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Get Pissed, Destroy: Contents of Sex Pistols’ “Bollocks” Box Unveiled

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You can argue whether or not punk is dead until you’re blue in the face – but you can’t deny catalogue music is on the ropes, as the recently-announced details of a super deluxe edition of Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols, arguably the primo example of the punk genre.

Not long ago, we noticed that Never Mind The Bollocks – that incendiary album that seemed to threaten to upend social order in England, with sneering single “God Save the Queen” released in step with the royal family’s silver jubilee – has actually not been reissued often, aside from a 1996 expansion that included one of the only official releases of the fabled bootleg/”demo” album Spunk, featuring rawer, alternate versions of the Pistols’ first tunes. It was easy to speculate why: reportedly, the master tapes were nowhere to be found at least through 2007, prompting the band to reunite in-studio to re-record “Anarchy in the U.K.” and “Pretty Vacant” for use in a Guitar Hero video game.

The news that the tapes have apparently been found and utilized for a brand-new remaster of the album (credited to engineer Tim Young “under the guidance of original producer Chris Thomas”) on this set is, it seems, only half the fun. Two bonus CDs are included in the box featuring not only the Spunk tracks newly remastered from the original tapes, but a pair of live shows from 1977 and a host of outtakes from the Bollocks sessions with Chris Thomas – including, for the first time, the original studio version of the incredibly controversial “Belsen Was a Gas,” featuring John Lydon’s original vocal track instead of the Ronnie Biggs vocal track heard on The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle.

In addition, a DVD will be featured, packed with extras including videos, vintage interviews with all of the band’s principal members (vocalist Lydon, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassists Glen Matlock and punk icon Sid Vicious) and live footage, including the band’s infamous trek down the River Thames on the day of the Jubilee festivities. Extra swag included in the box is a replica of the original A&M single version of “God Save the Queen” (a re-pressing earlier this year earned Lydon’s criticism), a 100-page hardback book featuring liner notes written by former MOJO editor Pat Gilbert, and replicas of an original promo poster, stickers and handwritten lyrics to “God Save the Queen.”

The set, to be released in the U.K. by Universal Music Group (who now has control of the album instead of Virgin/EMI), streets on September 24. A cut-down double-disc reissue will be available as well. Hit the jump for the full specs on the box!

Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols: Super Deluxe Edition (Universal Music (U.K.), 2012)

Disc 1: Remastered LP (originally released as Virgin V-2086 (U.K.), 1977)

  1. Holidays in the Sun
  2. Bodies
  3. No Feelings
  4. Liar
  5. God Save the Queen
  6. Problems
  7. Seventeen
  8. Anarchy in the U.K.
  9. Submission
  10. Pretty Vacant
  11. New York
  12. EMI

Disc 2: Studio rarities

  1. No Feeling (B-side to original “God Save the Queen” single – A&M AMS 7284 (U.K.), 1977)
  2. Did You No Wrong (B-side to “God Save the Queen” – Virgin VS-181 (U.K.), 1977)
  3. No Fun (B-side to “Pretty Vacant” – Virgin VS-184 (U.K.), 1977)
  4. Satellite (B-side to “Holidays in the Sun” – Virgin VS-191 (U.K.), 1977)
  5. New York  (Dave Goodman “Spunk” Demo)
  6. EMI  (Dave Goodman “Spunk” Demo)
  7. Liar (Dave Goodman “Spunk” Demo)
  8. Pretty Vacant  (Dave Goodman “Spunk” Demo)
  9. Problems  (Dave Goodman “Spunk” Demo)
  10. God Save the Queen  (Dave Goodman “Spunk” Demo)
  11. Did You Know Wrong (Chris Thomas Outtake – 3/3/1977)
  12. Seventeen (Chris Thomas Outtake – 4/21/1977)
  13. Satellite (Chris Thomas Outtake – 4/22/1977)
  14. Submission (Chris Thomas Outtake – 4/22/1977)
  15. Holidays in the Sun (Chris Thomas Outtake – 4/22/1977)
  16. EMI (Chris Thomas Outtake – 4/22/1977)
  17. Seventeen (Chris Thomas Outtake – 5/16/1977)
  18. Holidays in the Sun (Chris Thomas Outtake – 6/11/1977)
  19. Bodies (Chris Thomas Outtake – 6/11/1977)
  20. Submission (Chris Thomas Outtake – 8/12/1977)
  21. Belsen Was a Gas (Original Demo)

Disc 2, Tracks 5-10 released on Virgin double-disc reissue 72438 41937 2 0 (U.K.), 1996.
Disc 2, either Track 14 or 20 was released on Sex Pistols box set (Virgin 72438 12567 2 5 (U.K.), 2002)

Disc 3: 1977 Live

  1. Anarchy in the U.K.
  2. I Wanna Be Me
  3. Seventeen
  4. New York
  5. EMI
  6. No Fun
  7. No Feelings
  8. Problems
  9. God Save the Queen
  10. Anarchy in the U.K.
  11. I Wanna Be Me
  12. Seventeen
  13. New York
  14. EMI
  15. Submission
  16. No Feelings
  17. Problems
  18. God Save the Queen
  19. Pretty Vacant
  20. No Fun

Tracks 1-9 recorded live at the Ssamfundet Club, Trondheim, Norway – 7/21/1977. Tracks 10-20 recorded live at the Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden – 7/28/1977.

