Sex Pistols

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Sex Pistols

English punk band that formed in London in 1975 add

Category: Music

Founded in 1968.

Countries: United Kingdom (49%), United States (26%), (9%)

Main connections: John Lydon, Malcolm McLaren, Punk rock

Linked to: Mercury Records, Recorded Music NZ, EMI, Vivienne Westwood

 

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1968

They were both captivated by the May 1968 radical uprising in Paris, particularly by the ideology and agitations of the Situationists, as well as the anarchist thought of Buenaventura Durruti and others add something


1970

Jamie Reid's work for the band is regarded as among the most important graphic design of the 1970s and still impacts the field in the 21st century add something

 

Don Letts - By the mid 1970s Acme had quite a scene attracting all the like of The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, Deborah Harry and Bob Marley

 

Boho-chic - Islington is an upper-middle class area of London; the Sex Pistols were a leading punk band of the late 1970s

 

Graham Taylor (author) - Taylor grew up in Yorkshire, but moved to London in the 1970s where he worked in the music industry with such bands as The Stranglers, Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello and Adam and the Ants


1972

It had been renamed in 1972 to focus on another revival trend, the rocker look associated with Marlon Brando add something

 

The Sex Pistols evolved from The Strand, a London band formed in 1972 with working-class teenagers Steve Jones on vocals, Paul Cook on drums, and Wally Nightingale on guitar add something


1974

In early 1974, Jones convinced McLaren to help out The Strand add something


1975

The "'Sex Pistols"' were an English punk band that formed in London in 1975 add something

 

Jim French (photographer) - One illustration of French's, entitled 'Longhorns - Dance', achieved worldwide notoriety when it was appropriated by the late Sex Pistols manager and fashion designer Malcolm McLaren in 1975 as the basis for artwork for a T-shirt sold through Sex, the King's Road boutique McLaren operated with Vivienne Westwood

 

After informally managing and promoting the New York Dolls for a few months, McLaren returned to London in May 1975 add something

 

In August 1975, Rhodes spotted nineteen-year-old Kings Road habitué John Lydon wearing a Pink Floyd T-shirt with the words "I Hate" handwritten above the band's name and holes scratched through the eyes add something

 

The band played at the school on 6 November 1975, in support of a pub rock group called Bazooka Joe, arranging to use their amps and drums add something

 

Punk rock - Adopting a new name, the group played its first gig as the Sex Pistols on November 6, 1975, at Saint Martin's School of Art and soon attracted a small but ardent following

 

One of these on 9th December 1975 was at Ravensbourne College, Chislehurst, near Bromley in Kent, UK where they supported the Newcastle-based rock band Fogg add something


1976

These interests were shared with Jamie Reid, an old friend of McLaren's who began producing publicity material for the Sex Pistols in spring 1976 add something

 

Steve Strange - After seeing a Sex Pistols concert at the Stowaway Club in Newport in 1976, Harrington befriended the bass player Glen Matlock

 

Peter Christopherson - As a freelance photographer, Christopherson shot the first promotional images of the Sex Pistols in 1976

 

Malcolm McLaren - By 1976, McLaren had started to manage The Strand, the band that later became the Sex Pistols

 

Rock music - By late 1976, acts such as the Ramones and Patti Smith, in New York City, and the Sex Pistols and The Clash, in London, were recognized as the vanguard of a new musical movement

 

Punk rock - By late 1976, bands such as the Sex Pistols, &The_Clash and The Damned in London, and Television, Patti Smith, and the Ramones in New York City were recognized as the vanguard of a new musical movement

 

Joe Strummer - He played in two bands, the Vultures and the 101ers, but when The Sex Pistols supported the 101ers in west London in 1976, Strummer saw the possibilities open up for him and was inspired to form The Clash

 

Andrew Logan - His studios were where Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood staged the notorious "Valentine's Ball" in 1976, at which the Sex Pistols first came to media attention

 

Ian Curtis - In 1976 at a Sex Pistols gig, Curtis met Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook

 

Chris Thomas (record producer) - In 1976, he was asked by Malcolm McLaren to produce the debut single by the Sex Pistols

 

