SEX PISTOLS Spunk The Original Bootleg Album Castle/Sanctuary (2006)
One of the biggest, most influential, successful, over hyped, overrated and over blown bands of the punk era.
The original Spunk bootleg was released in 1977 and consisted of a compilation of 1976 demos. Those 12 tracks are here with 3 bonus tracks and a thick booklet, to celebrate the recordingsí 30th anniversary.
But for a band and music genre that prided themselves on being crap, do we need some averagely recorded demos? Well, maybe.
On the plus side, they feature bassist Glen Matlock, who was far more talented than Sid Vicious, and Johnny Rotten wasnít playing to the image he had to live up to, having sworn on TV and all the other Pistols bullshit.
That said, there isnít the recording quality, and there isnít the energy, thereís a restrained element of going through the motions.
Well packaged, this is an essential wallet lightening rarity for die hard fans and collectors. But given that they ditched Matlock and Never Mind The Bollocks was their best work, the average fan is going to have no interest in this at all.
Give me The Damned any day.
Review by Joe Geesin