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NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS

46 years ago today, Sex Pistols released one of the greatest albums of all time: Never Mind the Bollocks.
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On this day in 1977, Sex Pistols released the most influential punk rock album, one of the greatest and most important albums of all time: Never Mind the Bollocks.

Many reputable music media, like AllMusic, Rolling Stone, Spin, Mojo, Q, and Classic Rock, awarded the album with either five stars, an A, or a 10/10.

In 2002, Rolling Stone journalist Charles M. Young Stated: “Never Mind the Bollocks changed everything. There had never been anything like it before and really there’s never been anything quite like it since. The closest was probably Nirvana, a band very heavily influenced by the Sex Pistols.”

In early 2013, during an interview with BBC‘s When Albums Ruled the World, Noel Gallagher—I’m not a fan, he’s a, …well, bollock; but I have to agree with him here—said, of the album’s opening with “Holidays in the Sun”, “That is extremely provocative, what we can only assume is jackboots”, which he followed by saying, “As soon as that starts, everything that has gone on before is now deemed fucking irrelevant, as soon as he (John Lydon) starts anti singing.” Gallagher then said of “Pretty Vacant”, “One of the 1st things you learn when you pick up the electric guitar that is that riff.” He then further commented, “I made 10 albums and in my mind they don’t match up to that, and I’m an arrogant bastard.”

The “Holidays In The Sun” video here, it’s the opening track on Never Mind the Bollocks and was inspired by a trip to the Channel Island of Jersey: “We tried our holidays in the sun in the isle of Jersey and that didn’t work. They threw us out.”

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Featured image via Rock & Pop 95.9 FM.

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

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