- 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)
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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 These were issued as a bootleg called Spunk several weeks before the Never Mind The Bollocks LP and then promptly withdrawn.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.
"Never Mind..." was their only real album, and these rougher recordings floated around at about the same time and to every interested punk were infinitely more exciting. "Never Mind..." was turned out as pop-punk, over-produced with half an eye on the singles charts and the newspapers, designed to sell to an enormous potential in the USA market.
Spunk on the other hand was raw, featured the classic line-up of Lydon, Matlock, Cook and Jones and had the Sex Pistols sounding like a band with energy, talent and some great great songs. They had something to say and knew how to say it.
On the album there are a couple of weak songs, most notably track 6 "Nookie" (Anarchy in the UK) which always sounded trite and pretentious, a sort of hair-metal type of punk appealing to silly teenagers who will eventually evolve into the sort of idiots who wear baseball caps backwards and think they look something other than stupid. The sound quality isn't the studio-polished quality you'd expect if you'd heard the same tracks on "Never Mind...", rather there are mistakes, poor edits, vocal errors and so forth that you'd actually like to associate with a great punk band doing their Do-It-Yourself best on limited studio time and cheap equipment. Real late 70's music in other words.Read more ›
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 on April 5, 2014 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 on February 17, 2014 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
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
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 morePublished on August 13, 2010 by Jersey Kid