This album is a classic and if it's not in your collection than give yourself an uppercut, it is an absolute gem of an album and is still relevant today as it was back then (1977).
This album represents everything that was wrong with the Uk back in the late 70's (Queen's jubilee, everyone caught up in national patriotic fervour while all the problems of government interference, police, big business shit on us and yet we are distracted by menial bullshit that the media feeds us!) and yes it is still wrong today
The album opens with 'Holidays In The Sun' and what a song, brutal guitar, snarling singing and great lyrics with its Nazi rally opening and a swipe at middle class tourists in its first line: ‘A cheap holiday in other people’s misery’ it's all about distractions that take us away from the realities of life. The next song 'Bodies' has all the hallmarks of a classic punk song, lots of swearing and full-on music and lyrics like this - “Die little baby screaming! Body screaming f*cking bloody mess! Not an animal, it's an abortion! Body! I'm not animal! Mummy I'm not an abortion.” fan fucking tastic a song about abortion -WTF!.
The next song is ,'No Feelings' a song about people's escapism and praying to God or higher powers as if that would somehow fix all the problems. The next song is 'Liar' a song about politicians and their manager is a aural explosion. Then we move onto the classic and their most famous song 'God Save The Queen' the driving music and the vile and hate filled lyrics are an anthem to all the poverty stricken people who struggle whilst the rulers eat and sleep in luxury - "God save the Queen and her fascist regime" is an anthem for all those people living in the UK at the time of economic chaos, social disarray, and other issues like mass immigration, welfare dependency, terrorism, cold war paranoia and high unemployment, it's no wonder that this song along with 'Anarchy in The UK' became a call to arms for the youth in the UK who really faced no future.
The song led to the government rigging the charts to stop it getting to number 1, they also charged record stores that displayed this album for indecency what a fucking joke. 'Problems' is the next song is awesome again that grinding noise filled music and really insightful lyrics make this song a ripper. 'Seventeen' is the next song about being lazy and having no purpose, (you hear that Redi, no purpose, just like you, you waste of sperm!)
Next is 'Anarchy In The UK' what a fucking awesome song, fuck it, let's just do whatever the fuck we feel like and from the opening lyrics "I am an anti-Christ/I am an anarchist" we see the raw talent and power of this punk rock group. Loud go for the throat music make this one of my all time favourite songs - it makes me want to go out and destroy!
The next song 'Submission' is one of the fun songs on the album, they wrote it after their manager wanted them to do a song about bondage - so to fuck him off they wrote about a submarine dive instead (Sub-Mission) pretty smart. Then we move onto 'Pretty Vacant' a song about social pretenses and it was the song that took them to the top of the NME charts it was said to be have been inspired by ABBA's song S.O.S. and it is a really cool song.
'New York' is the next track and is aimed squarely at the posers in particular the New York Dolls, who talked the talk but didn't walk the walk - ie drug fucked idiots who try so hard to be cool, it is really a dissing song, like rappers do nowadays, (yet they were doing it in 1977!). The last song is 'EMI' and is hate filled spew at their record company who dumped them after all the controversy over 'God Save The Queen' a real thrashy, punk rock song and an excellent way to end a classic album.
I am giving this 6 shots of whiskey out of 5 and believe that this album belongs in your collection, because the musical freedom that we enjoy today was because bands like the Sex Pistols decided that they can make music anyway they fucking liked and if people wanted to buy it they can. It is raw, primal and punk rock at it's absolute best - get it you will not be disappointed. Go out and get it fuck ya!
Until next week peace out my bitches!