I don’t think there is much argument that the Sex Pistols (Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious) are the angriest and most iconoclastic artists elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their very raison d’etre was to bite the hand that fed them, and they sought to Sampson down the very walls of the music industry from within via song (“EMI”) and snarling deed.
The Pistols were voted into the Rock Hall last November on the strength of one great album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, and the simple fact that there would have been no identifiable punk rock movement without them. Lightning rods attract and galvanize, but they can also burn out very quickly, and, of course, the Pistols did just that.
The twenty-first annual Rock Hall induction ceremony will take place at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City on March 13, 2006. Along with the Pistols, the inductees are Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss. The Pistols released a statement today about the ceremonies – it would appear they won’t be attending: