Friday, 10 April 2020

The Sex Pistols - Spunk (1977)

'Spunk' is a bootleg demo album by The Sex Pistols, which was originally released in the UK during September or October 1977. The album comprises studio demos recorded with Dave Goodman during 1976 and early 1977, while original bass player Glen Matlock was still a member of the band. Most of the songs would later be re-recorded and officially released on the group's debut album 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols', although some fans concur with manager Malcolm McLaren and producer Goodman that the raw versions of the songs on 'Spunk' are superior to the officially released ones, particularly since they approximate a faithful reproduction of the original Sex Pistols line-up's live sound. The album actually features the bass-lines of Glen Matlock, whereas for the re-recorded versions guitarist Steve Jones took over bass duties. Several parties, including some journalists in the British music press, suspected that McLaren was responsible for the original 'Spunk' bootleg, which would have been in breach of the band's record contract with Virgin, and once word got out about it, it quickly became extremely hard to find. It's often cited as the Sex Pistols' de facto alternative debut album, making it ideal fodder for bootleggers, who have issued it in a number of editions over the years. Track titles are what the songs were called when they were taped, and a number of them were later re-named when they were re-recorded for Virgin. This is an excellent quality version, and so fans who haven't already heard it can decide if McLaren and Goodman were right. 



Track listing

01 Lazy Sod
02 Satellite
03 Feelings
04 Just Me
05 Submission
06 Nookie
07 No Future
08 Problems
09 Lots of Fun
10 Liar
11 Who Was It
12 New York (Looking for a Kiss)

Suggested by 'The Greatest Albums You'll Never Hear' by Bruno MacDonald


4 comments:

  1. I've heard of this for years - thanks!

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  2. Thanx for sharing and running a great site.... have you ever seen Persuasion the lost Adam ant record?

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  3. It's amazing that after all these years people are still falling for this nonsense masquerading as music. Even after death Malcolm is still having the last laugh. Funny eh?

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