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It's easy to take the Sex Pistols for granted. Despite rarely actually digging their records out of my stacks, the band's contribution to punk rock should be held without contention (although that's hardly the case). In either case, the band needs no introduction. Spunk is a record that came abou.
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It's easy to take the Sex Pistols for granted. Despite rarely actually digging their records out of my stacks, the band's contribution to punk rock should be held without contention (although that's hardly the case). In either case, the band needs no introduction.

Spunk is a record that came about in funny circumstances. It surfaced in late 1977 as a bootleg containing the studio demos of what would later become the Pistols' sole studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks. Recorded during 1976 and 1977, Spunk stands out in one significant way -- it's the only recorded material featuring the band's original lineup, which featured Glen Matlock on bass, who would be replaced by Sid Vicious in 1977. By the time Nervermind the Bollocks came out, Matlock's bass playing only appeared on one track ("Anarchy in the U.K.") despite having written most of the music on the album. Instead Steve Jones would handle both guitar and bass for the band's official release.

Some critics and fans as well as the group's infamous manager Malcolm McLaren have claimed to prefer Spunk to Never Mind the Bollocks, citing its rougher sound and closer feel to the band's live sound as a more accurate representation of what the group really sounded like. Despite being demos, the songs on Spunk are recorded surprisingly well and were once mistaken as a proper finished product by members of the British press.

Spunk contains most of the songs that would later surface on Nevermind the Bollocks, with some under different names. "Pretty Vancant" shows up as "Lots of Fun," while "Anarchy in the U.K." appears as "Nookie." There are also some songs on Spunk that wouldn't make the proper album, including "Just Me," which later appeared as the B-side to "Anarchy in the U.K.," as does "Pretty Vacant"'s B-side, "No Fun." Never Mind the Bollocks tracks that don't appear on Spunk include "Holiday in the Sun" and "Bodies."

Until recently, Spunk circulated only as a bootleg. It first appeared just before Nevermind the Bollocks, causing the Sex Pistols' label, Virgin, to question whether it was a deliberate action of McLaren, although accusations have never been proven. Once the bootleg hit the streets, it was re-bootlegged many times over and was eventually officially released on CD under the the title No Future UK?, as well as other names. The No Future UK? release contained an additional three tracks which are reproduced on this re-release, however the limited vinyl pressing does not contain the bonus material.

For even the most casual Sex Pistols fan, Spunk is much more than a typical re-issue. It's a compelling snapshot of the original Sex Pistols lineup with their principle songwriter taking part. For those who care, the vinyl is available in a limited numbered run and is sure to hit eBay sooner or later.

 

 
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useyourhead (October 15, 2010)

At first I thought the Pistols were just another overrated punk band. I listened a couple times and gave up. All the songs sounded the same to me-- sloppy vocals riffs. But somehow over time it grew on me. One by one I started liking songs on the album and before I knew it I loved every song. From the first song to catch my attention ("Submission") to "Liar" to "No Fun" etc. I can say that I genuinely like the Sex Pistols.

cadavermine (March 12, 2007)

I like it.

Anonymous (March 12, 2007)

i luv the casualties, pennywise, exploited, misfits, rancid, operation ivy, mad sin, sex pistols, and the offspring

Anonymous (March 12, 2007)

i hate posers

Gritty (March 12, 2007)

suck

Anonymous (March 11, 2007)

Man, even the Sex Pistols can't have a review posted without people saying it sucks. What's the matter with this board? I mean, just for historical significance shouldn't they be given a pass? Were The Ramones "overrated" too?

Not-To-Regret (March 10, 2007)

"I love you teenagers and your love of boring, polite nerd rock like against me! and hot water music. Enjoy your anemic nonsense and I'll enjoy good and original bands like the Pistols."

How about I listen to whatever I want, that being 77' punk or any other genre for that matter.

Scruffy (March 10, 2007)

"I love you teenagers and your love of boring, polite nerd rock like against me! and hot water music. Enjoy your anemic nonsense and I'll enjoy good and original bands like the Pistols."

You go right ahead and enjoy your punk rock Spice Girls.

Mental_Decay (March 10, 2007)

Without the Pistols, none of us would be posting right now.

Actually, I don't think that's true. I think even if the Pistols were never around, punk would still be prominent, just completely different. I also think the UK punk scene would explode like it did, just a bit later.

Really it's all a matter of perspective though. Who knows what would happen?

Anonymous (March 10, 2007)

Without the Pistols, none of us would be posting right now.

Anonymous (March 10, 2007)

My god, the sex pistols bring out the assholes in everyone!

They're a good band. They are a fun band...ie not a band that you should take too seriously.

"but because you are "omg so punx" and feel like you are SUPPOSED to like this band."

...The irony of that being that you are "omg so punx" that you feel like you are SUPPOSED to talk shit about this band and their fans for being less "omg so punx" than you.

branden (March 10, 2007)

score is for the band name

Anonymous (March 10, 2007)

I love you teenagers and your love of boring, polite nerd rock like against me! and hot water music. Enjoy your anemic nonsense and I'll enjoy good and original bands like the Pistols.