Disc 4: DVD

  1. Pretty Vacant (Live on The River Thames, London – 6/7/1977)
  2. Anarchy in the U.K. (Live on The River Thames, London – 6/7/1977)
  3. Problems (Live on The River Thames, London – 6/7/1977)
  4. Anarchy in the U.K. (Live @ the Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden – 7/28/1977)
  5. I Wanna Be Me (Live @ the Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden – 7/28/1977)
  6. Seventeen (Live @ the Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden – 7/28/1977)
  7. New York (Live @ the Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden – 7/28/1977)
  8. Problems (Live @ the Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden – 7/28/1977)
  9. No Fun (Live @ the Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden – 7/28/1977)
  10. Problems (Live @ the Winter Gardens, Penzance, Cornwall – 9/1/1977)
  11. No Fun (Live @ the Winter Gardens, Penzance, Cornwall – 9/1/1977)
  12. Anarchy in the U.K. (Live @ the Winter Gardens, Penzance, Cornwall – 9/1/1977)
  13. God Save the Queen (promo video)
  14. Pretty Vacant (promo video)
  15. Holidays in the Sun (promo video)
  16. HeyDay Interviews: interviews by Judy and Fred Vermorel, August 1977 (audio released on Factory cassette FACT.30 (U.K.), 1980)
  17. John Tobias Interviews John and Sid on BBC Rock On – 12/12/1977 (previously unheard uncensored version)

Vinyl single: God Save the Queen b/w No Feeling (replica of A&M Records single AMS 7284 (U.K.), 1977)

Written by Mike Duquette

July 25, 2012 at 12:19

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  1. Do we know yet if the double disc version is simply the first two CDs? Also, is “God Save the Queen” a different mix or alternate take on the single. or the same as the album version?
    Thanks as always for all the info on this site!

    Jason Michael

    July 25, 2012 at 15:21

    • GSTQ is the same as the album version. The b side No Feelings is an earlier demo version but it’s on both the Sexbox and This Is Crap. (from memory)

      Mylene

      July 25, 2012 at 19:23

      • Thanks.

        Jason Michael

        July 25, 2012 at 19:54

  2. Too bad they didn’t include the two re-recordings that were done for the Guitar Hero games.

    John Phillips

    July 25, 2012 at 23:53

    • Although they MAY have recorded these because they couldn’t find the masters, it’s more likely they did re-records so they could license them to film, TV, etc without having a record company in the middle taking a cut, or even worse, leaving money on the table b/c the offers weren’t high enough. This is exactly what Def Leppard are doing now. KISS ELO & Cheap Trick (and no doubt many more) have already done it. Including those tracks here would not only be a bit out of context, but may have jeopardized the band’s full control of the tracks, which would defeat the purpose (if indeed my logic is correct).

      Jroug

      July 26, 2012 at 01:50

      • Didn’t think of that.

        John Phillips

        July 26, 2012 at 09:16

  3. Interesting that Amazon has a 2012 single disc edition of the album listed as in stock right now – is this the remaster of the standalone album?

    And is Uni in the USA releasing this or are the rights still with Warners?

    Jroug

    July 26, 2012 at 01:46

  4. Oh dear, more expense! But this does seem very good indeed. Definitely a must have…

    Simon Franklin

    July 26, 2012 at 01:53

  5. “It was easy to speculate why: reportedly, the master tapes were nowhere to be found at least through 2007, prompting the band to reunite in-studio to re-record “Anarchy in the U.K.” and “Pretty Vacant” for use in a Guitar Hero video game.”

    This isn’t even remotely true; the band did it for the money, figuring that with a video game the authenticity of the original versions didn’t matter much, and this way they’d keep 100% of the proceeds, as opposed to 12%. Can’t blame ’em.

    “the box featuring not only the Spunk tracks newly remastered from the original tapes”

    In reality, just a few of them, not even close to the majority.

    John

    July 27, 2012 at 21:56

  6. What about the studio version of I Wanna Be Me?

    Bill

    July 27, 2012 at 23:37

    • Hi Bill, this box-set focuses on 1977, I wanna Be Me being the original b-side of the first single Anarchy in the UK released in 1976 it does not appear on this box, but is already available on sexbox1 for exemple.

      Herve

      July 31, 2012 at 00:37


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