Nancy Spungen - In 1976, she moved to London , allegedly to win over Jerry Nolan of the Dolls and The Heartbreakers, but met The Sex Pistols instead

 

Stinky Toys - One of the first French new wave bands, in 1976 the band took part in the 100 Club Punk Festival in London, sharing the bill with such bands as Sex Pistols, &The_Clash, The Damned and Buzzcocks

 

Simply Red - Simply Red's origination dates from a 1976 Sex Pistols gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England

 

Julien Temple - This, along with his interest in the early punk scene in London in 1976, led to his friendship with The Sex Pistols, leading him to document many of their early gigs

 

Siouxsie and the Banshees - From February 1976, Siouxsie, Severin and some friends began to follow an unsigned band, the Sex Pistols

 

Punk rock - In February 1976, the band received its first significant press coverage; guitarist Steve Jones declared that the Sex Pistols were not so much into music as they were "chaos"

 

The first Sex Pistols gig to attract broader attention was as a supporting act for Eddie and the Hot Rods, a leading pub rock group, at the Marquee on 12 February 1976 add something

 

This resulted in them seeing the band at the Marquee on February 12, 1976 add something

 

Joe Strummer - On 3 April 1976, a then-unknown Sex Pistols opened for The 101'ers at a venue called The Nashville Rooms in London, and Strummer was impressed by them

 

Pauline Murray of Durham punk band Penetration saw the Pistols perform for the first time in Northallerton in May 1976 add something

 

John Robb claims it was at the first Sex Pistols residency gig, 11 May 1976; Matlock is convinced it happened during the second night of the 100 Club Punk Special in September, when the Pistols were off playing in Wales add something

 

Chris Spedding - He was the producer of the Sex Pistols' first demos, which were recorded on 15 May 1976

 

Mick Hucknall - Hucknall was among the people present at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester in June 1976 where the Sex Pistols were playing

 

The Sex Pistols' 4 June 1976 concert at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall was to become one of the most significant and mythologized events in rock history add something

 

Punk rock - On June 4, 1976, the Sex Pistols played Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall in what came to be regarded as one of the most influential rock shows ever

 

The Clash - After rehearsing with Strummer for less than a month, the Clash made their debut on 4 July 1976, supporting the Sex Pistols at the Black Swan in Sheffield

 

Joy Division - On 20 July 1976, Sumner and Hook separately attended the second Sex Pistols show at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall

 

Jordan (Pamela Rooke) - She can be seen in Julien Temple's "The Great Rock and Roll Swindle" wearing an "only anarchists are pretty" t-shirt and appearing on stage with the Sex Pistols during their first live television performance of "Anarchy in the U.K." in August 1976

 

On 8 October 1976, the major record label EMI signed the Sex Pistols to a two-year contract add something

 

The band's first single, "Anarchy in the U.K.", was released on 26 November 1976 add something

 

On 1 December 1976, the band and members of the Bromley Contingent created a storm of publicity by swearing during an early evening live broadcast of Thames Television's "Today" programme add something

 

Bill Grundy - Grundy became notorious in a matter of two minutes owing to an incident that occurred when the punk band Sex Pistols and their entourage appeared at short notice on the "Today" show of 1 December 1976


1977

Bernard Brook-Partridge, a Conservative member of the Greater London Council and chairman of the Arts committee from 1977, declared, "Most of these groups would be vastly improved by sudden death add something

 

During summer 1977, McLaren had been making arrangements for the feature film of his dreams, "Who Killed Bambi-", to be directed by Russ Meyer from a script by Roger Ebert add something

 

Early in 1977, he met Nancy Spungen, an emotionally disturbed drug addict and sometime prostitute from New York add something

 

Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious in early 1977 add something

 

Since the spring of 1977, the three senior Sex Pistols had been returning to the studio periodically with Chris Thomas to lay down the tracks for the band's debut album add something

 

The band played at Cromer Links Pavilion in Norfolk on Christmas Eve 1977 after assurances that the performance would finish strictly on time and no obscenities would be heard add something

 

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" add something

 

James Freud - After hearing the Sex Pistols' song "God Save the Queen" in 1977, Freud formed The Spred with Kelly, and three other members

