The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although their initial career lasted just two and a half years, they were one of the most culturally influential acts in popular music. The band initiated the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians, while their clothing and hairstyles were a significant influence on punk image. The Sex Pistols first line up consisted of vocalist Johnny Rotten , guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook, and bassist Glen Matlock. Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious in early 1977. Under the management of Malcolm McLaren, they attracted widespread media controversies bringing them to the attention of the mainstream British press. They swore live on-air during a December 1976 television interview, while the lyrics of their May 1977 single “God Save the Queen” described the monarchy a “fascist regime”, instantly popularizing punk rock in the UK. “God Save the Queen” was banned by the BBC and nearly every independent radio station in Britain, making it one of the most censored records in British history. The Sex Pistols’ only album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols became a UK number one and a staple record of punk rock. In January 1978, at the final gig of a difficult and media-hyped tour of the US, Rotten announced the band’s break-up live on stage. Over the next few months, the three remaining members recorded songs for McLaren’s film of the Sex Pistols’ story, The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle. Vicious died of a heroin overdose in February 1979 following his arrest for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Rotten, Jones, Cook and Matlock reunited for a successful tour in 1996. Further one-off performances and short tours followed over the next decade. The Sex Pistols have been recognised as a highly influential band. In 2004, Rolling Stone placed them No. 58 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. On 24 February 2006, the Sex Pistols—the four original members plus Vicious—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, although they refused to attend the ceremony.
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Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols by Sex Pistols