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Trivia / Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

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  • Absentee Musician: Both Glen Matlock and Sid Vicious on this album. The former was fired prior to recording this album, but appeared on "Anarchy in the UK" before his departure. The latter was being treated for hepatitis (or at least that was a good excuse, considering that Sid couldn't really play) so he only appeared on "Bodies". As a result, it is Steve Jones that did most of the bass playing on this album.
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  • One-Book Author: This was the group's only album, brought out when the band was already falling apart. It is an iconic example of Short-Lived Big Impact, though!
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • "God Save the Queen" was written when Queen Elizabeth II of England celebrated her 25th Jubilee. Though the band wasn't aware that this celebration was on its way.
    • "Bodies" was inspired by an encounter between Rotten and a Loony Fan who had spent time in an institution and had several abortions.
    • "New York" was largely aimed at band manager Malcolm McLaren, who had previously managed the New York Dolls and held them and other New York bands up as the punk ideal. The constant references to "pills" and a "kiss" are references to the New York Dolls songs "Pills" and "Looking for a Kiss".
  • Unintentional Period Piece: "Holidays in the Sun," due to the demolition of The Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989.

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