November 6, 2015
The Sex Pistol’s first gig: 40 years ago today
That the Sex Pistols were about as “real” as The Monkees was something we tried to ignore at the time, if we even realized it at all. (…)
As I got older, though, that paradox became a feature rather than a bug.
How eye-wateringly audacious:
McLaren & Co. “topping from below,” selling a “fake” group to not one but two all-powerful, shamelessly greedy and colossally stupid record companies, rather than the other way around.
It was The Sting — a blockbuster film of the time — with guitars.
And the joke, it turned out, was even on the group itself:
The Sex Pistols accidentally recorded one of the greatest albums ever put to vinyl.