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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks

Released : 27 October 1977 (UK), 10 November 1977 (US)
Recorded : October 1976, March–June 1977,
August 1977 at Wessex Sound Studios, London, England
Genre : Punk rock
Length : 38:45
Label : Virgin (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer : Chris Thomas, Bill Price

Could this be the album that embodies the entire spirit and pure essence of Punk Rock? The Ramones were the dudes that launched punk into the stratosphere, but they only introduced the aesthetic of Punk, short songs with high amounts of energy, with minimalist music. And let's face it, they were harmless bubblegum pop at heart, four leather jacketed dudes who wanted to have fun. The Clash were too experimental, and when they played it straight they never brought anything new to the table. But this? Holy crap, this IS Punk Rock. I know people fucking ravage and rip this band to shreds for being false and everything wrong with Punk, but dammit how can this be anything but punk? The attitude knob is cranked up to 110% as Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) snarls, yells, and sounds like the most fucking obnoxious little snot you've ever heard in your entire life, in the most positive way that can be interpreted. Every word he says is criticism at something, dude fucking supports anarchy for goddsakes. The production is just as messy and sloppy as Lydon is, and musically it works! Everything about it screams PUNK both in image and at heart (maybe not Sid Vicious, but that doesn't really matter, Lydon is where its at). It's extremely passionate at what its trying to get across, it's tireless and raging, never letting up once. The thing that turns people off is the fact that it seems like The Sex Pistols are 'manufactured'? Bullshit, Lydon was utterly in love in music and what he did, and with his charming personality went on to create Public Image Ltd after this, you're thinking of Sid Vicious who didn't even know what a bass guitar was (even then he's gained a little sob story of his own afterwards). This is pure punk. Made by punks, aimed at even more punks. No experimental crap that's not punk, no happy bubblegum that's not punk, no dark artsy stuff that's not punk, and screw that new wave shit, so Never Mind the Bollocks, I'm going to yell about the economy and jam endlessly. And I won't have it any other fucking way. Viva la punk!

Tracks

1. Holidays In The Sun
2. Bodies
3. No Feelings
4. Liar
5. God Save The Queen
6. Problems
7. Seventeen
8. Anarchy In The UK
9. Submission
10.Pretty Vacant
11.New York
12.E.M.I.


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