[This post was originally posted on the #vinylcollector group but I'm re-posting here so it can be shared -- I hope! - as the group sharing bug has not yet been stamped out.] Sex Pistols singles "Anarchy in the UK" / "I Wanna Be Me" - Glitterbest - 640 112 - 1977 (1976) - Fr "God Save the Queen" / "Did You No Wrong" - Virgin - VS 181 - 1977 - UK "Pretty Vacant" / "No Fun" - Virgin - VS 184 - 1977 - UK "Pretty Vacant" / "Sub-Mission" - Warner Brothers - WBS 8516 - 1977 - US "Holidays in the Sun" / "Satellite" - Virgin - VS 191 - 1977 - UK These are the four UK Sex Pistols singles, plus one US variant. "Anarchy in the UK" is a 1977 French re-press. These aren't particularly rare or valuable, being on major labels and released with massive attention and hype and re-pressed endlessly, but collecting them was a big deal to me when I was a kid and I'm glad I still have them. Which I probably wouldn't now, if they had been valuable enough to warrant selling somewhere along the forty year (!) timeline. I still think they're great. No doubt you can get all the Sex Pistols you'd ever need or want conveniently from the LP (which contains five of these songs and which is obviously great too.) But the singles is how I first experienced this music and it seems the proper way somehow. Plus the B sides are great great great. It's easy to adopt a jaded, been-there-done-that attitude towards this band. After all, it's what the band itself appear to have wanted. The hype quickly became a bit tedious even at the time, in the course of a single Summer, even to a thirteen-year-old an ocean and a continent away. I've even been known to describe the Sex Pistols on occasion as "just another rock band." Not that there's anything wrong with that, and anyway it is absolutely correct, they were. But the main thing I get from listening now is how remarkable the music is for all that. It genuinely rocks and rolls. And I mean, it really, really rolls, in a way that few punk bands (and few enough rock and roll bands period indeed) have ever managed. And the fact that it is all done with a cynical declaration of the death of rock and roll itself and with a cavalier "we're only in it for the money" sneer makes it all so much cooler. The thing people always used to say was that they "couldn't play their instruments" which was part of the cavalier nothing matters image, part of the branding. But it's obviously untrue. There's some documentary in which Iggy says, of the idea that the Sex Pistols weren't good musicians: "they were ridiculously good." Ridiculously good. They were. And I guess by "they" I mean mainly Cook and Jones, and Chris Thomas who engineered those sounds. (The voice was important too, but, as with Led Zeppelin -hah! - it's the drums and guitar that mattered.) Just listen to "Did You No Wrong," the "God Save the Queen" B side, and one of my top five or so favorite recordings of all time. That guitar figure is something like the platonic ideal of rock and roll guitar and the whole thing still explodes out of the speakers. Punk rock went far astray after this, but while it lasted it was dynamite. To my ears at the time, it really did sound like the end of something, as it purported to, like there was nowhere to go after that. Everything was just blown up and kicked to pieces. (I missed the traditional elements that made it work, mostly, though that's all I hear now.) In my book King Dork Approximately Tom Henderson the narrator says, of punk rock: they had to kill rock and roll to save it. And, of course, that's what happened. Rock and roll was kept alive for at least another couple of decades, on life-support in the end; and punk rock, despite the premature disintegration documented here lasted even longer in a sense, in name at least, certainly far longer than the original cultural phenomenon it was meant to destroy and reform. Which is an irony to be sure. I know there's cultural and political significance and what-not (thought to be so important that subsequent generations of "punks" rebuked the Sex Pistols bitterly for not "meaning it man.") That stuff matters not at all to me. I can't get over the rhythm and the sounds. The cutting, thick guitar. The snare. And the rolling, especially the rolling. It's just so great, and I'll never get tired of it. It doesn't need to mean anything more than that. notes: -- "Did You No Wrong" - https://youtu.be/ar8A5_0Um5c -- "God Save the Queen" on the boat (they weren't too cool to lip synch): https://youtu.be/02D2T3wGCYg -- "Anarchy in the UK": https://youtu.be/cBojbjoMttI -- "I Wanna Be Me": https://youtu.be/941c2EHXEsI -- "Satellite": https://youtu.be/wECFeRohxNk -- "Pretty Vacant" live in Winterland, '78. (I was there!) https://youtu.be/nwCrb2X4LLs original Vinyl collector post: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/946859821570486272 #music #punkrock #vinylcollector #minds

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BALBUM!!! This came up on the photos app on my phone as a "memory" from one year ago. Me defending @frankportman's use of the word "balbum".* When you buy his book, King Dork Approximately, you get a free album. When you buy his band's album, King Dork Approximately The Album, you get a free book. When you buy them both, you get it all half off! So what are you waiting for?! Go buy it! I can guarantee it'll be the best balbum you've ever bought! And it's only ten bucks! There are many places you can purchase from, but I strongly suggest buying through Sounds Rad. You'll be supporting an awesome record label, and you'll get your copy signed for free: https://www.soundsradical.com/store/p30/King_Dork_Approximately_Signed_Paperback_Edition.html And if you *really* can't afford the balbum, the least you can do is stream the album for free on YouTube and wonder how you got so lucky as to hear something so amazing for free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBIWe6arK4E&list=PLipc_noL4xpLS4GGovAx6-ms1pW2gyWq_ * Looking back, I can see the confusion when I said "he calls it that not me" -- I just meant I wasn't the one who made it up. I of course always have and always will support the use of the word "balbum". Balbum forever! #mtxforever #balbum #books #music #minds

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BALBUM!!! This came up on the photos app on my phone as a "memory" from one year ago. Me defending @frankportman's use of the word "balbum".* When you buy his book, King Dork Approximately, you get a free album. When you buy his band's album, King Dork Approximately The Album, you get a free book. When you buy them both, you get it all half off! So what are you waiting for?! Go buy it! I can guarantee it'll be the best balbum you've ever bought! And it's only ten bucks! There are many places you can purchase from, but I strongly suggest buying through Sounds Rad. You'll be supporting an awesome record label, and you'll get your copy signed for free: https://www.soundsradical.com/store/p30/King_Dork_Approximately_Signed_Paperback_Edition.html And if you *really* can't afford the balbum, the least you can do is stream the album for free on YouTube and wonder how you got so lucky as to hear something so amazing for free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBIWe6arK4E&list=PLipc_noL4xpLS4GGovAx6-ms1pW2gyWq_ * Looking back, I can see the confusion when I said "he calls it that not me" -- I just meant I wasn't the one who made it up. I of course always have and always will support the use of the word "balbum". Balbum forever! #mtxforever #balbum #books #music #minds

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