 

Punk rock - Even as nostalgia was discarded, many in the scene adopted a nihilistic attitude summed up by the Sex Pistols slogan "No Future"; in the later words of one observer, amid the unemployment and social unrest in 1977, "punk's nihilistic swagger was the most thrilling thing in England

 

John Mortimer - His defence of Virgin Records in the 1977 obscenity hearing for their use of the word bollocks in the title of the Sex Pistols album "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols", and the manager of the Nottingham branch of the Virgin record shop chain for the record's display in a window and its sale, led to the defendants being found not guilty

 

Russ Meyer - In 1977, Malcolm McLaren hired Meyer to direct a film starring The Sex Pistols

 

Peter Hammill - In a 1977 radio interview, John Lydon of the Sex Pistols played two tracks from the album and expressed his admiration for Hammill in glowing terms: "Peter Hammill's great

 

Wally Nightingale - The lyrics to the latter were subsequently rewritten by Johnny Rotten and in 1977 the song was released as the b-side to the Sex Pistols second single "God Save The Queen"

 

Sid Vicious - Vicious joined the Sex Pistols in early 1977 to replace Glen Matlock; since his skills on bass guitar were highly questionable he only performed on one song on the band's sole studio album, "Never Mind the Bollocks"

 

Following the end of the tour in late December, three concerts were arranged in Holland for January 1977 add something

 

Punk rock - Press coverage of punk misbehavior grew intense: On January 4, 1977, "The Evening News" of London ran a front-page story on how the Sex Pistols "vomited and spat their way to an Amsterdam flight"

 

In February 1977, word leaked out that Matlock was leaving the Sex Pistols add something

 

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - Close to completing a deal with A&M Records, in March 1977 the Sex Pistols entered Wessex Sound Studios to record with producer Chris Thomas and engineer Bill Price

 

Rusty Egan - They were founded by former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock , with Steve New and fronted by Midge Ure , from their inception in March 1977 to their disbanding in December 1978

 

On 10 March 1977, at a press ceremony held outside Buckingham Palace, the Sex Pistols publicly signed to A&M Records add something

 

Malcolm McLaren - The band released their album "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" in October 1977 and played their last UK gig before embarking upon a US tour in January 1978

 

"Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" was released on 28 October 1977 add something

 

Maasbree - The punk rock group Sex Pistols performed at Maf Centrum on December 11, 1977 as part of their Dutch Tour

 

Elvis Costello - On 17 December 1977, Costello and The Attractions, as a replacement act for the Sex Pistols, were scheduled to play "Less Than Zero" on "Saturday Night Live"; however, in imitation of a rebellious act by Jimi Hendrix on a BBC show, Costello stopped the song mid-intro, and played "Radio Radio" instead - earning himself a ten-year ban from the show, and considerable attention as an angry young man


1978

The 1978 "No One Is Innocent"/"My Way" was followed in 1979 by Vicious's cover of "Something Else" ; Jones singing an original, "Silly Thing" ; and Vicious's second Cochran cover, "C'mon Everybody" add something

 

The band went on to score a UK Top Ten hit with their debut single, 1978's "Public Image" add something

 

Keanan Duffty - Formed in 1978 , Sordid Details built a strong reputation in the North of England and were heavily influenced by the Sex Pistols, for whom Duffty would later design stage clothes

 

Nancy Spungen - After the Sex Pistols broke up in January 1978, Spungen and Vicious moved to the Hotel Chelsea in New York City

 

On 14 January 1978, during the tour's final date at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, a disillusioned Rotten introduced the band's encore saying, "You'll get one number and one number only 'cause I'm a lazy bastard add something

 

On 12 October 1978, Spungen was found dead in the Hotel Chelsea room she was sharing with Vicious, with stab wounds to her stomach and dressed only in her underwear add something

 

On 9 December 1978 he was sent to Rikers Island jail, where he spent 55 days and underwent enforced cold-turkey detox add something


1979

Following The Rich Kids' break-up in 1979, Matlock played with various bands, toured with Iggy Pop, and recorded several solo albums add something

 

