:: Friday, September 24, 2004 ::

Punk Rock Countdown: No. 12
"No Fun," by the Sex Pistols
Yes, finally we get to a song by the notorious Sex Pistols, the band that defined punk rock to the huddled masses. Heavily influenced by the music (and onstage antics) of Iggy Pop and the Stooges, the Pistols took one of the Stooges' songs from their self-titled debut of 1969 and adopted it as one of their early anthems. "No fun" forms one-third of the Pistols' nihilistic trinity of "No feelings, no fun, no future" -- themes that would define the band's brief but brilliant time in the spotlight, and that would go on to inform the punk ethos.

With "No Fun," the Sex Pistols took the Stooges' garage-band sound and translated it into pure, dissolute, trashy punk energy. The shrieking vocals of John Lydon (better known as Johnny Rotten) came to signify that raucous, raunchy sound identified as punk. And that sound come through in "No Fun." As Lydon/Rotten states in his spoken-word intro to the song, "No Fun" is "a sociology lesson."

Note: This song is not included on the Pistols' one and only album, Nevermind the Bollocks, but can be found on No Future UK?, a bootleg collection of Pistols tunes.

:: Andrew 07:56 + ::

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