Controversial Album Covers IX (Pt. 1)

Hello, beautiful people. It’s November and I am back with this project of Controversial Album Covers. I was afraid I was going to not have enough this year, but I pulled through. I have enough to last us through this month. Anyway, let’s get started!

Year: 1977

Sex Pistols: Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols


The Problem: Arguably the most controversial album cover of them all, Sex Pistols’ lone studio album caused utter chaos. It was at the centre of an obscenity-related UK court case after a Nottingham-based record retailer was arrested for showcasing the sleeve (which prominently displayed the word “Bollocks”) in his shop window. Virgin boss Richard Branson hired ace lawyer John Mortimer, QC, to defend him and the charges were eventually dropped.

My Take: A little background for US visitors of this blog: “Bollocks” means “penis” or “balls” the Brits. Given the fact that this is the Sex Pistols, it’s not surprising that they would pull something this shocking.

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