Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols Blu-Ray (Universal)

Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols Blu-Ray (Universal)

Perhaps fittingly, the 2014 ‘Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The sex Pistols’ Blu-Ray bow, signalled an end of my 1990’s Blu-Ray player, to my relief  it shows how much times have changed when I purchased a replacement, at only £30 (no software though) a fraction of a cost of the old player, this delay is the reason the well packed Bollocks disc review is later than intended.

To my surprise it’s taken a while for the the band’s chart topping debut album to resurface on new-ish media fronts, not like the album really ever went away, lost in a sea of neve r-ending praise, amongst a healthy slew of re-issues. But ‘Never mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols’ is not the body of a complete album, more of a compilation of three singles live faves and b-sides. In fact three of the songs formed a recorded demo ‘back from 1976 which contained the songs ‘Problems’, ‘Pretty Vacant’ and ‘No Feelings’.

But prior to the Bollocks album sessions, what a great run of  singles, with the clarion call of ‘Anarchy In The UK’, Glen Matlock’s ‘Pretty Vacant’ , just after Glen  left the group in February 1977. To be replaced by the character of Sid Vicious,  Finally  the wonderful ‘Holidays In The Sun’ all three top ten singles leading into the studio, which the gave us all the truly iconic ‘God Save The Queen’ and ‘EMI’ the quality of b-sides back then was something to behold with tracks as good as ‘No Fun’ , ‘Satellite’ and ‘No Feelings’ all sound as good, even 35 years later. Also present and for once, correct, are the songs from rehearsals at the Roundhouse in Camden, the same rehearsals which led to Glen Matlock’s departure, although still gave the album songs like ‘Submission’ and ‘Bodies’.

But the over all effect of the times, post Today program “outrage” appearance, the following media hostility, council bans it wa a tense time to say the least. However armed with this new LP it helped form a  powerful argument  as central pillars of punk, alongside The Ramones, New York Dolls, the Banshees, The Stooges, The Damned and The Clash all noted as a force that instigated a sea change the music, and many another, industries, I arguably for the better. Sad that these days crap like X Factor or poor music media in general are hoofing up gullible people for the most part that look good, but cannot writer or naturally sing – the true DIY punk spirit? Cartels and general skulduggery were not big components of this new wave, after all alongside nihilism there was massive creativity surrounding Punk Rock then, even occasionally nowadays.

Now that the original singles and album master tapes have been themselves re-tweaked for a new century alongside some great new blu-Ray editions of some tasty past albums, if they all are as complete in terms of track listing, concerts footage and extensive liner notation, further investigate is heartily suggested.

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Apart from the album and single B-sides, the 2014 edition also boasts two Concerts, Live in 1977 at Stockholm Happy House and Penzance Winter Gardens, Cornwall again in 1977 when every thing was going better, that is if they were not banned from playing by local councils. the concerts chart a band at the closer to the height of their powers, both concerts in different ways, sound good, the best of which is the Happy House  gig with the odd bum note, rushed bridge etc, as it should be, vibrant; John Lydon’s vocals are spot on, with bite, along with riffs-a-go-go from Steve Jones working overtime, with master Cook holding the drumming together, but not much bass, sorry Sid, after all he had only been in the band for a matter of months. But the concert’s does showcase the band’s live attack, with headphones bringing it to the fore. The three racks from Penzance, are proper C30 quality but demonstrate a band still on 1977 form all the same.

Collectors out there already have most of this Blu-Ray edition’s content and it is refreshing that for a new generation the pack contains link and code to download a digital version of the tracks. Not much else to document apart to praise the packaging which is top rate, but ‘Never mind the bollocks’ has appeared before in many a Virgin format, guess it’s no shock that Universal feel the same. For an album that was pushed together a little hastily, it sure does shine up a treat. 8.8/10
Steve Janes

Sex Pistols 1977 photos by Jason Holnes

Enjoy ‘Holidays In The Sun’

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Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols Blu-Ray (Universal)