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Punk Rock and The Sex Pistols

Updated on September 19, 2014

Punk Rock The New Phenomena, Was it Really in the 70's

Punk Rock was more than just being about music, it was about a whole new rebellious movement against the government, quaint old traditions and representatives of the establishment. Forty years later I am not so sure that was such a good idea, but back in the 70's it was a lot of fun.

So never mind the serious stuff, who remembers the pogo, the bin liners, safety pins, chains and those weird mohican haircuts in multiple colours.

The music was even weirder, probably because of the Sex Pistols, the band responsible for initiating Punk Rock in the UK around about 1975 which is the year after I left school in my mid to late teens. So as you can imagine I was right in amongst it in terms of time frames. That said where I lived in the Forest of Dean the music scene wasn't exactly contemporary. It was actually a little bit more 'young farmers' or 'football club disco. Although some of the local disc jockeys did splash out and buy a few Punk Rock singles and of course there were the holidays to Benidorm for 2 weeks every year where punk rock was very big in the 70's. You could get involved in a really good pogo dance in Benidorm which was fantastic when the girls were only wearing vests and you were a hormone charged teenager.

Some of the more contentious records the Sex Pistols released were 'God Save the Queen' and 'Anarchy in the UK'. But it wasn't actually the music that caused the biggest uproar it was when Steve Jones used the 'F' word whilst being interviewed by a guy called Bill Grundy in 1976. It was probably the single most important event that got the Sex Pistols noticed. Like they say there is no such thing as bad publicity. Anyway after that Punk Rock had truly arrived on the UK music scene.

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Johnny Rotten wearing a Westwood-designed "Destroy" T-shirt, echoing Rotten's yawp at the end of "Anarchy in the U.K. Courtesy of Wikipedia
Johnny Rotten wearing a Westwood-designed "Destroy" T-shirt, echoing Rotten's yawp at the end of "Anarchy in the U.K. Courtesy of Wikipedia

Punk Rock stuff

Punk Goes Classic Rock
Punk Goes Classic Rock

The ninth release in this compilation series features hardcore/alternative/emo bands covering classic rock hits from the likes of Queen, Kiss, Journey, Jimi Henrix and more. The line up includes We The Kings, Mayday Parade, Forever The Sickest Kids, The Maine, Never Shout Never, The Almost, blessthefall, and more.

 

Three reasons to love Punk Rock

Punk Rock entered the world of music in the 70's as a completely new genre that had never been seen or heard before, it was loud, rude and antagonistic, but it was claimed by the youth of the time as their own.

Punk Rock inspired a new generation of fashion championed mainly by Vivian Westwood who, unbeknown to many, was also rumoured to have fed many of the lyrics for 'Anarchy in the UK' to Johnny Rotten (alias John Lydon) who put his own stamp on the words and performed it in his own inimitable way. He did that whilst happily smashing up the bands equipment, which very often they didn't even own, plus occasionally getting involved in fights with the audience just to cap things off.

The releases of "Anarchy in the U.K.", "God Save the Queen" and Never Mind the Bollocks are counted among the most important events in the history of popular music. (Ref. Wikipedia - Sex_Pistols)

The Sex Pistols may have been credited as the premier Punk Rock band but in actual fact their rule was fairly short lived and it was the other Punk Rock Bands like 'The Clash' and 'Blondie' who were to stay the course a little longer and 'heaven forbid' bring Punk Rock out of total mayhem with a cult following into a slightly more popular music format which was renamed 'New Wave'. Your average Punk Rocker will hate reading that, but it is actually true and the average record producer breathed a sigh of relief when the 'New Wave' format emerged as a much more manageable option.

The Damned', who were actually the first Punk Rock band to release a single ahead of the Sex Pistols, but only just, also went on to re-invent themselves into what was to become known as the 'Gothic genre'. As for 'The Buzz Cocks', well never mind the Buzz Cocks, they didn't really do much at all. The Sex Pistols didn't really do anything other than Punk Rock so by the end of the 70's that was pretty much it for them, there was no reinventing themselves as far as they were concerned, it was Punk Rock or nothing.