In 1979, PiL recorded the post-punk classic "Metal Box" add something

 

The 1979 court ruling had left many issues between Lydon and McLaren unresolved add something

 

While the Conservative triumph in 1979 may be taken as evidence for that position, Julien Temple has noted that the scene inspired by the Sex Pistols "wasn't your kind of two-up, two-down working class normal families, most of it add something

 

Phil Lynott - In 1979, under the name "The Greedies" , he recorded a Christmas single, "A Merry Jingle", featuring other members of Thin Lizzy as well as Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols

 

Vicious died of a heroin overdose in February 1979 add something

 

Punk rock - In February 1979, former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New York

 

He was released on 1 February 1979; sometime after midnight, following a small party to celebrate his release, Vicious died of a heroin overdose add something

 

On 7 February 1979, just five days after Vicious's death, hearings began in London on Lydon's lawsuit add something

 

"The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle", the soundtrack album for the still-uncompleted film, was released by Virgin Records on 24 February 1979 add something


1980

Finally released in 1980, "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" still largely reflects McLaren's vision add something

 

In 1980, critic Greil Marcus reflected on McLaren's contradictory posture: add something

 

In 1980, they formed The Professionals, which lasted for two years add something

 

" Having played with the band Chiefs of Relief in the late 1980s and with Edwyn Collins in the 1990s, Cook is now a member of Man Raze add something

 

Malcolm McLaren - McLaren kept the Sex Pistols' contract rights until Lydon took him to court in the 1980s to win the rights and unpaid revenues from McLaren

 

John Lydon - There has been a recent revival of a 1980s movement to have Lydon knighted for his achievements with the Sex Pistols - even though he has since turned down an MBE for his services to music

 

Mary Millington - Millington's final appearance was in the Sex Pistols film "Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" directed by Julien Temple, which was released theatrically in March 1980

 

On 21 November 1980, the final "new" studio recordings attributed to the Sex Pistols were released by Virgin: "Black Leather" and "Here We Go Again", recorded by Jones and Cook during the mid-1978 "Swindle" sessions, were paired as one of a half-dozen 7-inch records sold together as "Sex Pack" add something


1981

Critic Ian Birch, writing in 1981, called "stupid" the claim that the Sex Pistols "had any political significance add something


1982

Michael Des Barres - He was part of the band Chequered Past from 1982 to 1985, which included Steve Jones from Sex Pistols, Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison from Blondie and Tony Sales of Todd Rundgren and Tin Machine fame


1983

Roberto Faenza - Considered as a politically incorrect director, he was forced to work outside of Italy to be able to find financing: in 1983 he filmed "Copkiller" in New York with Harvey Keitel, Nicole Garcia and the leader of the Sex Pistols, Johnny Rotten


1985

Beastie Boys - In 1985, the band opened for John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols band Public Image Ltd., as well as supporting Madonna on her North American The Virgin Tour


1986

Gary Oldman - In 1986 he won the role of the Sex Pistols' ill-fated bassist Sid Vicious in the 1986 motion picture Sid and Nancy.


1989

Or they were a cynical con: something with which "to sell trousers", as McLaren said in 1989; a "carefully planned exercise to embezzle as much money as possible out of the music industry", as Jon Savage characterizes McLaren's core theme in "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle"; "cash from chaos" as the movie repeatedly puts it add something

 

Nikki Sixx - In 1989, Sixx was a featured guest artist on the album "Fire and Gasoline" by Steve Jones, formerly of the Sex Pistols


1990

John Lydon - Although Lydon spent years furiously denying that the Sex Pistols would ever perform together again, the band re-united in the 1990s, and continues to perform occasionally


1992

Lydon performed with the band through 1992, as well as engaging in other projects such as Time Zone with Afrika Bambaataa and Bill Laswell add something


1994

The KLF - In March 1994, members of the anarchist band Chumbawamba expressed their respect for The KLF. Vocalist and percussionist Alice Nutter referred to The KLF as "real situationists" categorising them as political musicians alongside the Sex Pistols and Public Enemy


1995

Duff McKagan - In 1995, with Guns N' Roses largely inactive, McKagan formed the supergroup Neurotic Outsiders with Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, John Taylor of Duran Duran, and his Guns N' Roses band mate Matt Sorum


