Sex Pistols

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Probably the most well known and renown UK Punk band ever.

The Sex Pistols a Punk from England who were formed out of London, England, during 1975. They pretty much kicked off the Punk movement in the UK and inspired many other Punk and Alternative Rock acts.

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Even though their original career lasted a mere two-and-a-half years and produced only few studio recordings, the most renown being "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols", but we should never forgert "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle", album and movie soundtrack, they are still regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of music.

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Under the management of Malcolm McLaren, a visual artist, performer, clothes designer, recording artist and boutique owner, the band provoked controversies that caused a significant amount of publicity. Their concerts repeatedly faced difficulties with organisers and local authorities, and public appearances often ended in mayhem.

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Their 1977 single "God Save the Queen", caused a lot of debate, some thought of it as attacking social conformity and deference to the Royal Family, others claimed that it was actually in favour of the Crown, others still claimed that the musical content was offensive to the Queen, regardless of the lyrical content.

Other subjects addressed in their openly honest lyrics included attacks on the music industry, consumerism, abortion, and the Holocaust.

In January 1978, at the end of a turbulent tour of the United States, Rotten left the Sex Pistols and announced its break-up. Over the following months, the three other band members recorded songs for McLaren's film version of the Sex Pistols' story, "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle".

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Vicious died due to a heroin overdose in February 1979, and joined the ever growing list of great Rock n Roll deaths.

1996 rolled around, and Rotten, Jones, Cook and Matlock reunited for the Filthy Lucre Tour; there have been other reunion shows and tours.

On 24 February 2006, the Sex Pistols—the four original members plus Vicious, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they refused to attend the ceremony, calling the the whole thing, "a piss stain".

Members Name Check

The original incarnation, was;-

  • Singer - Johnny Rotten
  • Lead guitar - player Steve Jones
  • Drummer - Paul Cook
  • Bass player - Glen Matlock
  • Sid Vicious replaced Matlock in early 1977.

Guests

  • Ronnie Biggs – lead vocals on "No One Is Innocent", "Belsen Was a Gas" (1978)
  • Edward Tudor-Pole – lead vocals on "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle", "Who Killed Bambi?", "Rock Around the Clock" (1978)
  • Dave Goodman – bass guitar on "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" (1978)
  • Andy Allen – bass guitar on "Silly Thing (single version)" (1979)

Post '78 Split

The Sex Pistols, played a show for the 30th anniversary of "Never Mind The Bollocks" at the Brixton Academy on 8 November 2007, then, due to public demand, there were two further gigs announced on 9 and 10 November, and four further dates also added.

In 2008, the Sex Pistols appeared at the Isle Of Wight Festival as the headlining act on the Saturday night, the Peace and Love Festival in Sweden, the Live at Loch Lomond Festival in Scotland, and the Summercase Festival in Madrid.

Steve Jones

He had two solo albums;-

  1. Mercy (1987)
  2. Fire and Gasoline (1989)

He also co-founded "The Strand" (named after a Roxy Music song) with Paul Cook and Wally Nightingale during the early 1970s.

He was also a member of Chequered Past (led by Michael Des Barres) from 1982 to 1985.

Jones also played alongside Sex Pistols bandmate Paul Cook on Johnny Thunders's solo album So Alone.

Siouxsie & the Banshees were going to engage Jones after the departure of two of their original members, there were m rehearsals during the early '80s, Jones recorded the guitars parts for three songs of the album Kaleidoscope, but things didn't go any further than a simple recording session.

He has also played with Thin Lizzy, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Kraut, Adam Ant, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Andy Taylor, Megadeth, and the Neurotic Outsiders.

There has been a lot more, truly someone who can't be kept down.

Paul Cook

Following the Pistols sudden split after their final concert in San Francisco in '78, Cook and Jones worked on the soundtrack to "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle".

Cook and Jones also recorded a few tracks under the Sex Pistols banner, Cook singing lead on the album version of the song "Silly Thing". They both started a new band, "The Professionals", with Andy Allan.

