Sex Pistols

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2006

Inducted by: Jann Wenner

Nominated in: 2002   2003   2004   2005   2006

First Eligible: 2002 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2004 (ranked #81) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols (1977)

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Anarchy In The U.K. (1976)
God Save The Queen (1977)
Pretty Vacant (1977)
Holidays In The Sun (1977)

Sex Pistols @ Wikipedia

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56 comments so far (post your own)

Hahahaha....they're in already...but they rather not be in.

Posted by maplejet on Wednesday, 05.2.07 @ 18:31pm

God that note they wrote was funny

Posted by FinalWish on Tuesday, 07.24.07 @ 10:57am

The funny thing about the Pistols' situation is that they shouldn't have been chosen to be in the hall. They were famous but didn't do enough to get it imo. I love the Pistols and thought their note spoke for many people as to the foolishness of these characters electing bands into a stupid hall of fame.

But they shouldn't even have been chosen for the hall in the first place. A great irony for an ironic (and pathetic) institution

Posted by Greg on Thursday, 08.9.07 @ 16:13pm

Well put Greg - I hae been saying the same thing for quite some time. The whole concept of a RHOF is a bit cheesy and dumb. But, the "talk" and debate at this site is at times interesting

Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, 08.9.07 @ 16:58pm

Good Gosh! Moody Blues no, Pistols yes? What a joke!

Posted by StarMan on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 12:36pm

Is anybody on the select over 40?

Posted by JerryA on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 12:58pm

"They were famous but didn't do enough to get it imo"

maybe you're someone who thinks that one album isn't enough. well, in certain cases, this is the true. but the sex pistols had such a massive influence on garage rock that it'd be silly to keep them out.

I'd also like to know why the essential album is 'puke' on pink, rather than the well known pink on yellow

Posted by liam on Wednesday, 10.17.07 @ 12:45pm

Now that the Sex Pistols are in, I'll be expecting such one shots as Blind Faith, Derek and The Dominoes, Band Of Gypsies, Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield, The Stills-Young Band, Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, Ciconne Youth, among others to be inducted to the Hall Of Fame.

Oh wait, Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation had TWO albums. I guess this disqualifies them.

Posted by qoz on Sunday, 11.18.07 @ 20:29pm

Wait a says that Jann Wenner inducted them, when I SWEAR that I read somewhere that it was him who only listened to a few minutes of "Never Mind the Bollocks".

Is it true, what I read?

Posted by liam on Saturday, 12.29.07 @ 11:39am

What a joke. There a more deserving artists than these knobheads. Besides Sid's dead.

Posted by Lovetheme on Sunday, 04.20.08 @ 21:37pm

^Like who? Please say why. And since Sid being dead means they can't be in, I presume that you disagree with the induction of Frank Zappa/Mother of Invention, The Beatles, The Clash, The Who, Led Zeppelin and many others who have had a member die.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 04.21.08 @ 10:38am

There was an old Greek philosopher who said there are four absolutes: beauty, knowledge, love and truth. I see none of these in the Sex Pistols.

Posted by classicrocker on Friday, 05.2.08 @ 23:26pm

Just a total shame for you that "beauty, knowledge, love and truth" aren't induction criteria.

Posted by Liam on Saturday, 05.3.08 @ 03:12am


Posted by Philip on Saturday, 05.3.08 @ 03:49am

Liam said:

"Just a total shame for you that "beauty, knowledge, love and truth" aren't induction criteria."


It's a shame for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by classicrocker on Saturday, 05.3.08 @ 22:30pm

Interesting for me; maybe already known by a few of you. A band called Man Raze which consists of Paul Cook (Pistols), Phil Collen (Def Leppard) and a mate of Phil's (Laffey) from his first band (Girl)will be releasing their first CD come the first week of July.

Liam - you are on that side of the pond - have you heard anything about this?

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 05.19.08 @ 18:50pm

Just go back and listen to the album. It's one of the best ever. Stop with the ridiculous commentary. The songwritng was brilliant, the production was better. It was 1977. They aren't in because of Sid. It's Malcom and Johnny.