Punk Creep - Size: Child L(10-12)
Punk Creep - Size: Child L(10-12)

Rock On, Punk Style! Have a Jammin' Awesome Time with Your Buds in Our Punk Creep Costume Set! (Pants/Belt/Guitar/Make-up Not Included)

 

Quick, what do you think of Punk Rock?

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Punk Rock featuring the Sex Pistols and Blondie

Blondie explains what a pogo dance is, pretty good explanation actually.

Punk Rock Dad: No Rules, Just Real Life
Punk Rock Dad: No Rules, Just Real Life

Jim Lindberg is a Punk Rock Dad. When he drives his kids to school in the morning, they listen to the Ramones, the Clash, or the Descendents and that's it. He goes to all the soccer games, dance rehearsals, and piano recitals, but when he feels the need, he goes into the slam pit at punk shows and comes home bruised and beatenâsomehow feeling strangely better. While the other dads dye their hair brown to cover the gray, Jim occasionally dyes his blue or green. He pays his taxes, serves jury duty, votes in all major elections, and reserves the right to believe that there's a vast Right Wing Conspiracyâand that the head of the P.T.A. is possibly in on it. He is a Punk Rock Dad.

 

God Save the Queen - Sex Pistols

Never Mind the Bollocks - Sex Pistols

Punk Rock Holocaust
Punk Rock Holocaust

The scene is the 2003 Vans Warped Tour, one of the biggest touring punk festivals in history, but this time around, instead of merely moshing... bands, fans, merchants and crew members are being systematically slaughtered. Due to the rigors of the day to day operation of the tour, the grizzly murders are overlooked until so many people are dead or missing it is impossible to ignore. Soon rumors are abound of a legendary band named Brutal Enigma who supposedly years ago tricked Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman into letting them perform by giving him a Black Flag demo tape. Discovering he'd been duped by a horrible band, Lyman banished Brutal Enigma from the tour. Days later, Brutal Enigma was found dead by apparent suicide on their tour bus. Has the banished band returned for revenge? Or is there something far more sinister abound? This punk rock slasher comedy is directed by Doug Sakmann and produced by Backseat Conceptions. The film features starring roles and performances from nearly every band on this year's tour, including RANCID, SIMPLE PLAN, THE USED, LESS THAN JAKE, ANDREW WK, TSUNAMI BOMB, DROPKICK MURPHIES, SUICIDE MACHINES, ATMOSHPHERE, MEST, PENNYWISE and more as they struggle to keep on the road and figure out who is behind the crimes. The film backdrop includes the Warped Tour's stages, grounds and production areas, as well as the various venues and landmarks that the crew encounters along the 44 date tour.

 

Anarchy in the UK - Sex Pistols

Do you even remember Punk Rock - Shout Out For Punk Rock!

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      Richard 3 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      The Sex Pistols weren't my favourites. I preferred others like The Undertones, The Clash and The Buzzcocks...

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      Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

      @anonymous: That's a good list, I have most of those as well. I still play them occasionally as well.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I liked Punk Rock and New Wave and I definitely liked the Sex Pistols. Still have the CD. Also liked the Ramones, the Clash, Blondie and a bunch of others. Groooooooooooovy lens!

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      I remember it and because of the music and the paraphenalia. I never did like the music, I was into my 30's by late 70's; but I guess in retrospect and in the light of the article, perhaps I should take it for what it was.

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      Alana-r 4 years ago

      Oi, Oi, love the Pistols, very much enjoyed this read, thanks so much.

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      ToTheBrimm LM 6 years ago

      Herman the Merman will be able to use this lens. Thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nicely, Nicely! Thank you.

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      Brian Stephens 6 years ago from France

      @RuthCoffee: An acquired taste I think, you can see John Lydon (alias Johnny Rotten) on UK TV now advertising butter, things change as you get older!

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      I liked some of it, but not all of it. I have no doubt though that it changed music in general.

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      Weblady 6 years ago

      Certainly brought back a few memories, but not not favourite music.