Sex Pistols

Formed October 1975. Disbanded 14 January 1978.
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Julien Temple: Spending Xmas with the Pistols

Julien Temple, notorious for his punk films, describes Christmas '77 with the Sex Pistols

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The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in 1975. They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians. Although their original career lasted just two-and-a-half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music.

In their first incarnation, the Sex Pistols included singer Johnny Rotten, lead guitar player Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bass player Glen Matlock. Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious in early 1977. Under the management of Malcolm McLaren, a visual artist, performer, clothes designer and boutique owner, the band provoked controversies that garnered a significant amount of publicity. Their concerts repeatedly faced difficulties with organisers and local authorities, and public appearances often ended in mayhem. Their 1977 single "God Save the Queen", attacking social conformity and deference to the Crown, precipitated the "last and greatest outbreak of pop-based moral pandemonium".

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols: Deluxe Edition

    Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols: Deluxe Edition 2012

    Reviewed by Ian Winwood
    The album that changed everything, plus a lot more.
  2. Review of Sex Pistols

    Sex Pistols 2006

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Don't be fooled, just because John Lydon seems to have swapped irony for greed, this...
  3. Review of Never Mind The Bollocks

    Never Mind The Bollocks 1977

    Reviewed by Chris Jones of the great ranting tracts against middle class mediocrity...
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