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** When it was ruled they could not perform their song "God Save the Queen" on UK ''soil'', they got a boat and performed on the river Thames.

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** When it was ruled they could not perform their song "God Save the Queen" on UK ''soil'', ''soil'' or on ''air'', they got a boat and performed on the river Thames.


* 1985 - ''Anarchy in the U.K: Live at the 76 Club''

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* 1985 - ''Anarchy in the U.K: Live at the 76 Club''Club'



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They tended to be in the 5-6 range. They weren't terribly fast, but they were pretty raw-sounding.

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They tended to be in the 5-6 range. They Unlike a lot of other punk rock bands who came after - and even at the time - they weren't terribly fast, but they were pretty raw-sounding.raw-sounding, almost as if they could fall apart at any moment.



** "EMI" [[BitingTheHandHumor against record company EMI]].
** The band's refusal to attend their induction to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame - complete with a scathing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech - also qualifies.

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** "EMI" [[BitingTheHandHumor against record company EMI]].
EMI]]. It literally ends with a fart noise.
** See the page quote: The band's refusal to attend their induction to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame - complete with a scathing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech - also qualifies.



* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: They were a punk band; what did you expect?

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* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: They were a punk band; what did you expect?As one of the earlier PunkRock bands, they're obviously one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s - second only to Music/TheRamones.



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->''"Ah ha ha..... ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Good night." [{{Mic Drop}}]''


* JerkassFacade: ''Possibly'' Johnny Rotten/Lydon. Certainly a pretty abrasive guy and with strong opinions he was not at all shy about sharing, but his career and other work post-Pistols suggests he was at least in part playing up to the image in the public eye.[[note]]You might call it his [[Music/PublicImageLtd public image]], JustForPun.[[/note]]


The band was put together by Malcolm [=Mc=]Laren. The lead singer Johnny Rotten, real name John Lydon, was discovered after [=Mc=]Laren saw him wearing a Music/PinkFloyd T-shirt he had altered to read "I Hate Pink Floyd," the irony being that Rotten actually ''didn't'' hate Pink Floyd; it was just to be nonconformist. (Additionally, [=Mc=]Laren once got pissed at Lydon because in an interview he named some of his musical influences as Music/{{Can}}, Music/VanDerGraafGenerator and Music/CaptainBeefheart, going against the punk image he was trying to cultivate.). Lydon couldn't sing, didn't look particularly like a pop star, but he was a genuine teenager from [[WorkingClassHero working class origins]] who was pretty fed up with a lot of things and now finally got a soapbox to voice his opinions. Fellow band members were brought together and the Sex Pistols were born.

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The band was put together by Malcolm [=Mc=]Laren. [=McLaren=]. The lead singer Johnny Rotten, real name John Lydon, was discovered after [=Mc=]Laren [=McLaren=] saw him wearing a Music/PinkFloyd T-shirt he had altered to read "I Hate Pink Floyd," the irony being that Rotten actually ''didn't'' hate Pink Floyd; it was just to be nonconformist. (Additionally, [=Mc=]Laren [=McLaren=] once got pissed at Lydon because in an interview he named some of his musical influences as Music/{{Can}}, Music/VanDerGraafGenerator and Music/CaptainBeefheart, going against the punk image he was trying to cultivate.). Lydon couldn't sing, didn't look particularly like a pop star, but he was a genuine teenager from [[WorkingClassHero working class origins]] who was pretty fed up with a lot of things and now finally got a soapbox to voice his opinions. Fellow band members were brought together and the Sex Pistols were born.



No discussion of the Sex Pistols would be complete without mentioning Malcolm [=Mc=]Laren, their manager, and [[YokoOhNo Nancy Spungen, Vicious' girlfriend.]] [=Mc=]Laren had a habit of [[GladIThoughtOfIt taking the Pistols' ideas for his own,]] and spreading the [[TheSvengali myth that the whole group was his Structuralist art project]]. Spungen was stabbed to death in 1978. Vicious was imprisoned for Spungen's death (whether it was him or not is another, untold story) and died of a drug overdose in 1979 after his release on bail.

