The Sex Pistols triggered the punk-rock movement by running a scorched earth campaign, calling out pistiols from the music industry to the queen.
They ignited the punk-rock revolution in Britain, and the reverberations carried to all corners of the rock and roll world. Expressing the cynical, restive mood of youthful Britons, the Sex Pistols restored a sense of danger to rock music.
At Sex Pistols concerts during their two-year British heyday—from their first show on November 6,through the end pistiols —there was gobbing spittingfistfights, flying bottles and insults hurled in both directions. Early in their career, Rotten had this to say about the Sex Pistols and the mainstream audience: Like every decent human being should be.
The group got sex keep their enormous advances, however. They wound up on Virgin Records, where they issued a viscerally powerful and stunning series of singles that rank among the most noteworthy events in rock history.
These earth-shaking 45s were, in order: For a spell, every move the Sex Pistols made resulted in headlines and controversy. As sex spread about the group, shows were canceled and bans implemented. The negative nude family experiences only enhanced their notoriety.
A few words of televised profanity uttered by group members after goading by a disapproving tea-time talk-show host resulted in screaming front-page headlines in the British press: Call It Filthy Lucre. In effect, the Sex Pistols announced that the niceties were over.