Acclaimed Albums – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols by Sex Pistols

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Progress: 108/250Never_Mind_the_Bollocks,_Here's_the_Sex_PistolsTitle: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
Artist: Sex Pistols
Year: 1977
Position: #12

It’s July, which means I need to start worrying about the annual update of the Acclaimed Albums list. Now last year the update didn’t take place until late August… but you never know it might be earlier this year. In the spirit of impending update it’s time for my annual period of ‘playing it safe’.

Considering what I have crossed off so far there are not many safer albums left for me to choose from than the current #12. This is one of those real watershed moments in music, which you could also argue about Nevermind. It was not the first punk album. The Ramones’ eponymous debut album came out a year before, and by 1977 the spin off genre ‘new wave’ was already starting to make waves.

Being a child of the 90s and 00s I am pretty much immune to the shock impact of this album. In fact when comparing it to the rap music that we have… Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols feels a bit tame. Listen to ‘God Save The Queen’ and then listen to Eminem’s ‘Stan’.

Hell, the whole punk image has gone from shocking and banworthy to ‘oh how quaint, little Stevie going through a rebellious phase’. Also, it’s hard to take someone seriously that had to do a butter advert for recording funds.

I guess what I am trying to say is… when I want punk I’m going to stick with the Ramones. If I want punk-influence that is a bit on my spectrum, I’ll go with Blondie.

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