Only 35 years after the song was released, there’s a genuine music video for the Sex Pistols’ 1977 Never Mind the Bollocks single “Holidays in the Sun.” According to Band Weblogs, the group’s longtime documentarian Julien Temple edited the clip together using footage of their March 1977 trip to Berlin, “where the band had decamped for a few days to help escape media glare after their infamous sacking” from their label of nearly seven days, A&M Records.
The song was, in fact, inspired by that same trip. Said John Lydon, via the “Track By Track” feature on the Pistols’ site, “I loved Berlin. I loved the Wall and the insanity of the place. The communists looked in on the circus atmosphere of West Berlin, which never went to sleep, and that would be their impression of the West. I loved it.” The live footage comes from a show in Penzance, England, where, according to a statement from Temple, the band arrived unnannounced.
The new video arrives in anticipation of the indeed announced Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols Super Deluxe Box Set, which includes three CDs, a DVD, a diary, a 7-inch, a poster and stickers, and is due out September 24 via Universal Music U.K.