M5 3147 Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols
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Released on November 1977
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #106
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M5 3147 cover  

S uch is the state of the revolution that The Sex Pistols are viewed today as the cuddly progenitors of punk, cranky avuncular figures who lucked into history. At the time, however, they struck genuine fear into the establishment. The Pistols were the first wave of the disenfranchised youth who threatened to bypass the traditional channels to power; they didnít want to earn it, they wanted it now. (Well, not the first wave, since thatís pretty much a constant dynamic between any generationís ascendancy into adulthood.) And thatís where the concept of chaos comes in, which The Pistols fed from, since society is founded on a long, traditional dance of abdication, a slow striptease in which the regnant generation hands the younger generation its human rights one veil at a time. (Independence, dance around a little, responsibility, shuffle to the left, industry, change partners, marriage, bow to your partner, family.) When The Sex Pistols released ďAnarchy In The U.K.,Ē they werenít threatening to overthrow the establishment, they were threatening to ignore it. Thatís what terrified adults: the idea that the younger generation might fail to honor the old gods and let everything their parents (and grandparents) worked so hard for (wealth, higher social position, comfortable stability) die like an unwatered plant. Yes, there was violence in the punk movement, but it was mostly about passive resistance, about rejecting the old values and the old authority figures (the Queen, record labels, your parents). And I realize I havenít talked about the music on Never Mind The Bollocks, but no one ever speaks of Lenin as a writer either. The Sex Pistols were not musicians, they were incendiary idealists, shameless opportunists, the ugliest part of the body politic displayed for everyone to see. ďAnarchyĒ was the smokebomb that started the riot, Bollocks sort of the soundtrack to the film of the riot, and there hasnít been anything like it since.

TRACK LISTING

  1. HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN
  2. BODIES
  3. NO FEELINGS
  4. LIAR
  5. PROBLEMS
  6. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
  7. SEVENTEEN
  8. ANARCHY IN THE U.K.
  9. SUB-MISSION
  10. PRETTY VACANT
  11. NEW YORK
  12. EMI

CREDITS

PAUL COOK --
STEVE JONES --
JOHNNY ROTTEN --
SID VICIOUS --
Glen Matlock --

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November 1977 Virgin LP V2086  
US November 1977 Warner Bros. LP BSK 3147  
CAN 1977 Warner Bros. LP/8T KSB/M8 3147  
FRA 1977 Virgin LP 940 553  
JPN 1977 Columbia LP YX-7199-AX  
RUS   Anton LP ATR30059  
UK   Virgin LPPNK VP 2086 pink vinyl
UK   Virgin LP OVED 136  
US   Warner Bros. CS M5 3147  
GER   Virgin LP 25 593 XOT  
ITA   Virgin LP VIL 12086  
EUR 1985 Virgin CD 786320  
UK   Virgin CD/CS CDV/VC 2086  
US   Warner Bros. CD 3147  
EUR   Virgin CD 787 877 digital remaster
UK May 1993 Virgin CD CDVX 2086  
JPN 1995 Toshiba EMI CD VJCP-3215  

 

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