Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant


190 – The Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant (1977)
Written by Cook/Jones/Matlock/Rotten
Produced by Chris Thomas, Bill Price and Dave Goodman
Label – Virgin

There’s an argument (that I concur with) that the demise of The Sex Pistols began with the departure of bass player Glen Matlock in February 1977. His songwriting contribution was vital, and 10 of the 12 tracks on “Never Mind The Bollocks…” are co-credited to him. “Pretty Vacant” is three minutes of sheer adrenaline pumping genius, an iconic intro, and a trademark sneering lyric from Johnny Rotten.

8 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant

  1. Sex Pistols are another one of those bands that I could never get into. I know they’re important and all…

    • I get that! I was never caught up in the punk hype that Malcolm McLaren and the press stirred up. Now as I’ve got older I’ve learned to appreciate their music and forget all the tribal stuff that surrounds it

      • It’s amazing how our tastes change over the years. I used to love louder music all the time and these days, it’s more random, I don’t know if I’d be a Pixies fan if they appeared on the scene today. But who knows? Maybe I should give the Pistols another spin.

      • Yeah, I actually find that my musical taste has changed a lot over the years. In my teens and early 20’s The Stranglers, The Clash and The Jam were my favourite bands and I would have never listened to The Beatles, Stones or The Beach Boys whom I love now.

  2. Great record. Made greater having seen the 2008 vintage Pistols in concert, the most extraordinarily powerful 80 minutes I ever spent at a gig, the sheer velocity, anger, sarcasm, and SAFETY, of being with my peers, seeing and hearing such honesty and soul in a performance that I’ve never perceived in so called soul acts elsewhere, and this track represents that integrity in spine tingling fashion. Real rock for real people.

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