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Spunk: The Official Bootleg [Authorized bootleg]

Sex PistolsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (August 15, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Authorized bootleg
  • Label: Castle Us
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • ASIN: B000GUJEY2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Feelings (No Feelings)
4. Just Me (I Wanna Be Me)
5. Submission
6. Nookie (Anarchy In The U.K.)
7. No Future (God Save The Queen)
8. Problems
9. Lots Of Fun (Pretty Vacant)
10. LIar
11. Who Was It (EMI)
12. New York (Looking For A Kiss)
13. Anarchy In The U.K. (Denmark Street Demo July 76)
14. Pretty Vacant (Denmark Street Demo July 76)
15. No Fun (Unedited Version Oct. 76)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
To my mind, there are four landmark recordings that characterise and embody '70s punk - The Ramones first album, The Clash first album (UK version), The Buzzcocks Spiral Scratch EP and Spunk, the Sex Pistols demos. And what a stormin' powerhouse of a record this is!

To those unfamiliar with the story, The Pistols recorded a series of demos in late '76 / early '77 while Glen Matlock was still in the band. These were issued as a bootleg called Spunk several weeks before the Never Mind The Bollocks LP and then promptly withdrawn. To this day there is still a mystery as to who put it out in the first place but it was obviously someone well-placed because the sound quality was extremely good. The recordings have re-surfaced here and there over the past 30 years but now finally, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of these recordings, here are those magical nuggets once again, re-issued in exactly the same packaging as the original.

Perception of the Pistols has often suffered due to their iconic status. It's often been very hard for people (myself, at least) to separate the myth from the music, to able to appreciate the band's recordings without being aware of the phenomenon behind it. No such dilemmas with Spunk. On this record, you'll get to hear what a sledgehammer of a Rock 'n' Roll band they really were. They didn't need all the negative publicity or the cachet of being 'iconic'. These demos are as powerful as anything in Rock 'n' Roll's history.

Although most of the tracks later surfaced in re-recorded form on ..Bollocks, the re-recorded versions suffered from a slickness and polish that did not truthfully represent the band. On Spunk, we get the unadulterated action - raw and snarling.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Powerful Story April 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
It is one of those music industry mysteries that will probably never be solved; about a month before the release of the debut album on Virgin Records, 12 tracks from sessions produced by Dave Goodman appeared on this then bootleg. It had pristine sound quality and captured the "punk" power better than the official album.

And to make things even more intriguing, a bootleg (No Future UK?) of the bootleg - with additional tracks - made it into the "underground" marketplace. The lineup is bassist Glen Matlock (before he was replaced by Sid Vicious), John Lydon, Paul Cook and Steve Jones.

The 15 tracks of this now official bootleg (there has also been a number of "official" releases of Spunk) captures the band in full-flight, minus the media drama that was drummed up by Malcolm McLaren. Goodman understood his role as producer and let the music do the talking.

The back-story is interesting, but the music shows the full potential of the "Fearsome Foursome," since the person directing the show understood that "punk rock" needed a healthy dose of the latter to go with the swagger of the former.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry to Contradict you... September 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
But it has to be done. In fact, this is a bootleg that was released a month before "Never Mind the Bollocks". It's a different album, containing different songs, or at least much different versions of said songs. This really isn't a rehash so much as a reissue of something you can't get anywhere else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SexPistols.....original January 9, 2013
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Here it is.....the 'original' SexPistols debut record (that was never released in 1976).....raw, powerful, chaotic, wonderful, the 'real' sound & feel of the SexPistols in all their early glory.....with the original line-up of SteveJones/PaulCook/JohnnyRotten&GlenMatlock.....this is a fantastic record.....punk at it's best.....you've got to buy this record if you even think that you might be a punk (there's no shame if you think you are).....it has the original version of GodSaveTheQueen aka NoFuture.....it's out there, get it now.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less punk, more rock September 3, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Originally released with a plain white cover merely reading "Sex Pistols", Spunk was a bootleg release of the Never Mind The Bullocks demos. These same recordings would appear on various bootleg labels including The Amazing Kornyfone Record Label (TAKRL 929) and later appeared scattered across many of the post-break-up Pistol albums released by Malcolm McLaren. Musically, Spunk is punk rock with the "punk" downplayed and the "rock" emphasized. It proves that the Pistols weren't the radical destruction and rebirth of rock which was proclaimed at the time but were actually an amped up speed junkie version of good old standby kick-your-ass rock and roll. Spunk reveals a more solid sound, slower and heavier yet more controlled, less chaotic. Had they released Spunk instead of Never Mind, the Pistols might not have been called punk at all but merely the next step towards a tighter, faster, harder embodiment of rock's evolution.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's No "Never Mind the Bollocks" September 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This one's for true fans of the Sex Pistols only. While it's a treat to hear some of the raw footage of the band's first-ever recording, the sound quality is less than professional, and the band lacks the energy found in "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" and later recordings. The only true gems on this album are the '76 demo versions of "Anarchy in the UK" and "Pretty Vacant" and their cover of the Iggy Pop classic "No Fun," which was also recorded in '76.

Aside from that, stick to never minding the bollocks when it comes to the Sex Pistols. Your ears and your wallet will thank you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty Glen Matlock
The first thing that jumped at me from these recordings was the lively bass that Glen Matlock brought to the Pistols. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Anthony Russo
5.0 out of 5 stars Wankers Ball
Worth it. I have the original vinyl and this sounds just fine. Plus you get the extra demos, so its a treat on the end of a blast.
Published 8 months ago by Uncle Remix
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex Pistols.
Great CD...but I already had it. Sometimes record companies just repackage the same recordings and put them in a new CD cover design. It's an awesome CD.
Published 19 months ago by Renee Mahlman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have "Kiss This" and "Never Mind the Bullocks" but this is a nice addtion to my Sex Pistols collection. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Brandon Mikel
4.0 out of 5 stars Better sound than previous versions
It sounds like compression and peak limiting were added to the remastering, which actually helps on this collection. Read more
Published 19 months ago by endsng
4.0 out of 5 stars Requiem for a Real Rock and Roll Band
Before the decline of this great band when they booted Glen Matlock and brought in Sid Vicious,their music was as real and raw as you could have ever hoped to hear in the mid... Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by R. Cousineau
5.0 out of 5 stars A matter of taste (?)
Sex Pistols / Spunk: Ah, the eternal question, "Never Mind..." or "Spunk"? The fanatic will want both. The casual fan will want "Never Mind...". Read more
Published on January 5, 2012 by J. Bynum
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex Pistols: how it should be...
The Sex Pistols were the Stock-Aitken-Waterman pop creations of the punk years. Much as they are touted by populist historians as the progenitors of the British Punk movement, they... Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Ennil Pwysau
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Mind Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Spunk!
Better than the studio debut if you ask this listener. Reveals many facets to the Sex Pistol's sound that were scrubbed and scraped off the finished "Never Mind..." tapes. Read more
Published on November 10, 2011 by Arno Parke
5.0 out of 5 stars No future, indeed
The same set of songs from `Bollocks,' but in a more vibrant and in-your-face presentation that seems to me to be more a rehearsal or perhaps a run-through ahead of the taping. Read more
Published on August 13, 2010 by Jersey Kid
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