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The Sex Pistols may not have been the first punk band, but no group better embodied the movement's gobbing and pogoing, middle-fingered essence. Their recorded legacy amounts to just one official album—1977's Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols—but it remains one of the most thrilling rock albums ever made, pitting Steve Jones' glam-schooled riffage against Johnny Rotten's anti-pop snarl on monarchy-toppling anthems like “God Save the Queen.” After original bassist Glen Matlock was ousted for the more unhinged Sid Vicious, the Pistols turned more extreme—see: the graphic abortion tale “Bodies”—before unceremoniously imploding in 1978.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Sex Pistols may not have been the first punk band, but no group better embodied the movement's gobbing and pogoing, middle-fingered essence. Their recorded legacy amounts to just one official album—1977's Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols—but it remains one of the most thrilling rock albums ever made, pitting Steve Jones' glam-schooled riffage against Johnny Rotten's anti-pop snarl on monarchy-toppling anthems like “God Save the Queen.” After original bassist Glen Matlock was ousted for the more unhinged Sid Vicious, the Pistols turned more extreme—see: the graphic abortion tale “Bodies”—before unceremoniously imploding in 1978.

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