- Audio CD (August 15, 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: #568,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Spunk: The Official Bootleg Authorized bootleg
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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, August 22, 2006
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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 These were issued as a bootleg called Spunk several weeks before the Never Mind The Bollocks LP and then promptly withdrawn.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.Read more ›
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.
Aside from that, stick to never minding the bollocks when it comes to the Sex Pistols. Your ears and your wallet will thank you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first thing that jumped at me from these recordings was the lively bass that Glen Matlock brought to the Pistols. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Anthony Russo
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 24 months ago by TKO
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 on March 11, 2013 by Renee Mahlman
I have "Kiss This" and "Never Mind the Bullocks" but this is a nice addtion to my Sex Pistols collection. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Brandon Mikel
It sounds like compression and peak limiting were added to the remastering, which actually helps on this collection. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by endsng
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 morePublished on February 21, 2012 by R. Cousineau
Sex Pistols / Spunk: Ah, the eternal question, "Never Mind..." or "Spunk"? The fanatic will want both. The casual fan will want "Never Mind...". Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by J. Bynum
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 morePublished on December 29, 2011 by Ennil Pwysau
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 morePublished on November 10, 2011 by Arno Parke
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