The Sex Pistols may have only been together for two years in the late '70s, but they changed the face of popular music. Through their raw, nihilistic singles and violent performances, the band revolutionized the idea of what rock & roll could be. In England, the group was considered dangerous to the very fabric of society and was banned across the country; in America, they didn't have the same impact, but countless bands in both countries were inspired by the sheer sonic force of their music, while countless others were inspired by their independent, do-it-yourself ethics. Even if they didn't release any singles by themselves, there was an implicit independence in the way they played their music and handled their career. The band gave birth to the massive independent music underground in England and America that would soon include bands that didn't have a direct musical connection to the Sex Pistols' initial three-minute blasts of rage, but couldn't have existed without those singles.
Guitarist Steve Jonesand drummer Paul Cookwere regulars at a boutique owned by their manager, Malcolm McLaren; bassistGlen Matlockworked at the store. Vocalist John Lydon, who would later perform under the nameJohnny Rotten, met the rest of the group at the shop and was asked to join the band. While the band played simple rock & roll loudly and abrasively,Rottenarrogantly sang of anarchy, abortion, violence, fascism, and apathy; withoutRotten, the band wouldn't have been threatening to England's government -- he provided the band's conceptual direction, calculated to be as confrontational and threatening as possible. The publicity caused by their caustic first single "Anarchy in the U.K." caused the band to be dropped by their record label, EMI. Matlockwas fired before their next single "God Save the Queen," which was released on Virgin; it was banned by the BBC.Matlock'sreplacement was Sid Vicious, a tough street kid who, unlike the rest of the band, couldn't play his instrument.
art by touchofdust After releasing one album in 1977, the band headed over to the U.S. for a tour in January of 1978; it lasted 14 days.Rottenleft the band after their show at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom on January 14, heading back to New York; he would formPublic Image Limitedlater that year. McLarentried to continue the band but Cook and Jonessoon turned against him. In the two decades following theSex Pistols' implosion, an endless stream of outtakes, demos, repackagings, and live shows were released on a variety of labels, which only helped their cult grow. In 1996, to celebrate their impending twentieth anniversary, theSex Pistolsreunited, with original bassist Glen Matlocktaking the place of the deceased Sid Vicious. The band embarked on an international tour in June of 1996, releasing the Filthy Lucre Livealbum the following month. Four years later, Julien Temple (who helmed the band's first movie, The Great Rock & Roll Swindle) directed the documentary film The Filth & the Fury. ~ [Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide]
What does Rolling Stone think of Sex Pistols?
Unabashedly crude, intensely emotional, calculated either to exhilarate or to offend, the Sex Pistols' music and stance were in direct opposition to the star trappings and complacency that, by the mid-'70s, had rendered rock & roll irrelevant to the common bloke. Over the course of their short, turbulent existence, the group released a single studio album that changed, if not the history of rock, at least its course. While the Sex Pistols were not the first punk rockers (that distinction probably goes to the Stooges), they were the most widely known and at least, to appearances, the most threatening. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols unquestionably ranks as one of the most important rock & roll records ever, its sound a raw, snarling, yet mesmerizing rejection of and challenge to not only rock & roll music and culture but a modern world that offered, as Rotten sang in "God Save the Queen," "no future." Whether the Pistols were simply a sophisticated hype run amok or the true voice of their generation has been widely debated, yet, oddly, that neither matters nor explains how they came to spark and personify one of the few truly critical moments in pop culture-the rise of punk. ~[From the 2001 The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll ]
Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '500th Song of all Time' was "More Than A Feeling" by Boston. Boston has not appeared in The Definitive 1000.
Welcome to "The Definitive 1000 Songs of All Time 1955 to 2005" & the Mellow Mix Volumes.This site is merely to question Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 500 Songs. Everyone has songs they
like and everyone has dislikes. Remember music is like clothing.. there are many styles,
so why on earth would all people want to wear jockey "Y" fronts???
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