Posted by Stephen C. Salinas on Thursday, 06.5.08 @ 23:51pm


1.Anarchy in the U.K
2.God Save the Queen
3.Pretty Vacant
4.Holidays in the Sun
5.No Fellings
10.Did You Know Wrong

Posted by David on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 18:53pm

Top 5 for me:

1. Anarchy in the U.K.
2. God Save the Queen
3. Problems
4. Body
5. Holiday in the Sun

Posted by Mike on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 13:53pm

Madonna, The sex Pistols, you must be kidding. as Liam aptly puts it "beauty, knowledge, love and truth". Try listening to a band called badfinger who should be in RHOF but if this is the latest company they would be in i am glad they are not.

Posted by james on Saturday, 11.1.08 @ 07:11am

The Sex Pistols get inducted. I always thought those dumasses were fake hypocrites. Their music also sucks.

Posted by Crapper on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 15:35pm

Ridiculous band no one gives a rats ass about

Listen to real punk like The Clash. Not some fake sex pistols

Posted by Punkster101 on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 13:19pm

Here's another crappy "punk" group. Punk sucks and the Sex Pistols are leaders of the crap known as punk

Posted by robbie on Wednesday, 12.24.08 @ 12:02pm

Just wait until 2016, Pearl Jam will get in. That will pave the way for Mother Love Bone later on (1 LP, 1 EP).

Posted by pablo on Sunday, 04.5.09 @ 13:12pm

Appalling that they got in so quickly, especially considering how many more worthy bands have had such a long wait.

Seriously, does anyone who was alive and aware in 1977 ever even listen to the Sex Pistols anymore? I bought Never Mind the Ballocks when I was 13. Loved it. Until I was about 14. And I don't think I've had the urge to listen to it since then.

At least the Monkees stuck around for awhile and eventually learned to play their own instruments.

Posted by Jazzy on Tuesday, 05.26.09 @ 20:02pm

Jazzy, I think you should talk to all of the young men in Manchester who formed important bands in the late seventies.

Never Mind the Bollocks is simply a great rock record, just like Raw Power is a great rock record and just like Nevermind is a great rock record.

The last bit of your comment is completely irrelevant but, for what it's worth, maybe you should check out Public Image Ltd. (then again, given that you needed to point out the above, you probably don't appreciate that side of the music world. Your loss.)

Posted by Elastic Man on Tuesday, 05.26.09 @ 22:07pm

So John Joseph Lydon was inducted but not Stephen Peter Marriott?


that says all about this ridiculous and silly institution!

Posted by What_is_going_on on Sunday, 11.29.09 @ 19:38pm

(For those that haven't seen the poisoned fax:)

"Next to the SEX-PISTOLS rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum. Urine in wine. Were (sic) not coming. Were (sic, again) not your monkey and so what? Fame at $25000 if we paid for a table, or $15000 to squeak up in the gallery, goes to a non-profit organisation (sic) selling us a load of old famous. Congradulations (sic). If you voted for us, hope you noted your reasons. Your (sic) anonymous as judges, but your (sic) still music industry people. Were (sic, a third time) not coming. Your (sic, again) not paying attention. Outside the shit-stem (storm?) is a real SEX PISTOL"

I guess this proves something for both sides: If you're a fan, this proves that the Sex Pistols are true to their rebellious spirit. And if you're not a fan, this proves that they're as stupid as you thought they were.

Posted by Joe on Tuesday, 03.9.10 @ 21:09pm

If anyone is offended by the language in my prior posting, I sincerely apologize. I wasn't attempting to disgust; I quoted the fax verbatim, or at least as verbatim as I could (although, if I want to be REALLY verbatim, there should be an unexplained period after "stem" in the last sentence).

Posted by Joe on Tuesday, 03.9.10 @ 21:14pm

I just learned (admittedly, I am not much of a rock and roll historian) that Sid Vicious's death may not have been an accident; I only recently heard that his mother may have confessed (on her deathbed) that she administered the fatal heroin overdose because she knew he wouldn't survive in prison. Though there is probably no way to find out for certain, is there anything more to this than rumor? Thanks for all information you care to reveal.