Anonymous (March 10, 2007)

Someone should start an online petition to get Kevin to do something. He needs to feel the heat.

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

Nevermind the Bollocks has nothing but great tunes on it... Holiday, Vacant, Anarchy, GSTQ, Bodies and Problems are staples. And as for musicianship, the last time I heard a live bootleg, the Clash, even though I love them, sucked live.

In all early punk scenes, musicianship was not important, errr... The Germs, Ramones, Effigies, Raygun, The Screamers, even The Stooges for that matter -- and the list can go on and on from there. Muscianship grew to be important because that's how it could only progress as music. And you can just look at PIL as an example of that. "Album" is one of the greatest post-punk albums of all time.

What bands like the Pistols brought was energy and rawness -- something that had been missing from music during that time. Do yourself a favor and put in an Eagles album and then throw in Bollocks. Then, you'll see why this band is so significant. You have to put yourself back into 1976 England not 2007 Southern California.

And by throwing jabs at Rotten... guess what? That's what he wants -- he loves it, and hence the joke is on you.

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

You people take the Sex Pistols too seriously. Overrated my ass. The Sex Pistols are a legend and people get all pissy because they don't understand why. The album is solid. Sid Vicious was a douche. It's not worth crying over.

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

Sex Pistols...
...filth. Tuneless, spineless, superficial drivel. If you like your punk rock devoid of triple-digit IQs, salient messages and energy - this is your favorite band. It would have been way funnier to see Sid grow old, get AIDS and die over the course of a decade...but alas...

-Ken

WarIsPeace (March 9, 2007)

"Overated garbage. Possibly the worst band of all time. Though Kiss and Motley Crue are up there."

Worst band of all time? Do you listen to much music? Overrated, perhaps....but they're far from the worst band of all time.

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

sid vicious is only on two tracks on "never mind the bollocks" glen matlock is on the rest

adam (March 9, 2007)

Writer Ben and editor Brian: It's Never Mind the BOLLOCKS, not Bullocks. We'll forgive Brian because he's a long island hardcore nerd, but Ben... tsk tsk.

-adam

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

that rape thing is f'd up!

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

Overated garbage. Possibly the worst band of all time. Though Kiss and Motley Crue are up there.

kill_whitey (March 9, 2007)

In response to the Elvis/Left Alone...i hadn't heard about this before...so i did a little research...i came across this interview with the girl...the whole thing is really fucked up...it seems that all you would need to do to clear your name is to give a DNA sample...you should have done this back when there was an investigation if you were really innocent

I was somewhat disturbed when I read the mention of a rape swept under the table. Can you elaborate on that?

Yes. We had a day off before the Calgary show. Everyone from the tour was hanging out and drinking. I was drinking a little bit, but I can never drink a lot because it dries out my vocal chords. So I have a rule that when Iā??m out I will never drink more than two drinks. Thatā??s just my way of keeping tabs on myself so I never blow it and end up not being able to sing the next day. Any vocalist will tell you they do that.

I was sitting on the steps playing guitar and around 11:00pm I went inside to go to the bathroom. When I was going back Hector from Epitaph waved me in to the bar and offered me a drink. I took it but I remember drinking it very slowly because that would be my last drink. I was also leaving it at the table and running around to talk to a million people, like an asshole. I was sitting at a table with a bunch of people from the tour who I was just meeting for the first time.

All of a sudden, I started to get sick and dizzy, and feeling like I couldnā??t stand. I remember being worried about how I was going to get out of there and get back to Kristina. I donā??t remember anything else. I woke up the next morning with pain and blood in my vagina. The tour had left, so I called a cab and when I got there, I told Kristina and we went to the hospital. I got a rape kit done, they found semen, hairs and 4 inch lacerations in my vagina. They were concerned and I was too, because a predator on the Warped Tour could hurt so many people.

They called in sex crime detectives, who were wonderful. I spent the next week trying to find out what happened subtly. I found out that sometime around 12 or 12:30am I was seen in the room belonging to Bedoin Soundclash, whom I was friendly with and thought they were good kids. In the room with me were most of a band called Left Alone. I was told by the people who saw me, Patrick from Bedouin Soundclash and Elvis from Left Alone, that I wasnā??t drinking, seemed out of it and was complaining of my stomach hurting. I also found out that the room I had slept in was Elias and Sobeā??s, who worked for Volcom. I never found out how I got from the bar upstairs and who had brought me there.

A week later my detectives called the production office looking to get statements from the people I found out had seen me. When that happened, Kevin Lyman, got involved and promised me that it was the most important thing and he didnā??t tolerate rape and he would going to find this person. I told him everything I knew about the night.

Then he talked to Elvis from Left Alone, who apparently told him that I was wasted, and trying to have an orgy with his band when he saw me, and that I was sitting on his bed wear a short skirt being provocative. Elvis told everyone on the tour that I wanted it, in addition he refused to serve any of my friends at the nightly barbeque. The one time I tried to confront him about his lies, he cursed at me, spit at me, and told me if I didnā??t shut my mouth, I would regret it.

