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Day 274: Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks

29 Nov

Anarchy in the UK

I really shouldn’t like Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks—we’ve been through this quite a few times on quite a few Dad Rock Tuesdays.  I am presented with an old album that is considered influential in retrospect, and often, I end up doing my fair share of hating.  It’s tough to listen to an older record completely out of context, and even tougher when that record’s sound went out of style twenty years ago.

Maybe it’s because every punk band since has tried to sound like Sex Pistols in one way or another, or possibly because “Anarchy in the U.K.” was a big song in my Guitar Hero days, but I cannot say anything bad about this band.  While it’s true that they are the freaking Sex Pistols, and disparaging comments on my part would be utterly pointless, I did genuinely enjoy this album.

Sex Pistols’ legacy cannot be overlooked, either.  Bollocks is the band’s only album, but they were still able to make a ton of noise and news with it.  Songs like “God Save the Queen” and “Anarchy in the U.K.” stirred up a lot of controversy for their anti-Patriotic U.K. sentiment, and managed to change rock music forever.  Controversial music is fairly commonplace today, but I’ve been told that wasn’t always the case.

Also, as a connoisseur of terrible singing voices, I cannot ignore Johnny Rotten’s vocals.  I wouldn’t really call it singing…it’s more like he’s moving his pitch up and down fairly randomly, while rolling a few r’s every now and then.  It gives this music that extra punch, and I’m sure it was a major factor in all of the press that this band received.  If you like bad singing voices as much as me, Rotten is pretty much perfect.