Monday, September 16, 2019

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols" (1977)

"Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols" - Sex Pistols

Until recently, I've always thought of "bollocks" as a British way of saying "bullshit."  And that's pretty spot on.  The first definition Google brings up, however, is...” testicles.”  Which is quite funny in its own right.  Whatever your poison may be, in 1977, the punk rock band Sex Pistols offended the hell out of everybody.  I'm not going to regurgitate the importance of this album.  The internet is full of essays galore about the band's legacy.  I'm not about to say the Sex Pistols are the best punk band ever.  Or even the first punk band ever.  But there should not be much argument, "Never Mind The Bollocks..." was a jumpstart in the way we think about our music and the various directions that rock music went from there.  It is an essential album and one I wanted to possess if nothing more than to check off another album from my “must own” list.

I found my used copy at a record swap in Hutchinson, KS.  I don't remember the fella's name but he was using chairs for his table.  The vinyl was vg++, but the cover had a little water damage in the corner.  The seller was quick to point that out.  It was late in the day and I wanted to leave with something...important.  It was marked $10, but he sold it to me for an Abe and 2 Georgies which was very cool.

“Never Mind...” sounds great on vinyl.  I mean surprisingly great.  The music absolutely jumps from the speakers.  For some reason, this surprised the heck outta me.  And I was also struck by how catchy and melodic the music is.  Don't get me wrong.  Johnny (Rotten) Lydon's wonderful and pissy spit attitude shines bright enough, as one might expect, but the musicianship backing all that talk up is really good, too.  Forty-plus years later, “Never Mind The Bollocks...” might not sound as dangerous, but you'll still need to wipe the phlegm off your face after giving the record a spin.

"Never Mind The Bollocks..." (back)


Warner Bros. Records / Virgin label


"Never Mind The Bollocks..." (sleeve-front)


"Never Mind The Bollocks..." (sleeve-back)


"E.M.I." - Sex Pistols /  "Never Mind The Bollocks..." (1977)

TRACKS:
A1  "Holidays In The Sun"  3:22
A2  "Bodies"  3:03
A3  "No Feelings"  2:50
A4  "Liar"  2:41
A5  "Problems"  4:11  
A6  "God Save the Queen"  3:20
B1  "Seventeen"  2:02
B2  "Anarchy In The UK"  3:32
B3  "Submission"  4:12
B4  "Pretty Vacant"  3:17
B5  "New York"  3:05
B6  "E.M.I"  3:09

PERSONNEL:
Johnny Rotten – vocals
Steve Jones – guitar, bass, b-vocals
Paul Cook – drums
Sid Vicious – bass ("Bodies")
Glen Matlock – bass ("Anarchy in the UK")

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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