Sex Pistols - Holidays In The Sun

Sex Pistols - Holidays In The Sun

Original Release Date


Release Information

UK 7" 1977 (Virgin - VS 191)

1 Holidays In The Sun 3:20
2 Satellite 3:58

Chart Placings

UK Chart Hit: 8, 6 wks


Produced by Chris Thomas

Additional Credits

Johnny Rotten - vocals
Steve Jones - guitar, bass
Paul Cook - drums

'Satellite' recorded April 22nd 1977, at Wessex Studios
'Holidays In The Sun' recorded June 11th 1977, at Wessex Studios

Reviews & Opinions

NME, OCTOBER 1977: No Chewn, My Babe, No Chewn. And the triumphant path blazed by 'Anarchy in the UK', 'God Save the Queen' and 'Pretty Vacant' begins to falter. 'Holidays in the Sun' – the first Pistols A-side composed by Jones / Cook / Rotten / Vicious as opposed to Jones / Cook / Rotten / Matlock – has two out of the three elements that have graced the classic triad of hits: it has great lyrics and a wild-eyed mean-machine of a riff, but it lacks the structure and immediacy that was, presumably, the contribution of the more pop-oriented Glen Matlock. The result is a shapeless rant rather than a song… The other singles were great POP as well as great rock and roll – plus I thought formless self-indulgence was a BOF failing. Tighten up, star.

Punk 77: Riff stolen off The Jam 'In The City' blah blah blah. Who gives a toss. From the jackboot stomps at the start to the skull crushing riff and production this epic tale of paranoia in East Germany mirrors events at home with the boys unable to play or record through bans or even step out side without fears for their personal safety. Rotten's "Looking over the wall and they're looking at me". On the flip the excellent 'Satellite' supposedly about Shanne Bradley. Chunky riffs all round and then its goodnight Vienna for the band...

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