One of the most influential and downright greatest records of all time, it’s “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols” by The Hamsters! You probably know by now, I’m no fan of modern represses, so I was thrilled to finally find a 1977 copy at Rabbit Hole Records in Greensburg. (And shout out to @rabbithole_gbg
for being an all around kick ass record store!)
No stranger to obscenity cases myself (note: there ARE limits to what you can legally make a skywriting airplane spell out), I obviously find the record’s history fascinating. Police raiding record stores in London, people at the pressing plant refusing to work because of the lyrical content of “God Save the Queen” when the single was released, a nice little ban by the BBC...all of which Johnny Rotten responded to by simply saying, “We’re the only honest band that’s hit the planet in about two thousand million years.” In turn - after the Sunday Mirror ran the headline “Punish the Punks” - some folks took it upon themselves to attack Johnny with a machete outside a pub, another mob broke Jamie Reid’s nose and leg, all boiling to the point that they so often found themselves in the crosshairs of sensitive people who thought cussing on TV was wrong but stabbing was ok that they had to start touring under pseudonyms, such as The Hamsters.
The entire history of the album and the band is wild, but above all it kinda makes you yearn for the time when artists on the global level were making music that actually mattered. “God Save the Queen” hit #1
on the UK charts. What’s #1
right now? Some Ed Sheeran horse shit? In these hectic times, it seems like every artist on the world stage is playing it safe so they don’t lose any Twitter followers. Sex Pistols, on the other hand, found super stardom, were given the mic, and still told the entire world to piss off. I know. Young woman yells at cloud. What is this, Grumpy Vinyl Girl? Just seems like right now the world needs uproar more than ever. We need the Sex Pistols more than ever. Which is why when I put this on, it doesn’t feel 41 years old, it feels like a poignant rage against society TODAY. It’s one of the absolute all time greatest records!