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Punk / New Wave - Released January 1, 2012 | Universal Music

Booklet Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Punk / New Wave - Released January 1, 2012 | Universal Music

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
While mostly accurate, dismissing Never Mind the Bollocks as merely a series of loud, ragged midtempo rockers with a harsh, grating vocalist and not much melody would be a terrible error. Already anthemic songs are rendered positively transcendent by Johnny Rotten's rabid, foaming delivery. His bitterly sarcastic attacks on pretentious affectation and the very foundations of British society were all carried out in the most confrontational, impolite manner possible. Most imitators of the Pistols' angry nihilism missed the point: underneath the shock tactics and theatrical negativity were social critiques carefully designed for maximum impact. Never Mind the Bollocks perfectly articulated the frustration, rage, and dissatisfaction of the British working class with the establishment, a spirit quick to translate itself to strictly rock & roll terms. The Pistols paved the way for countless other bands to make similarly rebellious statements, but arguably none were as daring or effective. It's easy to see how the band's roaring energy, overwhelmingly snotty attitude, and Rotten's furious ranting sparked a musical revolution, and those qualities haven't diminished one bit over time. Never Mind the Bollocks is simply one of the greatest, most inspiring rock records of all time. ~ Steve Huey
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Punk / New Wave - Released January 1, 2012 | Universal Music

When first approaching The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, it's best not to think of it as a Sex Pistols album; rather, keep in mind that it's the soundtrack to a movie that was mostly about Malcolm McLaren and only tangentially concerned the great band he managed. Only eight of the twenty-four songs on The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle feature the same band as on Never Mind the Bollocks, and most of those capture them stomping through covers in the studio, sometimes to impressive effect (Johnny Rotten sounds positively feral on the Who's "Substitute" and the whole band tears into "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone" with malicious glee) and sometimes not (Rotten reveals he doesn't know the words to either Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" or Jonathan Richman's "Roadrunner," and the band's familiarity isn't much greater). A live take of the Pistols roaring through "Belsen Was a Gas" is exciting, but sounds as if Rotten and the rest of the band were traveling in very different directions, and it's not hard to imagine why he quit the group after the show. Steve Jones and Paul Cook offer up a few tunes of their own, which lack the danger of the cuts with Rotten but confirm they were the backbone of a solid, scrappy rock band, and if Tenpole Tudor isn't much of a singer, on his numbers he delivers an impressive degree of sheer eccentricity. But a large percentage of the album is devoted to jokey material tied into the movie -- orchestral versions of "EMI" and "God Save the Queen," a French busker performing "Anarchy in the UK" en Français, train robber Ronnie Biggs attempting to sing, and Malcolm McLaren ascending to show biz heaven with a cover of Max Bygraves' "You Need Hands." And while Sid Vicious sounds like a good if unexceptional rock & roll shouter on a pair of Eddie Cochran covers, his inarguably remarkable version of "My Way" shows the man was incapable of comprehending the irony of his situation, and sadly sounds like the work of a kid destined to die young. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols was the sound of a hydrogen bomb being dropped on your head, and The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle collects some of the debris left after the explosion; parts are brilliant, but it's ultimately a padded and slightly depressing look at a great band in collapse. ~ Mark Deming
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Punk / New Wave - Released January 1, 2012 | Universal Music

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Rock - Released July 30, 1996 | Virgin

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Humour/Spoken Word - Released August 25, 2017 | Universal Music

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Rock - Released September 1, 2016 | Castle Communications

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Punk / New Wave - Released August 19, 2016 | Universal Music

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Punk / New Wave - Released January 21, 2016 | Rock House Rewind Records

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Punk / New Wave - Released January 1, 2012 | Universal Music

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Punk / New Wave - Released January 1, 2012 | Universal Music

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Punk / New Wave - Released January 1, 2012 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Punk / New Wave - Released January 1, 2012 | Universal Music

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Punk / New Wave - Released June 12, 2006 | Charly Records

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Rock - Released January 1, 1977 | Sanctuary Records

Original Spunk Bootleg is yet another edition of the infamous tapes of the Sex Pistols' scrapped first album, this time around being offered by Castle Music UK and titled Spunk: The Official Bootleg. These 15 tracks were cut before Never Mind the Bollocks with original bassist Glen Matlock and producer Dave Goodman. Many fans prefer the raw Spunk versions of such Pistols anthems as "Submission, Anarchy in the U.K." and "God Save the Queen." ~ Al Campbell