1996

In 1996, Rotten, Jones, Cook and Matlock reunited for the Filthy Lucre Tour; since 2002, they have staged further reunion shows and tours add something

 

The original four Sex Pistols reunited in 1996 for the six-month Filthy Lucre Tour, which included dates in Europe, North and South America, Australia and Japan add something

 

Glen Matlock - Matlock rejoined the original Sex Pistols members for reunion tours in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008


2000

Malcolm McLaren - In the 2000 film "The Filth and the Fury" the surviving members of the Sex Pistols put their version of events on film


2002

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - This UMG box set and the 2002 Virgin box set together contain almost the entire Sex Pistols studio/demo sessions - omitting only a few early demos


2003

In 2003, their Piss Off Tour took them around North America for three weeks add something


2004

In 2004, the magazine ranked the Sex Pistols No. 58 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" add something


2006

"Never Mind the Bollocks" is regularly cited in accountings of all-time great albums: In 2006, it was voted No. 28 in "Q" magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever", while "Rolling Stone" listed it at No. 2 in its 1987 "Top 100 Albums of the Last 20 Years" add something

 

Sid Vicious - In 2006, Vicious, along with the four original members of the Sex Pistols, was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame, although the band refused to attend

 

John Lydon - In 2006, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the Sex Pistols, but the band refused to attend the ceremony or acknowledge the induction, complaining that they had been asked for large sums of money to attend and stating that it went against everything the band stood for

 

On 9 March 2006, the band sold the rights to their back catalogue to Universal Music Group add something


2007

The Sex Pistols reunited again for five performances in the U.K. in 2007 add something

 

The Aquarium L-13 - For the 2007 Islington Art Fair, the gallery produced a limited edition print of Jamie Reid's 1977 poster for God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols

 

My Way - Interviewed in 2007, Paul Anka said he had been "somewhat destabilized by the Sex Pistols' version

 

John Lydon - In June 2007, Lydon, Jones and Cook re-recorded "Pretty Vacant" in a Los Angeles studio for the video game "Skate" and, in a radio interview in the same month, Lydon announced that the Sex Pistols may perform again over the Christmas period

 

Julien Temple - In November 2007, Temple filmed several of the Sex Pistols' comeback shows at the Brixton Academy in London

 

John Lydon - In September 2007, Lydon announced that the Sex Pistols would play a concert for the 30th anniversary of "Never Mind the Bollocks" at the Brixton Academy in London on 8 November 2007

 

That same year, they released the DVD "There'll Always Be An England", recorded at their Brixton Academy appearance on 10 November 2007 add something


2008

In 2008, they undertook a series of European festival appearances, titled the Combine Harvester Tour add something

 

John Lydon - Isle of Wight Festival 2008 - The Sex Pistols appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival 2008 as the headlining act on Saturday night

 

Julien Temple - The footage was assembled into a new documentary film released on DVD in 2008 as "The Sex Pistols: There'll Always Be An England", bringing Temple's association with the Sex Pistols up to date

 

Nouvelle Vague (band) - Nouvelle Vague played an acoustic cover of the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" on December 8, 2008 on a small Balcony over Camden Lock for the music viral show BalconyTV


2010

In 2010, Fragrance and Beauty Limited announced the release of an authorized Sex Pistols scent add something


2012

The band signed with Universal Music Group in 2012 to re-release "Never Mind the Bollocks" add something


2013

Aubrey Powell (designer) - On 6 January 2013 Powell featured on BBC Radio 2's "Sounds of the Seventies" with Johnny Walker, sharing his memories of creating album artwork for many famous acts and how the arrival of the Sex Pistols marked a sea change in record sleeve design


2014

Joel McIver - A collaboration with Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock appeared in 2014


2018

On 30 October 2018 Billy Idol and Tony James, formerly of Generation X, along with Steve Jones and Paul Cook, formerly of the Sex Pistols, performed a free entry gig at The Roxy in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, under the name "Generation $Sex (SEX_(boutique))", playing a combined set of the two former bands' material add something