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The Sex Pistols are an over-rated punk band of the 70's, made up of Johnny Rotten (John Lydon), Paul Cook, Steve Jones and Glen Matlock, who would later be replaced by Sid Vicious (although, Glen was the brains behind the operation). Sid Vicious was the first punk wannabe-- he couldn't play worth shite & was a total outfit like John Lydon, and would soon get wrapped up in his whole poseuriness and go into his junkie hole. John Lydon formed the new wave band, Public Image Ltd. (PIL), who are way better than the Sex Pistols.

Nowadays, you have see Lydon piping on about Californian punk rock band, Green Day. He's trying to knock out Green Day, because they are the only real PUNK competition today. He did imply it. He was definitly intimedated that they had such success as punks, when he did not. They are the only ones left hold the punk flag- even if they don't want it (as they have said many times). Yes, Lydon and all the original punks had a hard time in the 70s-- punks would literally get beaten on the streets for looking the way they did, and few DID look like that (until '77). But unknown to him, Green Day have paied their dues, and anyone who bothered to find out more about them would know that. They also mention their influences very often, causing many of their fans to check out those influeneces, which is why punks' sales today are so high. Glen Matlock even knows this!

In a whole, John Lydon is just a bitter man who wants attention. He appeared on an episode of Jugde Judy, which you can see on youtube. You never know what this man would like because one moment he'll like it, the next he won't. Now the Sex Pistols are on their very ridiculous anniversay tour, which is very "un-punk" indeed.

In conclusion, The Sex Pistols put on a good face in punk simply because they looked like the ultimate punk image-- just what Malcolm McLaren intended to build. They are the only "original punk" act that likes the term "punk". It is a constraint, and any TRUE *punk*, wouldn't allow themselves to be categorized-- they wouldn't even look the stereotype. If they had just stuck to the music, with Glen Matlock, they would have been brilliant.

Punk was a movement that was to break free of anything seen as controversial. It's supposed to be shocking, yes, but only to change people's views on things. NOT to be arseholes.

Now, to quote Chris Sullivan: "Although, for the sake of simplicity, punk is described as a movement, it was only ever a collective of individual free spirits. In fact, it is these individuals who make punk difficult to define: just when you have managed to encapsulate the ethos, these free spirits break away and make you think again. This is the essance of the movement..." The Sex Pistols did not do this. They were not original. They just accepted whatever McLaren pushed on them.

And dispite me liking the music of the following bands: The Ramones, Billy Idol (of course no one knows Generation X *grumble*), The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Joan Jett, and on occasion, Iggy Pop, are all part of the typical punk wannabe's collection-- nothing else.
Poseur kid: I LOVE punk music!
Music lover: Yeah? What bands do you like, then?
Poseur kid: My Chemical Romance, Good Charlotte, Billy Talent, Blink 182, Nirvana... The Sex Pistols...
Music lover: O_O *anger rising* The only "punk" band you have is The Sex Pistols!! And they are on everyone's damn list!
Poseur kid: So you're calling me a poseur?!
Music lover: YES! Learn REAL *punk* music! *shoves X-ray Spex, Adam & The Ants, The Adicts in poseur's face*
by Drie November 11, 2007
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Definatly the greatest punk band ever, they were the first people to swear on TV and thats how they became famous because their music... well... nobody liked it at the time. Now though, they are renowned as great punk artists. Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and of course their "fantastic" manager Malcom McLaren, we salute you.
I wanna be an anarchist too! That sucks about Spungeon though.
by Bob the Magician June 08, 2004
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A rad 70's punk band. They logged me off of Britney Spears and N*SYNC and all that worthless dribble when I was 12.
Hip-hop girl: Yo! Watcha listenin' to ho?
Punk girl: Sex Pistols.
Hip-hop girl: Oh, they's must be news.
Punk girl: They're from the 70's, dumbass.
Hip-hop girl: You be listenin' to s*** from da 70's? You gay.
Punk girl: Thanks, I'm very happy.
by Gwen Stefani Grrl February 09, 2004
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An amazing 70s punk band thats members included John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten, the singer - an artistic, yet brilliant, anarchist who was all about having his own style; Steve Jones, the guitarist - an ex-burglar who only cared about getting laid; Paul Cook, the drummer - a timid longtime friend of Steve Jones; and Glenn Matlock, the bassist - a mama's boy Beatles fan. Matlock was eventually replaced with Rotten's old friend and the Sex Pistols' biggest fan John Simon Ritchie also known as Sid Vicious. Vicious's bass skills were limited, because he taught himself one night while on speed, playing with a Ramones album. After meeting Nancy Spungeon, Vicious became a herion addict, and after Nancy's murder, Vicious was to blame, although most believe Vicious was innocent. Vicious died of an overdose just several months after Nancy's murder.

R. I. P. Sid Vicious
(May 10, 1956 - February 2, 1979)
"I am an Anti-Christ, I am an Anarchist," Anarchy In The UK - The first song written by Johnny Rotten.
by Effing Holly February 13, 2005
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An awesome brittish rock band
That song E.M.I by the sex pistols kicks ass man!
by funkmaster May 25, 2005
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Punk band that did not invent Punk, but defined it. (Punk is now associated with anarchy)
The Sex Pistols fucking ROCK
by StraightEdge RivetBitch October 17, 2003
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A great 70's punk band with few songs, but good ones at that, and an attitude to go along with it. They, however did not invent punk rock, but their style was more raw than others.
Holidays in the Sun, Bodies, Anarchy in the UK, God Save the Queen
anarchy
by ashley kenyeres November 30, 2003
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popular 70s punk rock band... and a note to definition 16: Billie fucking Joe Armstrong killed punk, he even said so. (btw i like green day so no one take the quote seriously even though its real)
"Punk rock's dead, and I fucking killed it." - Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day
by some freak April 09, 2005
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