Sex Pistols have signed a deal with Universal to release an expanded and repackaged version of 'Never Mind The B*llocks;' punk of course has now sold out many times since its initial youthful burst onto the scene of the UK in the 1970s but nevertheless many critics will see this as another stake in the coffin of the genre. Not that John Lydon will care, the front man also bringing back his other band Public Image Limited as well as, of course, appearing in those very un-punk butter adverts.
Lydon of course had plenty to say on the subject, the NME reporting his as commenting "Music can be great, when done by the great. The Sex Pistols are the greatest. Universal now has a trophy room, music is the imitation of nature, the Sex Pistols are nature, so please give generously. Thank you." Shameless.
The label's Karen Simmonds meanwhile commented "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." 'Never Mind The B*llocks' originally topped the UK charts upon its release towards the end of 1977, cementing a movement that had seen groups like them, The Clash, The Buzzcocks and The Stranglers among many others revert rock music to its simplest, angriest form, as a protest at the over extravagance that had crept into British guitar music at the time. Personally, though, we loved a bit of Emerson, Lake & PALMER.