in the Sun" (reissue)74

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