After he did that I left because I was really truly scared of what they would do to me. I never felt safe. I never felt like is something else happened to me, beyond being raped, that anyone would step up and stop it. I lived in constant anxiety, nightmares, agoraphobia, and panic, which is normal for someone who has suffered rape, but was extremely exacerbated by the total lack of support from everyone except Dana and Kristina.

When I tried to go to the people I had thought were my friends for help, (Patrick and Eon from Bedouin Soundclash, Kurt and Hector from Epitaph, and anyone from Elvisā?? band) they ignored me. Sobe who had been with Kristina the night I got raped, told us that his boss told all of them not to speak to any of us or answer any of our questions. He was scared to be seen with us.

Kevin Lyman also never talked to me once after our initial meeting. Because of that I assumed that the gag order had come down from him. But later he told me that it hadnā??t. At the very end of tour, when I finally approached him, he told me that he had known the whole summer I was terrified and that I thought that he ordered everyone to not talk to me, but he waited until I asked him flat out to tell me that it wasnā??t him. Even though he had known. After our initial meeting he never once contacted me or supported me in any way. At the end of the summer, he told me he didnā??t do anything because there was nothing he could do. It was just a matter for the police. Never mind that it was a traveling tour and the crime happened in Canada.

To get the production office to cooperate with my detectives was like pulling teeth. When I left the tour after Elvis threatened me, one of Kevinā??s assistants called me and told me that I owed it to Kevin to come back and not make a big deal about it because Kevin had paid me in room and board all summer. I eventually did go back because if I left and had taken the man power of my band with me, the Shira stage would not have made it through the summer.

Twice during the rest of the tour I arranged for police to come take blood samples from people on the tour. They took samples from every person whose name was in the report. But unfortunately since someone had told all of them not to talk about what they had seen, or who they had seen me with, we were unable to get blood samples from anyone that was actually considered a suspect. That was completely heartbreaking to me.

At the end of the summer, when Kevin heard me talking to a girl who worked in catering about what had happened, he came over and told me that I should know he really cares because in 4 years his daughter will be 14, and he is a feminist, that I should admit that he did everything he could to help me, and that if I am still feeling bad about it I should go see a psychiatrist when I get home.

If I were to truly explain to you how that made me feel, you would be left bleeding heavily in a bath of salt. That pain is something MY father has felt, my mother has felt when she still wakes me up from my nightmares weekly. It is a burden that will never ever be lifted from my beloved boyfriend, and my best friends in my band who have born the fallout.

I blame Kevin Lyman because unlike the person who drugged and raped me, he knows the difference between right and wrong, And unlike that person, Kevin was in a position of power. I definantly blame the rapist for his crime, but more than him I blame Kevin and Volcom and Epitaph, and everyone else who put money, and business over human decency. I blame everyone in a position of power who looked the other way and let the criminal get away with it.

Kevin Lyman claiming his concern for me on the life of his daughter has burned me since the words came out of his mouth. And if anyone asks me why I waged war on the entire United States of America over this issue, I will tell you right now. It is for her. Because her father was too weak.

maxethunders (March 9, 2007)

I like this album a little more than Nevermind the bollocks. Because Spunk has more prominent bass sounds on NMtB you can't hear the bass as good. Plus it's good to hear the Sex Pistols with a musician on bass not someone for the image.

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

PLEASE change it to "nevermind the bOllocks". The repeated "bullock" is really annoying!

Hey_Asshole (March 9, 2007)

score is for the sex pistols. fuck this band. fact is, Nevermind The Bollocks fucking sucked...and since this is a demo compilation, it will suck equally as hard, if not more.

sid is dead though, which is fucking great, so that means there are only 3 (technically 4) more to go. fucking awful band

fuck this band and all their contrived ideas. and fuck all you stupid kids who love them, not because of they but out ANYTHING with any quality...but because you are "omg so punx" and feel like you are SUPPOSED to like this band.

final summation: you all suck and i hope somebody hijacks your car and then runs you over with it.

thank you and goodnight

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

I have a DVD where Steve Jones confirms he played the bass tracks for Nevermind The Bullocks.

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

"Spunk" is the only recording of the band's original lineup?

There are a lot of different takes on this, but it's a commonly held belief that Glenn Matlock played bass on several songs on "Never Mind The Bollocks," and that Steve Jones played bass on the rest of the tracks. Whatever the case, Sid Vicious did NOT play on "Bollocks." Yeah, I'm splitting hairs here.

But since the reviewer set himself up as an authority, I had to comment.

LosPeptobismol (March 9, 2007)

It's "Bollocks." Bollocks! Stupid Americans.

ben_conoley (March 9, 2007)

">Never Mind the Bullocks.

Oh my, so much about punknews.org."

I didn't say it was better than NMtB.

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

>Never Mind the Bullocks.

Oh my, so much about punknews.org.

Anonymous (March 9, 2007)

I know that everyone thinks that I'm the guy responsible for raping Calentura's singer at Warped last year, but someone in the comments section of the review of our latest split said that, actually, the rapist was "Sobe" of Volcom Entertainment, and that he's been tried and "locked up." Can anyone confirm the validity of this statement? Anyone?

Review in question: http://www.punknews.org/review/5712

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