Posted by Joe on Saturday, 03.13.10 @ 19:07pm

RIP, Malcolm McLaren

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 04.8.10 @ 16:51pm

The Pisstools (Stools of Piss)

Posted by Wombotron on Friday, 04.9.10 @ 19:26pm

Sid couldn't play anyway.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 05.15.10 @ 06:34am

"Seriously, does anyone who was alive and aware in 1977 ever even listen to the Sex Pistols anymore?"

I have some of their stuff and it still sounds fresh to me (though I was born in '89.) As for your question: I think The Clash, The Buzzcocks, Joy Division, The Smiths, Oasis, Green Day and countless other garage, indie and punk bands in both the US and the UK all listen to them a lot, and would all have something to say about them sucking. There were some that should have been in before them, but they deserved the induction. End of story.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 06.26.10 @ 16:20pm

One more note: There is one bit of their influence that isn't as well documented. When they played Manchester in '76 they arrived at the time when the city was on a downward spiral. Unemployment, small and stale music scene, and in general a dead-end. Their first gig there had a Velvet Underground type of effect: Only 40 people showed up, but those 40 people either formed bands or got involved in the music industry in someway. Out of that show formed The Buzzcocks, the third UK punk band, the first Manchester punk band and Britain's answer to the Ramones, and they opened for the Pistols when they came to Manchester a second time. Those two gigs were enough to inspire Joy Division and Factory Records, and that of course revitalized Manchester's music scene, and eventually the Hacienda gave the city an income and an outlet. So in a way they helped revitalize an entire city.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 06.26.10 @ 17:07pm

I remember the first time I heard the Pistols and thinking "Boy, this is gonna piss some people off"...what a hoot!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 06.26.10 @ 17:11pm

They are by far one of the worst punk rock bands I've ever witnessed in my life, and I listen to a lot of punk rock. Johnny is nothing but a hypocrite. All he does is complain about how other punk rock bands; like Green Day are worthless and don't deserve what they've accomplished, that's bullshit. Green Day's been around since 1987, some of the people who love to criticize them probably didn't know they were around for that long. I had this girl ask me if Green Day came out in 2004, I wanted to slap her. My point is, yes The Sex Pistols have contributed a lot to punk rock, but that doesn't give them the right to put down other punk rock bands that are just as deserving as they are, that's not right.

Posted by Brittany on Wednesday, 12.22.10 @ 21:44pm

And why would they name their band The Sex Pistols? That still gets to me.

(How old is Johnny now? Is he in his 60's, 70's? Someone help me out here.)

Even though my hatred for them still remains, I have to say that I do enjoy "Anarchy in The Uk", good tune off of The Bollocks. Everything else, I'll despise.

Posted by Brittany on Wednesday, 12.22.10 @ 21:49pm

I dont get why people always point to the sex pistols as an "didnt sell much but were influential" dunno about america but in britain they had a fair bit of commercial sucess

Top 40 singles:
"Anarchy In The UK" (charted again in 1992)
"God Save The Queen" (charted in 2002 when re released)
"Pretty Vacant" (a live version released in 1992 charted)
"Holidays in the Sun"
"No One Is Innocent"
"Something Else"
"Silly Thing"
"C'mon Everybody"
"The Great Rock N Roll Swinle"
"I'm Not Your Stepping Stone"

Posted by GFW on Friday, 12.31.10 @ 07:13am

"(How old is Johnny now? Is he in his 60's, 70's? Someone help me out here.)"

His 50's. GFW: In the States they only had a platinum album (certified platinum in '92, and only played clubs when they toured).

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 01.20.11 @ 13:03pm

Ahh right.
Brittany: I dunno about the pistols part but the Sex part comes from the name of the shop run by their manager where Johnny frequented.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 01.21.11 @ 09:57am

The Sex Pistols declined the invitation to the Rock Hall ceremony, so Velvet Revolver couldn't give their induction speech for the Sex Pistols, so Jann Wenner got up and read the letter that the Sex Pistols sent to the Rock Hall. Still, the Rock Hall should have produced and showed a Sex Pistols video bio introduction at the ceremony, but they didn't. Maybe they should have let Velvet Revolver give the speech anyway and perform Sex Pistols music. And still induct Van Halen and perform for them the following year.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 01.25.11 @ 16:45pm

For those of you who haven't seen it, the very man who never bothered to listen to more than 3 minutes of Never Mind the Bollocks inducting the Sex Pistols into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

