In the later half of the 20th century there were many outstanding bands and individuals making great music that sold a bucket load. The Beatles, The Stones, The Beach Boys, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, and lots of others who could all fill huge arenas and sell records in the multi-millions. However there were only two bands, who whilst their record sales did not measure up to others, actually shocked the music world into a whole new approach and understanding of 'rock' music, and moved the genre massively on, shaping the sounds that we hear today to one degree or another. These two bands became the most recognised and influential bands in rock history. They were The Ramones and The Sex Pistols, both unquestionably the most radical rock bands of all time who marked the transition of rock'n'roll from a sub-genre of blues and country music into a distinct 'stand-alone' musical form.
The Sex Pistols, during a relatively short but controversial and at time out of control career, brought a sound and cultural assault to audiences never experienced before. "Flogging A Dead Horse", a compilation album of singles by the Sex Pistols, was released after their break-up, and said by some to be a cynical attempt by manager, Malcolm McClaren to cash in, hence the title of the album and the hastily drawn and cheaply produced cover design. The back cover featured a plastic dog turd on top of the gold disc for "Never Mind The Buzzcocks - Here'e The Sex Pistols" LP. Everything was was done on the cheap to maximise returns knowing that the Band was highly unlikely to record again.
Despite all of this the album contains much of the bands best work including "Anarchy In The UK", "God Save The Queen", "Did You No Wrong", "The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle", "No One Is Innocent", and the marvellously quirky rendition by Sid Vicious of Paul Anka's song made famous by Frank Sinatra, "My Way".
Listen to musical history in the making.