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if you were there at the time the sex pistols were special as they broke down barriers, they weren't the best band but there was something special about watching the bbc singles chart show (top of the pops) and seeing the host have to do the top 40 countdown and when he got to #1 he just said 'it's them' and they didn't show a picture, play the song or anything.. it really was subversive compared to things like the convoy song in the chart. people were genuinely outraged by 'god save the queen' and 'anarchy in the uk'.
but they were a big gimmick, blatantly.. the clash and the damned were far better bands but didn't have the same impact/notoriety on middle england..
the ramones and the new york dolls were by comparison a secret.. i'm glad they get recognition now even if most of the guys are dead..