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The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. Although they initially lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are considered one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music, initiated a punk movement in the United Kingdom, and inspired many later punk and alternative rock musicians. The first incarnation of the Sex Pistols included singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), lead guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassist Glen Matlock. Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious early in 1977. Under the management of Malcolm McLaren, a visual artist, performer, clothes designer and boutique owner, the band provoked controversies that garnered a significant amount of publicity. Their concerts repeatedly faced difficulties with organisers and local authorities, and public appearances often ended in mayhem. Their 1977 single "God Save the Queen", attacking social conformity and deference to the Crown, precipitated the "last and greatest outbreak of pop-based moral pandemonium". Subjects addressed in their frequently obscene lyrics included the music industry, consumerism, abortion, violence, apathy, anarchy, fascism, the British Royal Family and the Holocaust.

In January 1978, at the end of a turbulent tour of the United States, Rotten left the Sex Pistols and announced its break-up. Over the next several months, the three other band members recorded songs for McLaren's film version of the Sex Pistols' story, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle. Vicious died of a heroin overdose in February 1979. In 1996, Rotten, Jones, Cook and Matlock reunited for the Filthy Lucre Tour; since 2002, they have staged further reunion shows and tours. On 24 February 2006, the Sex Pistols—the four original, surviving members and Sid Vicious—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they refused to attend the ceremony, calling the museum "a piss stain".

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Top release Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols

Albums

  1. 5.0
    Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols
    1977
  2. The Mini Album
    1996

Other releases

  1. Flogging a Dead Horse
    1979
  2. Sex Pack
    1980
  3. After the Storm
    1985
  4. Anarchy World Wide
    1988
  5. We've Cum for Your Children (Wanted: The Goodman Tapes)
    1988
  6. The Swindle Continues
    1988
  7. Pretty Vacant
    1991
  8. Kiss This
    1992
  9. Early Daze: The Studio Collection
    1993
  10. The Rare Best of the Sex Pistols
    1994
  11. Alive
    1995
  12. Chaos
    1996
  13. Never Mind the Bollocks & Spunk/This Is Crap
    1996
  14. Raw
    1997
  15. Back and There Again
    1997
  16. Pirates of Destiny
    1997
  17. Raw
    1997
  18. There Is No Future
    1999
  19. HTV Music History
    2001
  20. Anarchy in the USA
    2001
  21. Sex Pistols Box Set
    2002
  22. Jubilee
    2002
  23. The Sex Pistols
    2006