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Sex Pistols show shines light on 'violence of punk'

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All the violence was not Punks it was people taking a high horse who got violent. One man who watched them on TV smashed his own TV? John when asked about this said that man he needs help not us. Spot on.

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Regrets, I have a few. I never saw them live.

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I was living in London in 1976/77, going to clubs and pubs, but as a young guy with long hair, no way I would ever have gone to a punk gig. Far too much aggro, even when I saw the movie of “The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle” a few years later, the audience turned violent. But the Pistols shook things up, left behind some classic tracks, and UK punk gave us all-time great bands like The Clash and The Stranglers. There’s a lot to be proud of for J. Lydon & Company.

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Nothing else to complain about today?

Johnny Rotten has been dead for decades, and basically

Punk Rock did, with him.

RIP

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But the Pistols shook things up, left behind some classic tracks, and UK punk gave us all-time great bands like The Clash and The Stranglers. There’s a lot to be proud of for J. Lydon & Company.

Punk was already developing in NYC with the Dolls and the Ramones. The Pistols got their notoriety for sure, but the UK press always loved sensational stories anyway. Nonetheless, punk took rock'n'roll out of the 70s deluge of wimpy c/rock and that stupid vapid 'ooh-ooh' disco duck muck. It brought rock in the EIGHTIES, and it revitalized it all.

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Jonny Rotten isn’t dead, you are obviously an up to date rocker. American punk is fairy floss mostly, Blink 182, sum 41? Come on joke bands, Black Flag, Dead Kenedies, Angry Samoans then your talking punk. I’d argue Nivarna were closer to punk then most punk bands. Punk is about political discourse not complaining about the pimples on your face.

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starpunk:

It’s the classic divide that’s been exercising fans for decades, the UK punks vs the US. I don’t think it’s that important to establish who was “first”, you could go back to the 60s and argue The Kinks vs. the Velvets or the Stooges… everyone influenced one another, but don’t underestimate the impact the Sex Pistols had in the UK or worldwide. Australia has its claims to punk originals too, with the Saints and “I’m Stranded” or Radio Birdman. It’s the three-chord spirit, starpunk, it’s worldwide, and I know you understand that better than most.

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I am always finding very interesting that Sid Vicious is the face of the band while he was unable to play his instrument- bass. Even late Lemmy told that he tried to teach him how to play, but that he was hopeless. The meaning of my comment is just to point an interesting phenom, not to discredit Sid.

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Those days were awesome, went to bar one night and skin heads took over the pub, bar staff split and booze was flowing free, cops waited outside and touch any of us after we’d finished. Couldn’t get away with those antics anymore.

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@Starpunk

You are being a bit selective here. Punk was also a reply to the pretentious, artsy Prog Rock of the 70s as well as disco.

Never Mind the Bollocks is in my top ten albums of all time.

BigYen mentioned the Stranglers. ‘Peaches’ is the funniest song I’ve ever heard. ‘EMI’ by the Sex Pistols also up there.

A bit of fun. Much better than 20-minute meanderings showcasing ‘musicianship’.

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American punk is fairy floss mostly, Blink 182, sum 41? Come on joke bands, Black Flag, Dead Kenedies, Angry Samoans then your talking punk. I’d argue Nivarna were closer to punk then most punk bands. Punk is about political discourse not complaining about the pimples on your face.

Now it is. It's a joke. That 'emo' screamo crap is just 'punk' in name only. It's for HSers who think they're being 'punk' but it's JUNK. Blink 182 and such are P.I.N.O. - - - Punk In Name Only.

JimizoToday  10:32 pm JST

@Starpunk

You are being a bit selective here. Punk was also a reply to the pretentious, artsy Prog Rock of the 70s as well as disco.

Never Mind the Bollocks is in my top ten albums of all time.

Even the proggy bands like Genesis have been affected. I heard them say that on a DVD which is why their 80s albums like 'Abacab' were so different, without the previous pretensions of their earlier work. Punk kicked everyone in the pants, one way or another and the eighties reflected that.

Punk also brought out the 'new wave' which evolved into 'alternative'. It revitalized it all, rescued rock from its depressing deluge of the mid and late 70s. I barely remember the early 70s when psychedelia and post-Motown ruled AM radio, then by 1975 it had become so stale, vapid, uninteresting, sad and boring. I hate that rubbish even now.

On the side; Roxy Music, Kraftwerk and punk were emerging and that's what people remember now, or want to.

The Ramones, the Pistols and even Nirvana are now regarded as 'punk' icons. Will those emo bands or say the Offspring or even Green Day be remembered as fondly 20, 30 years from now? I doubt it.

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Sex Pistols are selling reprinted vinyls of God Save The Queen on their official site to coincide with the platinum jubilee. If you have the original, might be worth a few bob

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