From the title, Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols is controversial. The swearing continues throughout the record, typical of the band’s disrespect for manners. The Pistol’s rebellious attitude is echoed in the lyrics, with their sarcastic tone and menacing attack. God Save The Queen is the most direct example of this, assaulting the monarchy during her majesty’s Silver Jubilee year. “God save the Queen, her fascist regime”.
Lydon’s delivery is brilliantly abrasive: a confident and angry roar. The opening lines to Anarchy In The UK are amazing, the highlight of the record. An evil cackle preceeds Lydon shouting out “I am an Antichrist/I am an anarchist/Don’t know what I want but I know how to get it/I wanna destroy passerby/’Cause I wanna be anarchy!”. The way he manipulates the word anarchist to make it rhyme, his rolling R’s and the emphasis of the final syllable of each line show that he is in control, he means what he says, he should be feared. That one line encapsulates the whole record for me.
The bright yellow and pink cover is loud, as is the music inside. Thunderous electric guitars rip through the heart of the record, layered to create a powerful wall of noise. Only the occasional riff makes it way through. Short, fast-paced songs create a sense of impact. Pay attention, here’s the Sex Pistols.