The Sex Pistols triggered the punk-rock movement by running a scorched earth campaign, calling out everyone from the music industry to the queen. They ignited the punk-rock revolution in Britain, and the reverberations carried to all corners of the rock and roll world. Expressing the cynical, restive mood of youthful Britons, the Sex Pistols restored a sense of danger to rock music. At Sex Pistols concerts during their two-year British heyday—from their first show on November 6, , through the end of —there was gobbing spitting , fistfights, flying bottles and insults hurled in both directions.
The album has influenced many bands and musicians, and the industry in general. In particular, the album's raw energy, and Johnny Rotten 's sneering delivery and "half-singing", are often considered game-changing. It is frequently listed as the most influential punk album, and one of the most important albums of all time. By the time of its release, the Sex Pistols were controversial, having sworn on live TV, been fired from two record labels, and been banned from playing live in some parts of Britain. The album title added to that controversy, with some people finding the word " bollocks " offensive. Many record stores refused to carry it and some record charts refused to list its title, showing just a blank space instead. Due in part to its notoriety, and in spite of many sales bans at major retailers, the album debuted at number one on the UK Album Charts.
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PT Madden was there to photograph the Sex Pistols. What was interesting was what happened before and after the actual music. Also the silences and pauses between songs would go on for five minutes. It is not like any other gig I have ever been to.