A most un-punk super-deluxe box set is released today. As well as fully-remastered versions of the original 12 tracks, it also includes outtakes, rarities, live tracks, videos, and a swanky, hard-bound book.
To mark the anniversary, Digital Spy got on the phone with guitarist and hanky-on-the-head style innovator Steve Jones.
How involved were you in the box set?
"I definitely had something to do with approving things for sure. I dunno, I guess if you're a fan you've got to have it."
What rarities should fans be listening out for?
"There's a lot of outtakes in the studio, different takes of the tracks when we were doing Never Mind the B*llocks. The funniest thing to me is me and Paul Cook arguing with each other. I find very amusing."
Is it strange that the album has been re-released so many times in ever-lovelier formats?
"That's a record in itself. Just one album. Considering what controversy and how long it's had legs - just one album, it should be in the Guinness Book of Records."
Why does Never Mind the B*llocks still connect with fans today?
"It's a pure record. It was done without any agenda. We were just young guys who had these songs and it comes across that it was a real piece of art. Other than just doing an album just to sell records. There's a naivety to it as well."
Will the release spark some more Sex Pistols gigs?
"Well, you never know. Maybe Cooky needs a new kitchen or something."
Were you bothered by the campaign for 'God Save The Queen' to top the charts during the Diamond Jubilee?
"No, I couldn't care less. It seems silly to me to keep trying to do that every time there's a Jubilee. It's knackered, you know what I mean?"
Will the Pistols ever record brand new songs?
"Nah, I don't see it happening. We touched on it when we were rehearsing, but it just didn't feel right. What I would like to do is a covers album. We've always done loads of covers and with a better quality in a studio would be pretty good - it's a no-brainer to me, to do that."
Will that be the old covers re-recorded, or more recent covers?
"You'd definitely throw in some new ones. We did a lot of covers - we did The Stooges, The Monkees, Small Faces."
You were in the Arctic Monkeys 'R U Mine?' video - what do you make of them?
"I think they're really good and I think Alex Turner's a very, very talented kid."
Can you hear your influence in them?
"Not really, I think they've got their own thing."
What was it like to work with them on the video?
"You need tough skin if you wanna read the comments on YouTube. I actually looked on their video - I was watching it and reading some of the comments and they're like, 'Who's that fat bastard at the beginning?' None of them have any idea who I am. They think I'm some fat f**king idiot talking in a microphone."
Are there any bands out there you'd like to worth with?
"I wouldn't mind working with Queens of the Stone Age, doing some guitar stuff on that. Even Arctic Monkeys. I'd like to do be a bit of guitar with them guys. I'll play on anyone's record to be honest with you... Me and Alex, we text each other quite a lot. He's a good kid."
What is it that people like about Alex's lyrics so much?
"He's just got a gift for doing it, and not many people have that gift. It's just a gift that some people have. He's one of them guys. He's got that real talent of writing lyrics and making it sound like an image. You see what he's writing - you see the image of what he's writing."
How has Never Mind the B*llocks influenced modern guitar bands?
"I think Never Mind the B*llocks is definitely a blueprint to a certain style of music. It's one of those albums that you've got to have in your record collection. It was an important time. No-one knew what was going to happen, but it turned into something more than we ever thought it would be."
Have you heard Public Image Ltd's comeback album This Is PiL?
"I've got it - I have a radio show on KROQ - and I've played a couple of tracks."
What do you think of John Lydon's butter adverts that funded it?
"You know what, I've never seen it, living over here, so I couldn't really comment on that. He does his thing, I do my thing."
Are you in touch with John, Paul and Glen much?
"No, not really. No-one really talks with each other. Even Cooky, who's my oldest friend - I've known him since I was 10 - we might go six months before we have a chat."
Did The Filth and the Fury finally change the story that Malcolm McLaren had been telling for years?
"Malcolm, like a lot of people, liked to rewrite history. I'm sure the Bible ain't the truth, you know what I mean?"
What are you most proud of from your time in the Pistols?
"The album is the proudest thing, and it's documented as the truth. It's not some bulls**t that Malcolm came out with. That and The Bill Grundy Show was a classic too."
You were the first of the band to swear weren't you?
"Well... I gave him the most. The only thing I regret is that I didn't call him a c**t."
How do you feel about Sex Pistols imploding so quickly?
"When I get uncomfortable I run, that's what I do. That's what I did back then. I got bored with it and it didn't seem like it was going anywhere and I just decided, 'I've had enough'. In hindsight, maybe I should have hung in there. But one of the good things about the Pistols is that we only did one record and it ended when it ended. Regrets? No, not really. No regrets."
The Never Mind the B*llocks, Here's the Sex Pistols super deluxe box set is released today (September 24).