"Spunk" (Blank; 1997)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

This is the bootleg first album of the Sex Pistols. The fact that I'm listening to it on CD might have taken some of the piss out of it but it's the only way I'm able to absorb it at this time. If you try to find this album based on the song titles you'll find that they have been mis-labeled on purpose. For example, the first track "Seventeen" is actually named "Lazy Sod" and the track "Nookie" is actually their famous song "Anarchy in the U.K." If you have the CD version then some of the tracks are labeled and then 're-named' so you can get the true title. This album was leaked ... well, I guess you could call it that ... back in 1977 by their producer Dave Goodman. The album that came out of this was renamed "Never Mind The Bullocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" which was released in 1977 as well, two different producers at the helm but basically a better sound.

The music on this bootleg is pure punk. The music sounds good and you can hear a lot of their anger coming through their respective instruments. Johnny Rotten growls a lot and Steve Jones plays the crap out of his guitar. He's got slide solos and heavy rhythms; it's the stuff that makes you long for solid punk and not the nasally punk-pop we're all stuck with now. Paul Cook beats his drums like an angry youth and the bass of Glen Matlock really keeps the low down dirty and makes the whole sound quite meaty.

Of course the infamous Sid Vicious would replace the bass player Matlock and history would forever ensue them as the ultimate punk band. You can probably find this on vinyl somewhere and you should keep it for future generations to listen to because they won't know what the hell real music sounded like unless you keep it fresh in their tiny little programmable digital minds. The CD version also has three extra tracks that were produced in 1976 included on "Spunk."

The Sex Pistols: Johnny Rotten - lead vocals; Steve Jones - guitar, backing vocals; Glen Matlock - bass, backing vocals; Paul Cook - drums, backing vocals.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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