In 1980 the downtown Toronto Ontario bar called the Horseshoe Tavern held The Last Pogo. The former Country & Western Bar had for the last four years played home to Toronto's flourishing Punk Rock scene and they could see the writing on the wall that spelled the end of an era.
Already the first "boutiques" were opening in what had been their previously unfashionable downtown neighbourhood. When the sandblasting started and the gentrification began one knew it was only a matter of time before it would become a "scene".
Band names like The Battered Wives, Nazi Dog And The Vile Tones, Suburban Crime, and Throbbing Members were soon only a memory as the weekend punks from the suburbs made their way into the city core to buy their black leather jackets, studded collars, and combat boots. Enclaves of hold outs hung on, moving to where rents were cheaper and the neighbourhood less reputable but it was only holding off the inevitable: the first wave of Punk Rock in Toronto was over and done.
Punk had its origins in the streets of London England in the mid 1970s where unemployment among the working class youth was rampant and hopes for the future were minimal. Rock music had become moribund and bloated, losing track of the rebellious nature that had made it so vital in the late fifties early sixties.
The times were ripe for something new, something that spoke to the anger and hopeless frustration. The times were ripe for Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols. For about three years they were like an asteroid entering earth's atmosphere; gradually burning out and breaking apart from the speed of their flight and the weight of the resistance against them.
The first line up for the Sex Pistols was Glen Matlock on bass, Paul Cook on drums, Steve Jones on guitar, and Johnny (Lydon) Rotten vocals, lyrics, and attitude. Eagle Rock Entertainment has reissued the DVD Classic Albums: Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols that tells the story of how the album came into existence. Bollocks was the only full-length studio album that the Pistols produced and, judging by what we hear on the DVD, it's a miracle that they even got one recorded.