Sex Pistols

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The most famous (and infamous) band of the late 70s punk scene. Their rebellious image combined with a commercial sound (partly thanks to producer Chris Thomas) created some of the most memorable moments of the 70s - both musical and otherwise. Line-up: Johnny Rotten (John Lydon, b. January 31, 1956 - vocals), Steve Jones (b. September 3, 1955 - guitar), Glen Matlock (b. August 27, 1956 - bass) and Paul Cook (b. July 20, 1956 - drums). In February 1977, Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious (John Ritchie aka John Beverley, b. May 10, 1957). The band effectively split up after their 1978 US tour, although Jones and Cook continued to record under the name for another year or so.

The original line-up reformed in 1996 for a series of concert tours, and has played live shows off and on since then, and released live recordings.
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940.553 Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols album art Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols (Album, Single) Sex Pistols Records 940.553 Belgium 1977 Sell This Version
VR2 Sex Pistols - Some Product - Carri On Sex Pistols album art Sex Pistols Some Product - Carri On Sex Pistols (Album) Virgin VR2 UK 1979 Sell This Version
300 279-406, 300 277, 300 278 Sex Pistols - The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle album art Sex Pistols The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Album, Comp) Virgin 300 279-406, 300 277, 300 278 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
Fact.30 Sex Pistols - The Heyday album art The Sex Pistols* The Heyday Factory Fact.30 UK 1980 Sell This Version
APOCA 3 Sex Pistols - The Mini Album album art Sex Pistols The Mini Album (MiniAlbum) Chaos Records (2) APOCA 3 UK 1985 Sell This Version
RRLC 101 Sex Pistols - Live album art The Original Pistols* Live (Album, MiniAlbum, Comp) Receiver Records Limited RRLC 101 UK 1985 Sell This Version
35161-25, 35162-00 Sex Pistols - Better Live Than Dead album art Sex Pistols Better Live Than Dead (Album, EP) Vap 35161-25, 35162-00 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
LINK LP 063 Sex Pistols - Live And Loud!! album art Sex Pistols Live And Loud!! (Album) Link Records (4) LINK LP 063 UK 1989 Sell This Version
RRLC 117 Sex Pistols - No Future U.K? album art Sex Pistols No Future U.K? (Album) Receiver Records Limited RRLC 117 UK 1989 Sell This Version
TFCK-88513 Sex Pistols - Live At Chelmsford Top Security Prison album art The Sex Pistols* Live At Chelmsford Top Security Prison (Album) Restless Records TFCK-88513 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
VACM-1114 Sex Pistols - Live At Winterland 1978 album art Sex Pistols Live At Winterland 1978 When! Recordings VACM-1114 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 41926 4 8, VUSMC 116 Sex Pistols - Filthy Lucre Live album art Sex Pistols Filthy Lucre Live (Album, EP) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 41926 4 8, VUSMC 116 Poland 1996 Sell This Version
TIN 025 Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The U.K. (Live At The 76 Club) album art Sex Pistols Anarchy In The U.K. (Live At The 76 Club) (Album, Comp) Boxart TIN 025 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
CDV 2086 Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols album art Sex Pistols = 爱的枪手* Sex Pistols = 爱的枪手* - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols(CD, Album, RE) Virgin CDV 2086 China 1999 Sell This Version
YEAAH5 Sex Pistols - Ace Fish album art Sex Pistols Ace Fish(2xCD) Yeaah! YEAAH5 UK 2000 Sell This Version
47097 Sex Pistols - Submission album art Sex Pistols Submission(CD) Delta Music 47097 UK 2002 Sell This Version
BVCM-37761 Sex Pistols - Spunk album art Sex Pistols Spunk (Album) Sanctuary Records BVCM-37761 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
74518 Sex Pistols - Agents Of Anarchy album art Sex Pistols Agents Of Anarchy LandMark (3) 74518 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
96 001 Sex Pistols - Best Of The Sex Pistols Tour 1996 album art Sex Pistols Best Of The Sex Pistols Tour 1996(10xCD, Album, RM + Box, Ltd, Num) 96 Records (3) 96 001 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
none Sex Pistols - God Save Sex Pistols album art Sex Pistols God Save Sex Pistols UMC, UMC none Europe 2016 Sell This Version
CPLDXVNY332 Sex Pistols - Anarchy in Rome album art Sex Pistols Anarchy in Rome(LP, Album) Coda Records CPLDXVNY332 US 2018 Sell This Version
RRSCV006 Sex Pistols - Live At Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Italy July 10th 1996 album art Sex Pistols Live At Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Italy July 10th 1996 (Album) Radiation Reissues RRSCV006 Italy 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

EMI-11334 Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The U.K. album art Sex Pistols Anarchy In The U.K. (Single) EMI EMI-11334 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
none Sex Pistols - I Wanna Be Me album art Sex Pistols I Wanna Be Me(Acetate, 7", S/Sided) Abbey Road Studios none UK 1976 Sell This Version
none Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK album art Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK(Acetate, 8", Single) EMI none UK 1976 Sell This Version

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DamonZomboid

DamonZomboid

August 17, 2021
The Sex Pistols, where do I start?

A band that stemmed from two other band ideas (The Strand and The Swankers), ended up becoming one of the most infamous and even controversial bands in the history of punk.

