YMMV / Sex Pistols

  • Award Snub: Inverted. The band snubbed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, calling it a "piss stain." The entire letter, for those who are interested.
  • Face of the Band: Johnny Rotten.
  • Funny Moments: They were banned by police from performing "God Save the Queen" on British soil, so they performed it on a boat instead.
  • He Really Can Play: Steve Jones. See Vindicated by History below.
  • Love It or Hate It: For all their fame and influence, there are still many people out there who hate the band. Let's face it folks: The Sex Pistols are either one of the greatest bands to form and influence certain bands to become big or are just a very painful band to listen to, complete with their assumed Gadfly personalities. Especially Rotten.
    • This also applies to the fact the band itself was marketed by Malcolm to be just that, so either they were a Gone Horribly Right "concept" or aren't really what people can consider a punk rock band.
  • Misblamed: The Pistols for the Bill Grundy controversy. The band were angry that Grundy refused to take them seriously, was drunk on live television and tried to goad them into saying something controversial. While John Lydon, played coy and muttered "shit" under his breath, the most famous swearing during the broadcast actually seemed to be unintentional. Steve Jones only swore at Grundy after he made a sexually explicit pass at the band's friend Siouxsie Sioux, who was also present in the studio. Jones only gave Grundy exactly what he wanted all night out of rage, at the spur of the moment.
  • Painful Rhyme: "I am an antichrist! I am an anarch-eye-st!" Made on purpose. The way he sang was the equivalent of sneering.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: They'd barely be a blip on the radar of shocking the masses today, but back in the day they started a revolution.
  • Signature Song: "Anarchy in the U.K." and "God Save the Queen".
  • Tear Jerker: The performance of "No Fun" as the last song of their last show (pre-reunion) is pretty heartbreaking, as you get to both see and hear Johnny Rotten realise it's all over mid-song.
    Oh bollocks, why should I carry on? (...) No fun. This is no fun. No fun. It is no fun at all. (...) Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Goodnight. (Mic Drop)
  • Vindicated by History: Inverted in the case of Sid Vicious. During the eighties he was frequently touted as a musical genius whereas now he's recognized for the Dreadful Musician he really was. Played somewhat straight with the rest of the band, but especially with Steve Jones who is finally being recognized as a surprisingly talented guitarist. Those used to the strict Three Chords and the Truth version of Punk Rock often come away thinking the Sex Pistols sound more like a Hard Rock band after hearing Steve play.
  • The Woobie: Say what you will about the guy, but what is known of Sid Vicious life, both before and after the Sex Pistols, is actually pretty heartbreaking.