Sex Pistols

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The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they lasted just two-and-a-half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music, initiated a punk movement in the United Kingdom, and inspired many later punk and alternative rock musicians. The first incarnation of the Sex Pistols included singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), lead guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassist Glen Matlock. Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious early in 1977. Under the management of Malcolm McLaren, a visual artist, performer, clothes designer and boutique owner, the band provoked controversies that garnered a significant amount of publicity. Their concerts repeatedly faced difficulties with organisers and local authorities, and public appearances often ended in mayhem. Their 1977 single "God Save the Queen", attacking social conformity and deference to the Crown, precipitated the "last and greatest outbreak of pop-based moral pandemonium". Subjects addressed in their frequently obscene lyrics included the music industry, consumerism, abortion, violence, apathy, anarchy, fascism, the British Royal Family 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 next several months, the three other band members recorded songs for McLaren's film version of the Sex Pistols' story, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle. Vicious died of a heroin overdose in February 1979. In 1996, Rotten, Jones, Cook and Matlock reunited for the Filthy Lucre Tour; since 2002, they have staged further reunion shows and tours. On 24 February 2006, the Sex Pistols—the four original, surviving members and Sid Vicious—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they refused to attend the ceremony, calling the museum "a piss stain".

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols Sex Pistols 4.8 23
1996 The Mini Album Sex Pistols 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Flogging a Dead Horse Sex Pistols 2 4
1980 Sex Pack Sex Pistols 1
1985 After the Storm New York Dolls / The Original Pistols 2
1988 Anarchy World Wide Sex Pistols 1
1988 The Swindle Continues Sex Pistols 2
1988 We've Cum for Your Children (Wanted: The Goodman Tapes) Sex Pistols 4
1991 Pretty Vacant Sex Pistols 1
1992 Kiss This Sex Pistols 2 3
1993 Early Daze: The Studio Collection Sex Pistols 1
1994 The Rare Best of the Sex Pistols Sex Pistols 1
1995 Alive Sex Pistols 1
1996 Chaos Sex Pistols 2
1996 Never Mind the Bollocks & Spunk/This Is Crap Sex Pistols 1
1997 Pirates of Destiny Sex Pistols 1
1997 Raw Sex Pistols 1
1997 Back and There Again Sex Pistols 1
1997 Raw Sex Pistols 1
1999 There Is No Future Sex Pistols 3
2001 Anarchy in the USA Sex Pistols 1
2002 Sex Pistols Box Set Sex Pistols 2 1
2002 Jubilee Sex Pistols 3
2006 The Sex Pistols Sex Pistols 2
2007 Platinum Collection Sex Pistols 1
2008 Agents of Anarchy Sex Pistols 1
2013 Best of British: Sex Pistols Sex Pistols 1
2013 Uncovered: Sex Pistols Sex Pistols 1
2014 Лучший из Sex Pistols Sex Pistols 1
Holidays in the Sun Sex Pistols 1
The Sex Files I Sex Pistols 2

Album + Live + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Spunk Sex Pistols 3

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Extended Versions: The Encore Collection Sex Pistols 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Indecent Exposure Sex Pistols 4
1985 The Original Pistols: Live The Original Pistols 5
1988 Better Live Than Dead Sex Pistols 3
1989 No Future U.K.? Sex Pistols 5 4
1989 Live and Loud! Sex Pistols 2
1990 The Best of & the Rest of Original Pistols Sex Pistols 1
1991 Pretty Vacant Sex Pistols 1
1992 Live at Chelmsford Prison Sex Pistols 1
1993 Live at Chelmsford Top Security Prison Sex Pistols 1
1996 Filthy Lucre: Live Sex Pistols 5
1996 No Feeling, No Fun! Sex Pistols 1
1998 Pistol Whipped: The Sex Pistols Live Sex Pistols 1
2004 Raw and Live Sex Pistols 1
2008 There'll Always Be an England Sex Pistols 2
2012 Live in Stockholm Sex Pistols 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle Sex Pistols 7


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Anarchy in the U.K. Sex Pistols 6

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