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No discussion of the Sex Pistols would be complete without mentioning Malcolm [=Mc=]Laren, [=McLaren=], their manager, and [[YokoOhNo Nancy Spungen, Vicious' girlfriend.]] [=Mc=]Laren [=McLaren=] had a habit of [[GladIThoughtOfIt taking the Pistols' ideas for his own,]] and spreading the [[TheSvengali myth that the whole group was his Structuralist art project]]. Spungen was stabbed to death in 1978. Vicious was imprisoned for Spungen's death (whether it was him or not is another, untold story) and died of a drug overdose in 1979 after his release on bail.



The band's original Lydon/Jones/Matlock/Cook line-up reunited for a tour in 1996. They reunited once more for a series of dates in 2002 and 2003. In 2007, they reunited once more for a few more shows (and to re-record "Anarchy in the UK" for ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III''). They were put on hiatus in 2008 so Lydon could restart [=PiL=], and the Pistols have abandoned the latest of several attempts to record their second album. Matlock has also become the bassist of the Music/{{Faces}}. Malcolm [=Mc=]Laren died in early 2010, and by that time Lydon and [=Mc=]Laren had at least patched up enough things for Lydon to recall him fondly in interviews leading up to [=Mc=]Laren's funeral.

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The band's original Lydon/Jones/Matlock/Cook line-up reunited for a tour in 1996. They reunited once more for a series of dates in 2002 and 2003. In 2007, they reunited once more for a few more shows (and to re-record "Anarchy in the UK" for ''VideoGame/GuitarHero III''). They were put on hiatus in 2008 so Lydon could restart [=PiL=], and the Pistols have abandoned the latest of several attempts to record their second album. Matlock has also become the bassist of the Music/{{Faces}}. Malcolm [=Mc=]Laren [=McLaren=] died in early 2010, and by that time Lydon and [=Mc=]Laren [=McLaren=] had at least patched up enough things for Lydon to recall him fondly in interviews leading up to [=Mc=]Laren's [=McLaren=]'s funeral.



* TheBandMinusTheFace: After Johnny Rotten left the band the rest released a few more songs.

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* TheBandMinusTheFace: After Johnny Rotten left The rest of the band the rest released a few more songs.songs after Johnny Rotten left.


* ClusterFBomb: In the song "Bodies".
--> "''Fuck this and fuck that, fuck it all and fuck the fucking brat!''"

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* ClusterFBomb: ClusterFBomb:
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In the song "Bodies".
--> ---> "''Fuck this and fuck that, fuck it all and fuck the fucking brat!''"



* CountryMatters[=/=]LastSecondWordSwap: Rotten puts very deliberate and gleeful emphasis on the last syllable of "Pretty Vacant."

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* CountryMatters[=/=]LastSecondWordSwap: CountryMatters: Rotten puts very deliberate and gleeful emphasis on the last syllable of "Pretty Vacant."



* DreadfulMusician: Vicious. Supposedly, he once told [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Lemmy]] "I can't play bass". Lemmy's reply? "I know".
** Jones admitted that the band tried "as hard as they could" to keep Vicious away from the studio while they were recording ''Never Mind The Bollocks''. Luckily for them, he had caught a severe case of hepatitis. Jones also admitted that they let him play one small bass part on "Bodies", but it was buried in the mix and he overdubbed his own.

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* DreadfulMusician: DreadfulMusician:
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Vicious. Supposedly, he once told [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Lemmy]] "I can't play bass". Lemmy's reply? "I know".
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know". Jones admitted that the band tried "as hard as they could" to keep Vicious away from the studio while they were recording ''Never Mind The Bollocks''. Luckily for them, he had caught a severe case of hepatitis. Jones also admitted that they let him play one small bass part on "Bodies", but it was buried in the mix and he overdubbed his own.



