Meh. Almost all of it was bad. The Sex Pistols are no more real a band than N Sync. Malcolm McLaren found a few stupid dopes to stand in costumes to market his store and ape much more talented bands. He tried the same crap with Dolls.
It's a shame they are the standard templar for punk, as they are one of the very worst punk bands and just a terrible example of the whole genre. They sucked, but became famous for essentially being obnoxious and outrageous on TV a few times. Guh.
The Pistols are pretty much Example A of why American punk is so much better than British punk. Dude, they have a song whining about major labels not siging them. STFU. Do it yourself. We didn't need corporate overlords like you did.
Congratulations. Not everybody works that hard to prove they're clueless.
In specific reference to your last paragraph, do you have even the most basic understanding of the music industry in England at that time. Do you really think DIY was something viable for English bands?
The Clash were better musicians and much more politically subversive & coherent.
Arguing who were better musicians out of that crowd is an exercise in futility in many ways. None of them were all that technically proficient, but I could make a strong assertion that the opposite of what you wrote is true.
Never Mind The Bullocks is actually a pretty damn good sounding record. The Pistols had a lot of time to sit around 'cause they couldn't get any gigs in England due to all the controversies. Paul Cook and Steve Jones in particular spent a lot of time nailing their parts down. It's pretty well polished.
Wish I'd been able to see them when they came to town. I'm sure it would have been a show I'd not have forgotten.
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