I always found it hypocritical that the Sex Pistols claimed they weren't coming to the ceremony because they simply didn't get care, yet they bothered making a note. If they truly didn't care, they wouldn't have written that note.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 03.28.11 @ 08:54am

^ Not sure what that mysterious "get" is doing in my comment between "didn't" and "care." Must've been dropped there by Martians or something right before I clicked the "submit comment" button and so I had no way of fixing it in time.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 03.28.11 @ 08:58am

Here's an easier way to get the link. Good news for those of you too lazy to copy and past, you can just click.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 04.20.11 @ 14:29pm

The Sex Pistols honestly werent every good. sorry

Posted by Mike on Friday, 04.29.11 @ 10:13am

Sid Vicious: Undeserving cult figure.

Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 02.27.12 @ 14:16pm

Agreed. He was just an untalented junkie and the fact he's more known than the rest of the group apart from maybe Lydon is tragic.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 02.27.12 @ 15:30pm

The Sex Pistols turn down the opportunity to perform at the London 2012 Olympics!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 04.12.12 @ 06:48am

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Posted by Rey Bogatitus on Saturday, 05.12.12 @ 15:01pm

Sid Vicious: Undeserving cult figure.

Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 02.27.12 @ 14:16pm

This is going to shock you, Chalkie, but I am in total agreement with you on this one (I suspect there may be a few other things on which we could establish some accord).

Sid Vicious was a scumbag through and through. His snide remark to Freddie Mercury was pretty stupid, although Freddie had a good comeback. That said, Never Mind the Bollocks is still a pretty good album, but not certainly not because of Sid's contributions. Johnny Rotten went to on better things with Public Image, Ltd.

Posted by Zach on Thursday, 12.13.12 @ 22:01pm

Sid Vicious was an untalented idiot, the fact so many people associate him with the sex pistols over the other members of the group who did so much more for the band is sad.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 12.14.12 @ 10:49am

For all you idiots that said that "the pistols are a one hit wonder" I hope you go die in a hole because YOU SUCK. NMTB changed rock and roll history. If there were no Pistols, there would be no Nirvana, no Greenday, no Guns 'n Roses, hell you can even see their influence in the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. NMTB is the best album since Revolver.

Posted by Rednax on Sunday, 12.8.13 @ 18:47pm

Sid made it!

I can't believe it, he didn't play in any recorded song from Nevermind The Bollocks. It was Glen all the time (as a "studio musician") and the one song Sid played, Steven re-played!

It's all about the looks and the attitude, like Mclaren said.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 21:45pm

I'm in agreement with questioning the romanticism of Sid. Glen Matlock was the main talent in the band apart from Lydon, and they pretty much imploded after firing him. It's a shame Glen doesn't get more credit.

Just in case anybody wasn't sure what Zach was talking about: At one point Sid ran into Freddie Mercury while out and about in London and said, 'still producing ballet for the masses, Freddie?' The true legend, completely unphased, replied, 'Ah Mr. Ferocious, we do our best.'

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 09.10.14 @ 17:54pm

Yes, that's exactly the comment I was referring to, Sam.

It's been a while since I last reared my head around these parts. While I don't plan on sticking around, I will occasionally bump in to respond to a reply made to one of my earlier comments or to post about artists I either enjoy or have just discovered and/or revised my opinion about recently. Discussions on the RRHOF hold no appeal to me; I made that point abundantly clear almost a year ago when the Hall committed the sin of passing over Link Wray for Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens (although Kraftwerk being neglected in favor of Randy Newman was equally putrid and narrow-minded). As such, I no longer see them as a credible institution.

My earlier statement about Never Mind the Bollocks no longer applies. The limited musicianship and incomprehensible vocals grew weary on my mind and so I deleted the album off my iTunes playlist. Although there are a few exceptions (The Dictators are my favorite of the 1970s generation and pick for overall best punk band), I generally don't care for the punk genre. It just doesn't offer the diversity, musicianship, and excitement that other genres deliver to me, namely jump/urban blues, traditional R&B, glam rock, bebop, synthpop, cool jazz, electric blues, new wave, rockabilly, and Western swing, to name some.

Posted by Zach on Tuesday, 09.30.14 @ 17:06pm

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