* EvilLaugh: The very first thing uttered by Rotten on their very first single.
-->[[IncomingHam Rrrrrrrrright... NOW, mwahahahahahahaaaaa!]] on "Anarchy in the U.K.".
* ExactWords: When it was ruled they could not perform their song "God Save the Queen" on UK ''soil'', they got a boat and performed on the river Thames.
** On November 4 2016, in response to a call from an MP that the {{Creator/BBC}} should close each day's broadcasting with "God Save the Queen" (the traditional one), BBC 2's ''Newsnight'' invoked this trope, with a touch of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.

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* EvilLaugh: The very first thing uttered by Rotten on their very first single.
single, "Anarchy in the UK".
-->[[IncomingHam Rrrrrrrrright... NOW, mwahahahahahahaaaaa!]] on "Anarchy in the U.K.".
mwahahahahahahaaaaa!]]
* ExactWords: ExactWords:
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When it was ruled they could not perform their song "God Save the Queen" on UK ''soil'', they got a boat and performed on the river Thames.
** On Related to the same song, on November 4 4, 2016, in response to a call from an MP that the {{Creator/BBC}} Creator/TheBBC should close each day's broadcasting with "God Save the Queen" (the traditional one), BBC 2's ''Newsnight'' invoked this trope, with a touch of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.



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* JerkassFacade: ''Possibly'' Johnny Rotten/Lydon. Certainly a pretty abrasive guy and with strong opinions he was not at all shy about sharing, but his career and other work post-Pistols suggests he was at least in part playing up to the image in the public eye.[[note]]You might call it his [[Music/PublicImageLtd public image]].[[/note]]
* LocationSong: "Holidays in the Sun", where the band is near the UsefulNotes/BerlinWall, though even Johnny Rotten isn't sure why they are there in the first place. "Anarchy in the U.K." sings how anarchy came to the United Kingdom. "New York", a PretenderDiss at the Music/NewYorkDolls.

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* JerkassFacade: ''Possibly'' Johnny Rotten/Lydon. Certainly a pretty abrasive guy and with strong opinions he was not at all shy about sharing, but his career and other work post-Pistols suggests he was at least in part playing up to the image in the public eye.[[note]]You might call it his [[Music/PublicImageLtd public image]].image]], JustForPun.[[/note]]
* LocationSong: "Holidays in the Sun", where the band protagonist is near the UsefulNotes/BerlinWall, though even Johnny Rotten he isn't sure why they are there in the first place. "Anarchy in the U.K." sings how anarchy came to the United Kingdom. "New York", a PretenderDiss at the Music/NewYorkDolls.



* NonAppearingTitle: Nowhere on the album is "Never Mind the Bollocks" uttered. Not even once.

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* NonAppearingTitle: NonAppearingTitle:
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Nowhere on the album is "Never Mind the Bollocks" uttered. Not even once.



* ObligatoryBondageSong: Parodied with "Submission". The song is a result of ExecutiveMeddling and the band's snarky TakeThat to it. [=McLaren=]'s clothing store, "Sex" (from whence the name "Sex Pistols"), sold along with its other punk clothes, a fair amount of bondage gear, and he demanded the Pistols write a song called "Submission," assuming it could be used as free advertising for the shop to move product. Johnny was particularly incensed by this request, and did write a song [[LiteralGenie called]] "Submission", but wrote it about a submarine mission, a [[ExactWords SUB MISSION]].
** There's plenty of winking double entendres in the song to submission, but they're [[StylisticSuck intentionally ridiculous]] exclusively to annoy [=McLaren=] and are immediately followed by absurd ''single'' entendres about undersea exploration.

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* ObligatoryBondageSong: Parodied with "Submission". The song is a result of ExecutiveMeddling and the band's snarky TakeThat to it. [=McLaren=]'s clothing store, "Sex" (from whence the name "Sex Pistols"), sold along with its other punk clothes, a fair amount of bondage gear, and he demanded the Pistols write a song called "Submission," assuming it could be used as free advertising for the shop to move product. Johnny was particularly incensed by this request, and did write a song [[LiteralGenie called]] "Submission", but wrote it about a submarine mission, a [[ExactWords SUB MISSION]].
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MISSION]]. There's plenty of winking double entendres in the song to submission, but they're [[StylisticSuck intentionally ridiculous]] exclusively to annoy [=McLaren=] and are immediately followed by absurd ''single'' entendres about undersea exploration.



