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Never Mind The Bollocks

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols is the only studio album by English punk rock group Sex Pistols, released on 27 October 1977. Fans and critics alike generally regard it as one of the most important albums in the history of rock music.

The Sex Pistols are often labelled as Anarchists, but what many people fail to realise is that the Pistols are one of the most Patriotic of all bands to come from the UK. Landed Tory Toffs born into privilege, paying for access to leading universities by virtue of their private secondary educations are the easy target.  These are the people who go onto to working in politics, the civil service and the media. But it was the socialist left telling everyone how to live their lives through directives, trade unions, local councils and closed shops who held had significant power in 1977 UK. Never Mind the Bollocks therefore feeds on perhaps the highest of all British values. Freedom. Free to do what we what and free to say what we want. Never mind the bollocks is therefore a very British album.

What is particularly clever is that the language used is the language of the ordinary British Citizen, Who do use the word bollocks, the phrases “F*** this and F*** that”,  “A F***ING DISGRACE”  or  “a Lazy sod”. It just contemporary English.  Council Tenancies and Shopping Schemes also  uniquely British phrasing. Of course the establishment were annoyed. In the UK the mob rules. Always had, always will. When the general populace become angry, they bring down governments.  In the same way that the establishment tried to stop the Rolling stones they tried to stop the Sex pistols. Councils tried to ban concerts, Record Labels were “lent on” to avoid publishing the music, and National Newspapers ran less than flattering stories.

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Bill Grundy was just cannon fodder. Set up by the establishment to make a last stand.  His approach that in famous television interview destroyed his career and possibly his reputation.  Click on the link below is you need to watch the interview. The language is unusual for television but the demise of Bill Grundy is truly painful to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p25SdQEnhHI

It has been claimed that Grundy was drunk during the interview and that the Pistols (and in particular) Steve Jones knew this. An easy target for sharper more youthful minds. However in my opinion Grundy looks fearful. He knew in advance that this interview was going to cause him problems, and he has been set up to fail. “Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred”

Below is the track listing

  1. “Holidays in the Sun” – 3:22
  2. “Bodies” – 3:03
  3. “No Feelings” – 2:53
  4. “Liar” – 2:41
  5. “God Save the Queen” – 3:20
  6. “Problems” – 4:11

(Note: On US versions, the order of tracks 5 and 6 is switched.)

Side two

  1. “Seventeen” – 2:02
  2. “Anarchy in the UK” – 3:32
  3. “Submission” – 4:12
  4. “Pretty Vacant” – 3:18
  5. “New York” – 3:07
  6. “EMI” – 3:10

The album opens with the sound of jackboots and the opening riff of Holidays in the Sun. The Pistols fourth single, written about a vacation in Berlin. Next up is Bodies, and another big riff.  A song about a deranged fan called Polly. No feelings and Liar follow and then single God Save the Queen. Banned by and the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority further futile attempts by the establishment to control the Sex Pistols and censor public opinion. The single as we know was a massive success. Side one finishes with Problems.

Side two starts with Seventeen one of my favorite tracks on the record, and then Anarchy in the UK. Another era defining record. On the original release Submission was not included on the album, and track 4 was Pretty Vacant.  New York follows and on the final track the Pistols pay homage to the UK music Industry and their profitable if not enduring relationship with EMI.

The original record was under 35 minutes in length.  Just over 2000 seconds that changed Rock Music.

The Pistols like the Who, The Rolling Stones, and Elvis before them, appealed to both the disenfranchised of their time and all subsequent generations. They are a band made from the influences of their era, but who have continued appeal and continual relevance.  In this sense Never Mind the Bollocks is timeless. Never Mind the Bollocks here’s the Sex Pistols is a classic

If you don’t own it pay for it and down load it..

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Never-Mind-Bollocks-Heres-Pistols/dp/B00000G6PJ

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/sex-pistols/id3184277

Bollox,

John Lydon of the Sex Pistols, at Find My Band

John Lydon

About Rocker (51 Articles)
Rocking since my mates and I were head banging to Status Quo and Iron Maiden at the Primary School leaving disco in 1983. Original Bass player in the most extreme Hardcore/Trash combo to ever come from Mid Cheshire. Owner of a Les Paul, a Marshall Amp, and a Garage. Co-writer of "Anarchy In Northwich". My musical hero's are Brian May, Steve Clark and Adrian Smith, and my favourite film is the Italian Job "My toilet was broken into" "Your toilet", "Yes Mr Governor My toilet.."

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