The Pistols’ first album ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’ was finally released on Friday 28 October 1977. Ms Burchill’s NME response to this long awaited release was somewhat muted ... principally due to it appearing a ‘greatest hits’ album – one third of it’s content being all previous four singles, as well as the ambiguity of John’s Bodies / Holidays in the Sun lyrics. Funny how these quite valid (at this highly charged time) criticisms fade over the intervening years as ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’ always appears somewhere in a top 50 Classic album list, and the album immediately reached no 1 in the Charts.
Tony Parsons review of the album ‘in progress’ earlier in the year was more enthusiastic, although he appears to be reviewing the Spunk bootleg. A Record Mirror preview in August reviews an eleven track version of the LP which includes Satellite - the LP at this point was known as God Save Sex Pistols and the track listing would be revised for the eventual release. Dave Smitham