Personally, I think people have a massive bias against the band, mainly because they focus more on Sid and John, instead of Steve and Paul. Russ Meyer (the original director for the cancelled film "Who Killed Bambi?") even stated that Steve and Paul "were very intelligent, level-headed guys", while Sid and John were "absolutely nuts. Both had an intense hatred for McLaren. They would call me [Meyer] up at two in the morning to say unspeakable horrors about him."

if I'm going to be honest, I think people focus on John and Sid too much. When in actuality, they could be focusing on Steve, Paul and even Glen Matlock.
bubcentral

bubcentral

August 2, 2021
Let's get 1 thing straight. There were other punk band's before the Pistols and some a lot better musically. But the Sex Pistols were the band that alerted ever kid that punk was a thing. Without them the punk scene probably would have stayed a niche London scene and fizzled out quickly. So say what you like, hate how much you want. The boy band they were manufactured by Talcy Malcy Kickstarted something big.
UHLY

UHLY

March 13, 2021
Is there a release of the Sex Pistols published (album, compilation etc...) where EVERY of their songs is included???
I was looking through wikipedia first, that was frustrating and I see here so many albums/compilations... I don't wanna waste my time.
So if anybody knows something, please let me know :-)
Cheers
Andrew_Lawson

Andrew_Lawson

November 8, 2020
When it came to expressing their frustrations through their music and style, most other punk bands were a thumbs down but the Sex Pistols were a middle finger. The passion is why people came then and still come now.
TimBucknall

TimBucknall

October 28, 2020
edited 12 months ago
several unconnected individuals i talked to claimed to own a Friggin' In The Riggin Picture disc with a boat picture, it couldn't have been pressed any later than the mid 90's as thats when i first had this conversation.
has anyone else come across this?

also those wierd Thai 7"'s and the bootleg reissues of them need to be added but i don't have the information to do it myself
http://www.philjens.plus.com/pistols/pistols/counterfeit_miscellaneous_thai.htm
floydvinyl

floydvinyl

May 21, 2018
The Clash, The Damned, Stiff Little Fingers, 999 and The Stranglers were all streets ahead of the Sex Pistols, both musically and politically.
Essentially, the Sex Pistols were rubbish... right time, right place, but essentially crap.
Never Mind has a couple of decent tracks, but that is about it.
It was a Swindle.
Ever get the feeling that You've been cheated?
DriveMusic0

DriveMusic0

February 9, 2018
Every lyrical word by John pure heartfelt and honest , Steve Jones guitar genius
mabean1967

mabean1967

August 21, 2017
Hi, looking for a bit of help ?I have my way / no one is innocent 7"single cat number VS220. It's a mis press with "both sides" by Magazine instead of no one is innocent . I've tried looking online and i've been into a few record collectors and no one can tell me anything about it? I can find no info on it at all? anyone heard of this ? if so any ideas how much it's worth? thanks
Rich.C

Rich.C

December 16, 2016
Let's get one thing straight: the Sex Pistols did not "invent" Punk -- in fact, they were modeled after New York rockers the Heartbreakers. Piddling technicality aside, not since Elvis had a single act caused such a ruckus. Though their career was extremely short-lived (lasting from November 1976 to January 1978), their impact on rock 'n' roll -- and popular culture as a whole -- is absolutely immeasurable. By now the story of their birth is legend. Manager Malcolm McLaren owned a small boutique, original bassist Glenn Matlock (later replaced by Sid Vicious) was an employee. Guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and vocalist Johnny Rotten were regulars. Soon the simple coupling of Jones' aggressive guitar work and Rotten's total irreverence for authority had galvanized a growing legion of disgruntled, lower class youth and earned them an official ban across their home country. More than that (and at risk of aligning them with Situationism, Marcus-style), the Pistols were an assault on the norm by its outcasts, a powerful force that made kids around the world (and, paradoxically, the corporate music establishment) feel OK about rebellion. They may not have invented Punk rock, nor operated on the principles that would later define it, but there wouldn't have been a Punk rock movement without them.
At the end of the day the sex pistols achieved what they set out to achieve, by their own admission they were not talented musicians or lyrical geniuses but they never claimed to be, they used music as a vehicle to transport their political messages, sending a rallying cry to the left wing masses which was to be picked up later by the Clash.
They were undoubtedly one of the most controversial/influential bands of all time that has to be a fact, but there influence on bands wasn't as clear cut as people think. Having read Bernard Sumners autobiography he sums it up well, the pistols showed to many young, Karl Marx reading lefty that anyone could get on stage and shout anti-establishment, anti-everything lyrics into a microphone. This was the inspiration for Warsaw (who would later go on to form Joy Division) listen to their early material and the pistols influence is there. Non longer considered persona non grata at alot of Universities and clubs Lydon played at, the Pistols story is certainly unique, its a shame Lydon doesn't get the credit he deserves, I actually think he has a pretty decent voice, listen to Leftfield - Open up and Lydons voice sounds top drawer, today most people just associate him with the country life butter advert on TV!!
sklerici

sklerici

November 13, 2016
The world litterary changed after punk, but we talk about music: steve jones guitar sound is the most simple and at the meantime powerful you can hear in r'n'r history. You can compare this sound only with the one of kurt cobain. There's a connection never mind/nevermind that cannot be ignored

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