They couldn’t play very well, their songs were basic, and their stage act was chaotic. Yet, during the three years of their initial existence they changed the course of popular music and to an extent, pop culture as well.
The Sex Pistols may not have invented punk music but singer Johnny Rotten, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Phil Cook, and bassist Glen Matlock (replaced by Sid Vicious), made it an art form by shoving it down the throat of the music world.
The Sex Pistols have influenced thousands of bands and artists yet during their brief career only issued one studio album and four singles. Now to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their only studio album Never Mind The Bollocks, an expanded 3-CD version has been released.
Disc one is Never Mind The Bollocks is all its hash, screaming glory. “Anarchy In The UK,” “God Save The Queen,” Problems,” and “Submission” may have lost a little since their release but they are still a powerful yell from the past.
Disc two is a compilation of odds and ends. There are a number of different mixes, demos, and alternative vocals. The four B sides of their single releases are the heart of the disc. “Satellite,” “No Feeling,” “Did You No Wrong,” and “No Fun” are fully realized songs, three of which did not appear on their album. The disc is basically for the person who wants everything by the band.
Disc three contains two concerts recorded in Norway and Sweden. While many of the tracks are the same, they present the Pistols basic approach.
Never Mind The Bollocks (40th Anniversary Edition) is a raw rock and roll experience. The Sex Pistols are still for the brave.