The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle – Sex Pistols

Originally a double album when it came out, the first album is generally interesting, the second album is a dogs dinner and shows McClaren, Jones and Cook desperately squeezing the last of the pips from the Sex Pistols fruit. The 1976 tracks are actually really good, especially when Mr Rotten actually remembers the words, the rest is fairly awful. Silly Thing sounds like the Glitter Band, Black Arabs, really Malcolm? and I hope the persons responsible for having Ronnie Biggs sing, still has sleepless nights over it. As a young boy this was a really confusing album, I remember asking my friends why there was a French version of Anarchy in the UK, complete with accordion? Nobody knew the answer back then, and they still don’t.
Hidden gem; Stepping Stone, they make the song their own.
Worst gem; Lonely Boy, Steve Jones still has some explaining to do
Micro review; It is nice to see that this album has been neatly and quietly airbrushed from Pistols history.

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4 thoughts on “The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle – Sex Pistols

  1. Greetings! I always thought the track, E.M.I. was worth the price of admission. It ain’t the Sex Pistols but it sure sounds nice cranked up.
    Thanks for keeping on keeping on. I look forward to your posts!

    • EMI – plummy voice by Steve Jones, orchestation by Simon Jeffes (Penguin Cafe Orchestra). He also did the string arrangement on Sid’s version of My Way.
      The track is certainly the best on Sides 3 & 4 (although the title track is none too shabby).
      French version of Anarchy? Weird or what? I always thought it was something to do with McLarens fixation with the French Student Riots (although this reason still doesn’t make any sense)

  2. The 7″ single of the title track was the first record I ever bought. Not a classic by any means but not a bad start for an 11 year old.

  3. Great minds think a like, I was also listening to some Pistols yesterday. I still haven’t seen the film but I actually quite like most of these versions and they give you a different insight to the band.

    Keep up the good work.

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