Watch The Sex Pistols Perform Songs from Never Mind The Bollocks, Released on This Day in 1977

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Watch The Sex Pistols Perform Songs from <i>Never Mind The Bollocks</i>, Released on This Day in 1977

Among the bands that only released one studio album, it’s hard to think of a more impactful one than The Sex Pistols. The British band, led by the dynamic and volatile duo Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious, helped spearhead the U.K. punk movement in the late ‘70s alongside groups like The Clash and The Damned. The Sex Pistols’ sole full-length—1977’s Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols—wasn’t exactly a smooth album roll-out thanks to label disputes and controversies surrounding the supposedly offensive album title and lyrics in songs like “God Save the Queen.” With a nihilistic political outlook and cues from the surreal art style dadaism, The Sex Pistols swept the nation, and although they were only active for a few short years, they’re still frequently cited as an influence by musicians today.

After a serious of notorious shows in Europe, The Sex Pistols’ infamous manager, Malcolm McLaren, set his sights on America where they embarked on a two-week tour in 1978. Their San Francisco show on Jan. 14 of that year turned out to be their very last show as a band, splitting just days later. This gig in front of a sold-out, 5,000 capacity crowd, which was also simulcast via radio, is now considered a classic Sex Pistols show as they ripped through classics like “God Save The Queen,” “EMI,” “Pretty Vacant,” “Holidays In The Sun” and more.

Watch The Sex Pistols perform “God Save the Queen” and “Anarchy in the U.K.” live in 1978 via the Paste vault below.

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