Years: Nov, 1975 - Jan, 1978; 1996; 2002 – 2003; 2007 – 2008
Styles: Punk Rock
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)
Sid Vicious - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar (in band: 1977 - 1978)
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40, but after riotous appearances on the „Today” show , in which they swore at interviewer Bill Grundy, they had single withdrawn from shops.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.
The Wee Rock Discography - Martin C.Strong, Publisheb in 1996 in Great Britain by Canongate Publishing, Ltd. Edinburgh, p. 420
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