Sex Pistols


Sex Pistols

Label(s): A&M Records
Recording Years: 1977

We had the Sex Pistols but that fell apart. They were on A&M for a week in March '77, and it was longer than they deserved to stay.

The Pistols were too demanding, too crazy, too drugged out, and as far as I'm concerned, just nonsense. I can go for somebody who's flamboyant, for craziness, y'know, but when it turns on you then it doesn't matter how good an artist is. They were so self-centered they didn't care about anybody else. The Pistols were very rude to our London staff and there was a scene in our offices there. We had some money invested in them but Jerry and I agreed, 'let's get them the fuck off, who needs that?'--Herb Alpert, Goldmine April 1980

I was in the office the day they walked in. I didn't get it. I don't like that stuff. I'm not crazy about music that preys on the weaknesses of society. I like music that uplifts people. --Herb Alpert, Goldmine April 1980

They were signed privately to the label on March 9. The public signing was staged on March 10. A&M Managing Director Derke Green told Billboard, "Signing the Sex Pistols gives us a unique business opportunity to be involved with a new force in rock music, spearheaded by this group....I Believe this group will effect some major changes in recorded music." He also said A&M would not "exercise any control over the group's public behavior." The deal was for two years and 20 tracks and was estimated to be worth about $240,000. A&M was going to rush the Pistols' single God Save the Queen to promote their newest artist.

The Sex Pistols, however, had another record: their reputation for offensive behavior. Their conduct at the public signing, and the reaction it caused among other A&M artists who questioned whether the Pistols could fit into the A&M "family", caused Alpert and Moss to buy out the Pistols contract. They were dropped from the artist roster on March 16. Billboard subsequently reported, "Dumped by A&M for 'bad behavior after finalization of the deal.'" A&M's John Deacon said, "The decision was taken by Derek Green the managing director alone. There was no pressure from A&M in the U.S.....He also has the full support of all the staff here.....Unfortunately, the group's behavior since signing with the company compelled reconsideration of the situation." Green prophetically said at their signing, "But one thing is certain. We're not on a crash course for signing punk rock bands."

By the time the Pistols were dropped, some copies of the single had been printed and found their way to the public. 'God Save the Queen' is one of the rarest A&M recordings and the most expensive collectible.

Steve Jones was voted #97 of Rolling Stone's Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

A&M Draws Sex Pistols; Sees Act As 'New Force.' Chris White. Billboard, March 26, 1977.
Sex Pistols Dropped By A&M In the U.K. Peter Jones. Billboard, April 2, 1977.

Johnny Rotten
   Born: Jan 31, 1956
   Instrument(s): vocals
Paul Cook
   Born: Jul 20, 1956
   Instrument(s): drums
Sid Vicious
   Born: May 10, 1957      Died: Feb 02, 1979
   Instrument(s): bass
Steve Jones
   Born: Sep 03, 1955
   Instrument(s): guitar

Sex Pistols PHOTOS



  1 = long playing vinyl album
  2 = compact disc
  3 = VHS video tape
  4 = cassette tape
  5 = Digital Compact Cassette
  7 = 7-inch vinyl single
  8 = 8-track tape
  9 = Longbox cassette
  0 = open reel tape
12 = 12-inch single
PS = picture sleeve
TS = cassette single
MT = mastertone/ringback

Sex Pistols U.S. Album Discography

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Sex Pistols U.S. Singles and E.P. Discography

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Sex Pistols U.S. Song List

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Sex Pistols on Record Charts

No US Albums or Compilations made it to the charts.

No Singles or EPs made it to the charts.