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On This day In Music.

Discussion in 'Music' started by Panja, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. StretfordEnd

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    Barely a ripple compared to the Pistols in straight laced 70s Britain - Mary Whitehouse was apoplectic!

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    The 1977 classic was initially titled God Save Sex Pistols and the record cover was designed by Jamie Reid, who decided to go against the grain with his artistic direction. Instead, it was bright pink and yellow with cutout lettering which immediately caught the eye and is unforgettable. The album’s title then changed in mid-1977 from God Save Sex Pistols after Jones came across the phrase, ‘never mind the bollocks’. He heard this from two fans who would always say it to one another, and there was something in the simple beauty of it that perfectly encapsulated the music of the Sex Pistols.

    The use of the phrase ‘bollocks’, in the eyes of the establishment at least, was controversial and obscene and could have hampered the band. But in reality, it did the opposite and made the Sex Pistols become the face of the anti-establishment movement if they weren’t leading the charge already. The band wasn’t conforming to society’s norms and expectations; this album represented everything that the group stood for, and the fury that came their way in response was monumental.

    Remarkably, London police visited every single Virgin record store branch in the capital and told them that if they didn’t remove the album cover posters in their windows, they would prosecute them under the 1899 Indecent Advertisements Act. Then on 9th November in 1977, shortly after the release, the London Evening Standard announced the arrest of a Virgin Records shop manager in Nottingham for displaying the record after being warned to cover up the word ‘bollocks’.

    After the arrest, Virgin Records boss Richard Branson said that he would cover the manager’s legal costs and hired Queen’s Counsel John Mortimer to defend the employee. The label capitalised on the unavoidable talk around the album and published imaginative adverts for Never Mind the Bollocks appearing in music papers which showed these newspaper headlines about Sex Pistols controversies accompanied with the message, ‘THE ALBUM WILL LAST. THE SLEEVE MAY NOT.’

    The Virgin Records worker was found not guilty in a court of the four charges. With the judge stating, “Much as my colleagues and I wholeheartedly deplore the vulgar exploitation of the worst instincts of human nature for the purchase of commercial profits by both you and your company, we must reluctantly find you not guilty.”


    https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/sex-pistols-nevermind-the-bollocks-album-cover/
     
  2. Panja

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    At the time (I was 17 in 77) I couldn’t love the Pistols more. Brilliant memories..
     
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    I didn't know this:

     
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    Just googled him, that's a cracking story..
     
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    60 years ago today, The Beatles occupied all the top 5 places of the Billboard chart.

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    And 'I Saw Her Standing There' was No.31.
     
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    50 years ago, on 6th April 1974, a supergroup was born that went on to have 10 no.1 albums, 20 top 10 singles and 9 no.1 singles, selling 150 million records worldwide and producing a Greatest Hits album (Gold) that is the 2nd highest selling album of all time (in the UK).



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    30 years & 1 day ago another troubled soul joined the 27 club when Kurt Cobain took his own life , doesn't seem like 30 years , jeez time flies .
     
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    35 years ago "The Stone Roses" was released. It still hasn't dated a day
     
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    1976 - Keith Relf
    33 year-old Keith Relf, former lead singer for The Yardbirds, was electrocuted while tuning a guitar which was not properly earthed. The accident happened in his West London home where he was found by his eight year old son, still holding the plugged-in electric guitar. The Yardbirds had the hits 'For Your Love', 'Heart Full of Soul', and 'Shapes of Things'.

    A riff too far?
     
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    Listening to it now. I remember i bought fools gold...still have it.
     
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    I'll never forget hearing that for the first time. So different, so fresh. Seeing it live from an admittedly older reformed Roses was easily one of the highlights of all the bands I have seen
     
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    20 years ago yesterday The Killers released their debut album, Hot Fuss, surely one of the greatest debuts every recorded. It contained 5 hit singles including one of the most played radio songs of all time, Mr Brightside as well as All These Things, Jenny Was a Friend of Mine, Somebody Told Me and Smile Like You Mean It.
     
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    I don't like them at all, but undeniably a great pop album.
     
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    It's a great album but loses its way towards the end, starting with Glamourous Indie Rock n Roll as after that the remaining few tracks aren't quite at the standard of the first half. Otherwise we'd be talking about potentially one of the best albums ever recorded, not just one of the best debut releases.
     
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    Thats some collection.
     
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    Exactly how I feel, I own that album but never really liked them apart from that album. No question it was a big influence too.
     
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    Two years ago today rare items from the late veteran BBC DJ John Peel's home collection sold for a total of £465,784 at an auction held by Bonhams in Knightsbridge, London, UK. A signed Lennon/Ono album went for £15,300, while the highest bid was for a Sex Pistols test pressings single 'Anarchy In The UK/I Wanna Be Me' from 1976 that went for £20,400.
     
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