Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols – Sex Pistols

Released October 28, 1977 this is the only studio album from the band. It stayed in the top 25 for 60 weeks in the UK partly due to Johnny Rotten’s antics on and off stage and is listed as the album that started the punk scene.

Jason: This is not for me. Not even a little bit. This album made me anxious and angry. Maybe that is the intent.

Brad: I get that. I like it but I’m not often in the mood to listen to it. It is probably the most influential punk album and inspired THOUSANDS of bands. So I definitely appreciate it more than I enjoy it.

Jason: “Holidays In The Sun” is okay. I am sure the lyrics to their songs have deeper meaning but I can’t tell. I don’t like the liberal use of “faggot” throughout, though.

Brad: I don’t like that either.

Jason: Johnny Rotten was also in Public Image Ltd. right? 

Brad: Yes and I love their music.

Jason: I’m listening to “Rise” now, which I love. I can’t listen to Nevermind the Bollocks… any more than is necessary. Public Image Ltd. has such a different sound and vibe from The Sex Pistols.

Brad: I don’t like Johnny Rotten though.

Jason: Johnny Rotten/Lydon is one of the people I am surprised is still alive. Although, he may be totally straight-laced for all I know and the “Rotten” is an act.

Brad: I guess I don’t know that much about whether he is/was an addict.
Every single interview I’ve read or seen with Johnny he has been such a jerk and gives each interviewer a difficult time. It is just so uncomfortable. I guess he is living up to his name.

Jason: I read that he loved Obama and is a big fan of Barry Manilow and Oscar Wilde but he did refer to Wilde as a “genius poof” so who knows. Maybe the “Rotten” is an act?

Brad: Yeah, it might be an act. But it is an act I don’t enjoy. I would totally read a biography about him though. I know much more about Sid since I watched Sid & Nancy so many times in college.

Jason: One nice thing about this album is that the songs are short.

Brad: Yeah, punk songs are pretty short in general.

Jason: As a band I think we both understand why The Sex Pistols are on this list. But I don’t ever need to listen to this again. It’s a lot of same-song and same-sound over and over again.

Brad: I agree. I hadn’t listened to this album since the 90s. And my first impression was that it all sounded the same too

Jason: For only releasing one album 40 years ago they are still in the public consciousness today. 

Brad: Very true. They made a huge impact. I do love the album cover. It is simple but iconic.

Jason: It’s like a piece of pop art.

Brad: What’s your grade on this?

Jason: This album is “Not for Jasons” to paraphrase our friend Mitchell. So for repeat listen-ability I would give it a D+.

Brad: I would give it a B-.

Jason: What!? Explain yourself.

Brad: It has to hit you at the right time in your life. Like that period in college when I used to LOVE mosh pits. I don’t anymore but I remember why I did.

Jason: It’s like I don’t even know you.

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