The original Sex Pistols line-up, with Glen Matlock left on bass. When punk rock broke in , the Sex Pistols caused panic in establishment Britain — and more than a few raised eyebrows in Wessex Studios, where Chris Thomas and Bill Price recorded the band's milestone debut album. While the Sex Pistols made their mark on mid-'70s British culture with a torrent of spit, rage, abuse and up-yours anti-heroics, their restorative impact on a music scene dominated by disco, glam, progressive and corporate rock was also undeniable. Over the course of little more than a year, under the guidance of manager Malcolm McLaren, by way of several record labels, and courtesy of topically controversial lyrics, Johnny Rotten's maniacal, sarcastically confrontational delivery, and the band's blisteringly abrasive performances on tape and stage, the Establishment was threatened, the music scene was reshaped and the three-minute single was re-established as rock's primary form of mass communication. After getting together in , the quartet of Rotten, drummer Paul Cook, bass player Glen Matlock and guitarist Steve Jones quickly attracted a large and virulent fanbase on the live circuit, and by May of the following year they were recording demos produced by guitarist Chris Spedding.
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It follows an action-packed that saw him join U. Lyrically, "Keep On Pushing" is a true call to arms, about finding inner strength and pushing on through to a better tomorrow, which, in this pre-Brexit world, is just the right message to take to the people. Matlock says of the release that "unless you kick against the pricks, slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, you'll never go anywhere and you'll get nothing done, so you've gotta keep on pushing. Through songs such as "Pretty Vacant" and "God Save The Queen" , they influenced and changed not just music itself but British culture as we know it.
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Little did they know then that the group which eventually became known as the Sex Pistols would split after mass notoriety, and then regroup in - the first of many reformations. Jimmy Mackin and Steve Hayes augmented the original line-up while instruments and equipment were provided or, more practically, stolen by Jones. Jones badgered McLaren into finding the group somewhere to rehearse. A major priority, as McLaren saw it, was to find a vocalist.