The Sex Pistols set the whole Punk thing rolling in Britain. It happened overnight. One minute there was a boring decaying Rock Scene and the next it was alive and kicking.
Malcolm Mclaren set the ball in motion putting the band together and stealing everything from the New York Punk Scene – from Richard Hell’s style, the New York Dolls music and attitude to the Ramones ethos. It had to be loud and aggressive. The marketing was genius – drive a wedge between the old dying youth culture and create a new one.
Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) was no puppet though. He brought some great song-writing skills.