** His behaviour is the reason why ''Never Mind the Bollocks'' carried an unusual production credit. To let Bill Price explain:
--> ''The simple facts of the matter were that Chris [Thomas] was hired by Malcolm to do a series of singles for the Sex Pistols. I was hired by Malcolm to do a series of album tracks with the Sex Pistols. Life got slightly complicated, because I did a few album tracks that Chris remade as singles. Also, Chris started a couple of tracks, which got abandoned as singles, which I remade to be used as album tracks. On quite a large number of songs, when we'd finished the album, we had two versions of the song. I couldn't quite understand why Malcolm kept chopping and changing between different versions of different songs. It slowly dawned on Chris and myself that Malcolm was trying to slip between two stools and not pay Chris or me. So we said, "I'll tell you what, Malcolm. Whatever's on the Sex Pistols' album, it was either done by me or Chris, and you can pay us and we'll divvy it out amongst our little selves." Which is what we did. But it did force that very strange credit, simply because the sleeve was printed long before it was finally decided which version of each individual song was on the record. If we'd known, it would have said 'produced by Bill Price' or 'produced by Chris Thomas'. That's how you ended up with that credit, 'produced by Bill Price or Chris Thomas'.''
** Subsequent issues of the album on CD have amended this to a slightly more reasonable "Produced by Chris Thomas, engineered by Bill Price".

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** His behaviour is the reason why ''Never Mind the Bollocks'' carried an unusual production credit.credit "Produced by Bill Price ''or'' Chris Thomas" (since amended on subsequent issues of the album on CD to the slightly more reasonable "Produced by Chris Thomas, engineered by Bill Price"). To let Bill Price explain:
--> ---> ''The simple facts of the matter were that Chris [Thomas] was hired by Malcolm to do a series of singles for the Sex Pistols. I was hired by Malcolm to do a series of album tracks with the Sex Pistols. Life got slightly complicated, because I did a few album tracks that Chris remade as singles. Also, Chris started a couple of tracks, which got abandoned as singles, which I remade to be used as album tracks. On quite a large number of songs, when we'd finished the album, we had two versions of the song. I couldn't quite understand why Malcolm kept chopping and changing between different versions of different songs. It slowly dawned on Chris and myself that Malcolm was trying to slip between two stools and not pay Chris or me. So we said, "I'll tell you what, Malcolm. Whatever's on the Sex Pistols' album, it was either done by me or Chris, and you can pay us and we'll divvy it out amongst our little selves." Which is what we did. But it did force that very strange credit, simply because the sleeve was printed long before it was finally decided which version of each individual song was on the record. If we'd known, it would have said 'produced by Bill Price' or 'produced by Chris Thomas'. That's how you ended up with that credit, 'produced by Bill Price or Chris Thomas'.''
** Subsequent issues of the album on CD have amended this to a slightly more reasonable "Produced by Chris Thomas, engineered by Bill Price".
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** "New York" against the Music/NewYorkDolls
** "God Save the Queen" against the British Monarchy
** Their above-detailed writer revolt over "Submission"

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** "New York" against the Music/NewYorkDolls
Music/NewYorkDolls.
** "God Save the Queen" against the British Monarchy
Monarchy.
** Their above-detailed writer revolt over "Submission""Submission".


* SmarmyHost: Bill Grundy, host of ''Today'', a regional news programme broadcast on Thames Television, who gained national attention for his interview with the Sex Pistols in 1976 that destroyed Grundy's career, while elevating the Sex Pistols to notoriety. One moment of the interview saw guitarist Steve Jones [[ClusterFBomb dropping f-bombs]] to him after Grundy [[DirtyOldMan made an explicit pass]] at Siouxsie Sioux. And to give Grundy even less credit, [[InVinoVeritas he was drunk at the time]].


** Music/SidVicious' tribute of Music/FrankSinatra's ''Music/MyWay''. With added [[CountryMatters C-]] and [[ClusterFBomb F-bombs]].


* AnnoyingLaugh: Steve Jones, though it's more hilarious than annoying. Just watch/listen to any of his Jonesy's Jukebox shows and you'll hear it repeatedly. "Hee hee hee hee!"



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Steve Jones and Paul Cook. They've known each other since they were kids, and even though they live thousands of miles apart (Jones in LA, Cook in London), they're still just as close as ever.
* HiddenDepths: Johnny Rotten showed his softer side when describing the sad saga of Sid and Nancy and Sid Vicious's downward spiral and death.


* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Johnny Rotten is melancholic; Steve Jones is choleric; Paul Cook is phlegmatic; Sid Vicious was sanguine; and Glen Matlock is leukine.

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FourTemperamentEnsemble: Johnny Rotten is melancholic; Steve Jones is choleric; Paul Cook is phlegmatic; Sid Vicious was sanguine; and Glen Matlock is leukine.


After the Pistols split, Cook became a session musician and Jones made a few solo albums before becoming a radio personality in Los Angeles. [=McLaren=] also moved on to other projects, first managing Music/AdamAndTheAnts and then Bow Wow Wow. He also became a musical trendsetter in his own right with his solo album ''Duck Rock'' and the classic single "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DeTR8n7eTU Buffalo Gals]]", both of which are fondly remembered and helped introduce Music/HipHop to the United Kingdom.

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After the Pistols split, Cook became a session musician and Jones made a few solo albums before becoming a radio personality in Los Angeles. [=McLaren=] also moved on to other projects, first managing Music/AdamAndTheAnts and then Bow Wow Wow. He also became a musical trendsetter in his own right with his solo album ''Duck Rock'' and the classic single "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DeTR8n7eTU Buffalo Gals]]", both of which are fondly remembered and helped introduce Music/HipHop HipHop to the United Kingdom.


-->--'''Steve Jones,''' rejecting the band's admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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-->--'''Steve Jones,''' -->--'''John Lydon,''' rejecting the band's admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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* AnnoyingLaugh: Steve Jones, though it's more hilarious than annoying. Just watch/listen to any of his Jonesy's Jukebox shows and you'll hear it repeatedly. "Hee hee hee hee!"


* {{Jerkass}}: Just watch any interview with Johnny Rotten/Lydon. Also Music/SidVicious qualifies, as any man who would confess to killing cats would.
* JerkassFacade: ''Possibly'' Johnny Rotten/Lydon. Certainly a pretty abrasive guy and with strong opinions he was not at all shy about sharing, but his career and other work post-Pistols suggests he was at least in part playing up to the image in the public eye.[[note]]You might call it his [[Music/PublicImageLtd public image]].[[/note]] Sid might also have started out this way before sadly [[BecomingTheMask becoming]] an ''actual'' {{Jerkass}}.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Often, Johnny uses his abrasiveness to good use. Agree with him or not, at least he often has something intelligent to say.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Just watch any interview with Johnny Rotten/Lydon. Also Music/SidVicious qualifies, as any man who would confess to killing cats would.
HornySailors: "Friggin' in the Riggin'", a raunchier adaptation of the traditional drinking song "Good Ship Venus", is about a crew of these.
* JerkassFacade: ''Possibly'' Johnny Rotten/Lydon. Certainly a pretty abrasive guy and with strong opinions he was not at all shy about sharing, but his career and other work post-Pistols suggests he was at least in part playing up to the image in the public eye.[[note]]You might call it his [[Music/PublicImageLtd public image]].[[/note]] Sid might also have started out this way before sadly [[BecomingTheMask becoming]] an ''actual'' {{Jerkass}}.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Often, Johnny uses his abrasiveness to good use. Agree with him or not, at least he often has something intelligent to say.
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Steve Jones and Paul Cook. They've known each other since they were kids, and even though they live thousands of miles apart (Jones in LA, Cook in London), they're still just as close as ever.


* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Johnny Rotten is melancholic; Steve Jones is choleric; Paul Cook is phlegmatic; Sid Vicious was sanguine; and Glen Matlock is leukine.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Sid, [[BecomingTheMask at first]].

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