During the early '80s, Cook, along with Jones, discovered the English new wave girl-group Bananarama, Cook helped them record their debut single, "Aie a Mwana", and acted as a producer on their '82 debut album "Deep Sea Skiving".

On to the late '80s, and Cook had the group Chiefs of Relief with former member of Bow Wow Wow Matthew Ashman, then had a but of time out of the music industry.

Hr played with Phil Collen in the '90s, then reunited the surviving Pistols members in '96 for the Filthy Lucre world tour.

Cook drummed with Man-Raze, which also featured Phil Collen out of Def Leppard, plus their friend Simon Laffy who used to play in Collen's pre Def Leppard band, Girl. They released a debut album Surreal in 2008, and toured throughout the UK during 2009.

In 2011, Cook joined Vic Godard and Subway Sect, and renewed his collaborations with Paul Myers from Sex Pistols spin off band, The Professionals. Cook has worked with Godard, on and off, for the past two decades. They toured throughout 2012 and, in March 2012, recorded 1978 Now with Edwyn Collins.

Glen Matlock

Although Matlock quit the band in February '77, he had a strong career since, In his autobiography, "I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol", Matlock stated that he left the band because he was "sick of all the bullshit".

After the Pistols, Matlock went on to form Rich Kids, a New Wave/Power Pop band.

Following the Rich Kids he formed the Spectres with Tom Robinson Band guitarist Danny Kustow, and subsequently Mick Hanson, and then Hot Club in 1982 with guitarist James Stevenson and singer Steve Allen.

He later played bass with Vicious in the short lived band Vicious White Kids. Matlock also played bass on the Iggy Pop album Soldier, and The Damned album Not of This Earth.

He also teamed up with the original Sex Pistols members for reunion tours in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008.

He played bass guitar and sang for a time in; The Philistines and The Flying Padovanis, toured with a collective of Punk and Post Punk stars, Dead Men Walking, which included Mike Peters of The Alarm, Kirk Brandon of Theatre of Hate and Spear of Destiny, and Pete Wylie of Wah!

More recent years saw him as a member of Slinky Vagabond with Earl Slick, Clem Burke, and Keanan Duffty, this band played their debut concert at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in May 2007.

In January 2010, Matlock reformed the Rich Kids, for a one-off benefit concert in aid of Steve New. He was joined on stage by original members Rusty Egan and Midge Ure, as well as Mick Jones of The Clash and Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet.

Matlock joined a reformed Faces, in August 2010. In April 2011, he stood in for Mani playing bass for Primal Scream.

In late 2011, The International Swingers, a band comprising Matlock, Clem Burke (Blondie, The Romantics), James Stevenson (Gene Loves Jezebel, Chelsea, The Alarm) and Gary Twinn (Supernaut, Twenty Flight Rockers), was formed, They are based out of Los Angeles, toured Australia and went on to occasionally perform.

In 2012, Matlock made his acting debut in British drama film The Paddy Lincoln Gang, performing a docudrama scene at a live Faces concert.

Johnny Rotten

AKA John Lydon, after leaving the Sex Pistols in '78, he was involved in forming the Post Punk band Public Image Ltd (PiL), which he also fronted from '78 until '93, and again since 2009. PIL was far more experimental in its style than the Pistols, and has been described by many as; "arguably the first post-rock group"

It is believed that Lydon was knighted for his achievements with the Sex Pistols, it is also believed that he turned down an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).

In 2002 he was cited among the 100 Greatest Britons following a UK-wide vote. Q Magazine remarked that "somehow he's assumed the status of national treasure".

During later years, Lydon hosted a number of TV in the UK, US, and Belgium, as well as writing two autobiographies; Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs (1993), Anger is an Energy (2014), and producing some solo musical work, such as the album Psycho's Path (1997).

He also recorded the vocals for a classic Techno/Trance track, "Open Up", with Leftfield, under the name, "Leftfield and Lydon".

External Links

Band Website

The Independent Voice, cited "Never Mind the Bollocks" as one of its Albums That Shaped Today Check it out HERE