Sex Pistols Sign To Universal

The classic punk act have signed a major record deal with Universal - but is it yet another example of the band selling out against their punk ideals?

Sex Pistols Sign To Universal
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The Sex Pistols have signed a major recording deal with Universal. It will release an expanded and repackaged edition of "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols", which will be released this year to celebrate the band's 35th anniversary, according to BBC. "Music can be great, when done by the great. The Sex Pistols are the greatest," said a typically immodest Johnny Rotten to NME. "Universal now has a trophy room, music is the imitation of nature, the Sex Pistols are nature, so please give generously. Thank you." Karen Simmonds from Universal is happy with the new signing. "To be given the opportunity to re-evaluate the Sex Pistols catalogue is every music lover's dream. We're looking forward to working with the band and celebrating their impact on worldwide culture." The Sex Pistols formed in 1975 and are widely credited with popularising punk. At one 1976 Sex Pistols gig in Manchester, future members of The Smiths, The Buzzcocks, The Fall, Happy Mondays and Joy Division were inspired to form bands having seen the live energy of punk for the first time. While it might take a major label to manage the scale activity behind a significant historic act, some fans may view the signing with disappointment. In 2007, singer Johnny Rotten came under fire when he took part in a butter advert, with many long term fans disappointed that their punk hero had apparently "sold out". Have the Sex Pistils sold out out all over again, or is the signing necessary to bring their music to a modern audience? Share your view in the comments.

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    Ironpriest
    ninfan200 wrote: I don't see why people have a boner for this band they released ONE ALBUM, JUST ONE, AND IT WAS MEDIOCRE AT BEST!!!!!
    Name another band that has been able to survive for 35 years off tge sucess of one album alone...
    kerguitar08
    The Sex Pistols sold out from the beginning though. Their image and controversial antics were manufactured in order to sell.
    scrymusic
    Fuccck it! Let them sell out and get what is long overdue... Recognition and money... The Ramones didn't get it and it was adios amigos. Besides... We could finally get a new album.. He is in the mood and we got a new PIL album.
    ninfan200
    I don't see why people have a boner for this band they released ONE ALBUM, JUST ONE, AND IT WAS MEDIOCRE AT BEST!!!!!
    RATMfan420
    Eifler121 wrote: The Sex Pistols were assembled, based solely on their appearance. They are essentially a boy band. boy bands don't tend to write their own stuff but yeah i acknowledge the similarities. Viviene westwood is pretty rad though
    This is true, but there is one key difference: They didnt write shitty, stupid music aimed at the lowest common denominator. idk if I would write this article saying "discography" when they only made one album, but its ****ing alot more fantastic then anything Nsync or Backstreet Boys have "made".
    swave75
    Ironpriest wrote: ninfan200 wrote: I don't see why people have a boner for this band they released ONE ALBUM, JUST ONE, AND IT WAS MEDIOCRE AT BEST!!!!! Name another band that has been able to survive for 35 years off tge sucess of one album alone...
    No kidding. I can't name one. And it is a great album. No offense to the Ramones or the Clash, but when I think punk I think Sex Pistols first.
    '93
    lol at immodest johnny rotten...as much as i love punk and as influential these guys were when a band makes statements like that it turns me off them
    nailsarecruel
    HigherThanAMile wrote: Really, this is news? Universal picked up the rights to the The SP back catalogue in 2006. This is a hype generator for more sales. http://www.theage.com.au/news/people/sex... ell-out/2006/03/10/1141701665565.html Read that. Yes, they sold out. Many years ago.
    From the article, for you lazies. And everyone knows, ideals tend to fade as waistlines expand and hairlines recede. Lead singer John Lydon (formerly Johnny Rotten) is now a 50-year-old US property investor with a portfolio worth more than eight figures, guitarist Steve Jones is now a teetotaller who campaigns against swearing on television, and drummer Paul Cook is a family man. Indeed only original bassist Glen Matlock remains touring with his own band, an irony given that he was sacked for being too conservative and replaced by Vicious.
    Shiookami
    Ok, it's been 35 years, on one album they've survived. NO ONE can really say if they sold out, considering we are not them. It doesn't matter if a big band signs to a major label. honestly no matter what someone does, they've sold out. if a band changes their appearence (Metallica) they've sold out. if they don't change their appearence (RAMONES) they've sold out. if they don't change their music (misfits) people say they sold out. If they change it continuously? (Red Hot Chili Peppers) they've sold out. GUYS! if you like the music they have FOCUS ON THAT. their antics haven't really changed, so who's to say that they sold out? or didn't.
    Eifler121
    The Sex Pistols were assembled, based solely on their appearance. They are essentially a boy band.
    THE BULGE
    Eifler121 wrote: The Sex Pistols were assembled, based solely on their appearance. They are essentially a boy band.
    boy bands don't tend to write their own stuff but yeah i acknowledge the similarities. Viviene westwood is pretty rad though.