"Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?" asked a weary Johnny Rotten at the very end of the last show of the Sex Pistols' first (and last) US tour. The show took place at the one-time hippie haven of the Winterland in San Francisco on Jan. 14, 1978 and would be the band's final performance. Well, at least until their 1996 reunion, anyway.
A rare or limited pressing of a record can draw a pretty penny, and if it's a major rock band the price can really go through the roof. As you might expect, the Beatles dominate Record Collector's new list of the most expensive records in the world. But what might surprise you is that the Sex Pistols also turn up several times in the Top 10.
Thirty-five years ago today, the Sex Pistols' one and only album was released. For many, it was the definitive game changer. Their impact in their native England can not be overstated. A truly defining moment in U.K. culture: life before, and life after punk rock. Though you obviously have to draw the time line from the Ramones to the Stooges and even back to Elvis to get the whole picture, the public definition of "punk rock" sort of begins and ends with the Sex Pistols.
When the Sex Pistols released 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols' in 1977, it sparked off a musical and social revolution in England and became one of the landmark albums of its time. To mark the record's 35th anniversary, Universal Music UK will release a special deluxe box set version on Sept. 24.
He played a rock star in both 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' and 'Get Him to the Greek' and did his best REO Speedwagon cover for the recent 'Rock of Ages' movie. Now actor/comedian Russell Brand will take center stage at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics to perform a pair of classics.
The always outspoken John Lydon dipped into the debate on drugs during the U.K. program 'Question Time' Friday night (July 6). The vocalist argued that drugs should be legalized, but he put a condition on what would need to happen for that to occur.
Hearing that a Sex Pistols ‘God Save The Queen’ single sold for over $19,000 on eBay is probably enough to make sardonic singer Johnny Rotten’s middle fingers fly high. It’s hard to imagine that a band whose message was so anti-establishment merits such monetary value on an institutionalized auction site.