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Sex Pistols
United Kingdom

Years: Nov, 1975 - Jan, 1978; 1996; 2002 – 2003; 2007 – 2008
Styles: Punk Rock

Founder

Glen Matlock - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar (in band: 1975 - 1977; 1996 – 2008)
John Lydon - Vocals (in band: 1975 - 1978; 1996 – 2008)
Steve Jones - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1975 - 1978; 1996 – 2008)
Paul Cook - Drums (in band: 1975 - 1978; 1996 – 2008)

Members

Sid Vicious - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar (in band: 1977 - 1978)

Biography

 

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     Sex Pistols formed in London, England in summer 1975 out of The Swankers by  Cook, Jones and Matlock, whom throughtheir manager Malcolm McLaren, found the green-haired John Lydon. He was rernamed Johnny Rotten by Jones, who informedhis farting rear-end ‘You’re rotten, you’re are’. 

     After a few local gigs, they supported The 101’ers (Joe Strummer’s band) in April ’ 76. The rest of the year was spent cousing havoc and controversy, which led to  £40,000 contract with EMI. Their debut 45 „Anarchy in the UK”, having alredy shocked many on the „So It Goes” pop TV show, was released Nov’ 76. It climbed into the Top 40, but after riotous appearances on the „Today” show , in which they swore at interviewer Bill Grundy, they had single withdrawn from shops. They were also droped by EMI, with label still honouring contract.

     In Feb’77, they fired Matlock, for being too nice, and  brought in another violent and abusive character; Sid Vicious. The next month they signed to A&M for another six-figure sum, but due to protests from other A&M artists, they dropped once again.

     Their follow-up single „God Save the Queen” had 25,000 copies pressed, but it didn’t   hit the shops, until Richard Brenson’s Virgin records took the reigns for a meagre £15,000  advance in May’ 77. It outsold in competing rivals for a No. 1 spot, but due to its ban feom airplay and major chainstores, it only unjustly reached No. 2. Two more classic, „Pretty Vacant” & „Holidays in the Sun”, hit the Top 10, before debut album „Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols” controversially hit No. 1, despite nearly contravening the 1889 indecent advertising act for the use of the word bollock’s.

     1978 yet again started with more outrage, with US tours, Cook and Jones flying to Rio in Brazil to see train robber Ronnie Biggs and John Lydon leaving to from Public Image Ltd.


The Wee Rock Discography - Martin C.Strong, Publisheb in 1996 in Great Britain by Canongate Publishing, Ltd. Edinburgh,  p. 420


Albums

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (Oct 27, 1977)
Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols (Oct 28, 1977)

Singles & EPs

Anarchy In The UK / I Wanna Be Me (Nov 26, 1976)
God Save The Queen / No Feeling (Mar, 1977)
God Save The Queen (May 27, 1977)
Pretty Vacant (Jul 2, 1977)
Submission (Oct 27, 1977)
Holidays In The Sun (Oct 15, 1977)
No One Is Innocent (A Punk Prayer By Ronald Biggs) / My Way (Jun 30, 1978)
Something Else (Feb 23, 1979)
Silly Thing (Mar 30, 1979)
C'Mon Everybody (Jul 1, 1979)
The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle (Oct, 1979)
(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone (Jun, 1980)
Pistols Pack (Nov, 1980)
God Save The Queen (Nov, 1980)
Holidays In The Sun (Nov, 1988)
Something Else / Silly Thing (Nov, 1980)

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