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Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
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Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - Just The Good Stuff Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols by The Sex Pistols ranked # 41 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums list.

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols is a 1977 album recorded by the seminal British punk band, Sex Pistols. It is now regarded as a classic and influential rock and roll album by many fans and critics alike.

The album was released on October 28, 1977 on the Virgin Records label. It is the only "official" album recorded by the Sex Pistols in their short four year career, although after the band's breakup less than two years after the release, the songs have appeared on many compilation albums. Additionally, many of the songs were featured in the film, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, a "mockumentary" loosely based on the Sex Pistols, but more about their infamous manager, Malcolm McLaren and his stated goal of "making a million pounds". McLaren brazenly claims that he created the Sex Pistols for that purpose. Older versions of most of these songs also appear on a pirated album called Spunk, which consists of recordings that band had made for A&M Records before leaving that label.

Intense outrage was sparked by the lyrics of the songs "God Save the Queen" and "Anarchy in the U.K.", as well as the cover art for the single of "God Save the Queen". Both were perceived as musical assaults on the monarchy and capitalistic society. In particular, "God Save the Queen" was viewed as a direct personal attack on Queen Elizabeth II.

It must be noted that bassist Sid Vicious (born John Ritchie), did not play at all on Never Mind the Bollocks, although he did contribute to backing vocals. Bass duties were handled primarily by guitarist Steve Jones; original bassist Glen Matlock actually played on one song, "Anarchy in the U.K.", but left the group in February 1977. To replace Matlock, McLaren hired Vicious, a huge fan of the band, solely on the basis of his looks. Ironically, even though he's known as the Sex Pistols' bass player, and is arguably the band's most famous (or infamous) member, Sid Vicious could not play the bass guitar well (and was allegedly constantly too drunk to play during recording sessions). Steve Jones endeavored to teach him the rudiments of bass playing, but for many live shows, his bass amplifier was often turned down (if not completely off). However, years later, Rotten insisted that Vicious eventually "did alright on the three-chord songs". A particularly telling episode about Vicious' lack of playing ability involves bassist/singer Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister of Hawkwind and the founder of the iconic British metal band, Motorhead. Vicious complained to Kilmister that he couldn't play. Kilmister's reply: "Yeah, I know".

Track Listing

Disc 1
  1. Holidays in the Sun
  2. Bodies
  3. No Feelings
  4. Liar
  5. God Save the Queen
  6. Problems
  7. Seventeen
  8. Anarchy in the U.K.
  9. Submission
  10. Pretty Vacant
  11. New York
  12. EMI/Unlimited Edition

Disc 2
  1. Seventeen
  2. Satellite
  3. Feelings
  4. Just Me
  5. Submission
  6. Nookie
  7. Problems
  8. Lots of Fun
  9. Liar
  10. Who Was It?
  11. New York [Looking for a Kiss]
  12. Problems
  13. No Feelings
  14. Pretty Vacant
  15. Submission
  16. No Feelings
  17. E.M.I.
  18. Satellite
  19. Seventeen
  20. Anarchy in the U.K.



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