I've been a Pistols fan since I first heard "Anarchy in the Uk" on the radio. They have been part of my teenage years soundtrack and they're still among my all time favourite. More than just a major Punk band, they are a major Rock band, and must hear for any music fan.
For anyone who hasn't seen it yet, here's a video of what's most probably the best ever version of the Stooges' classic "No Fun", during the only encore of the Pistols last gig in San Francisco in 1978 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-BSoaSzN04
On this video, you can witness the band on the verge of desintegration : their manager, Malcolm McLaren, had booked them on a suicide US tour, mostly visiting places in the Southern states hostile to their music, they had been spitted on and beaten up for weeks, no one was talking to the singer anymore, Sid was stoned out of his mind, Cook and Jones hated the audience but didn't want to back off and soldiered on, you could touch the hatred, but still they made music history that night. These guys were legends i spite of themselves.
"Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Good night"