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Spunk: The Official Bootleg Authorized bootleg

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Seventeen
  2. Satellite
  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)


Product Details

  • 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: #179,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 These were issued as a bootleg called Spunk several weeks before the Never Mind The Bollocks LP and then promptly withdrawn.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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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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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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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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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 came second, third or last in every category. The Damned beat them to virtually everything and sounded better, UK Subs had better punk credentials and there weren't any punk bands that sold out as completely as the Sex Pistols, not even the Clash.

"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.
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