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Jubilee - Sex Pistols

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Classic Punk / Artist: Sex Pistols / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 2002-06-03 at Virgin

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      21.11.2010 21:00
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      The Ugliest Boy Band Ever

      This is billed as a best of album with all of their greatest hits, seeing as the Sex Pistols were a band who didn't produce many hits and didn't run past their shelf life, that's not much of a claim. This 14 track album is very much a chance for everyone involved to make a bit of cash off the name of the band. It does feature their most famous songs, but as well as this there are a few songs which have little to do with the band.

      The album lives up to its title entirely as there are only 4 songs on here I actually listen to, the rest is tat. The 4 would be pretty clear to music lovers (Well I know some wouldn't consider punk as music but it is). God Save the Queen is awesome, it still has a flair and real bite to it, the music is raw and the blaring guitars and snarling Johnny Rotten make for something spectacular. This is followed by Anarchy in the UK another punk classic, filled with raucous behaviour and racy comment, its tuneful, spirited and totally destroyed by John Lydon now advertising butter, but nonetheless our ideals change as we do through life I guess.

      Pretty Vacant is a perfect slab of pop mashed up as punk, tuneful, elegantly wasted and fun. Other than this the only song worth tuppence is Sid Vicious anti-music version of My Way, its funny, it works perfectly and still sounds great now and sums up the dude really, irreverent (Some would say irrelevant), laconic and tuneless, but nonetheless a broken icon of a lost age.

      Tracks


      1. God Save The Queen
      2. Anarchy In The UK
      3. Pretty Vacant
      4. Holidays In The Sun
      5. No One Is Innocent
      6. My Way
      7. Something Else
      8. Friggin' In The Riggin'
      9. Silly Thing
      10. C'mon Everybody
      11. The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle
      12. (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone
      13. Pretty Vacant
      14. EMI (Unlimited Edition

      The Album costs £4.99 on Amazon, really you can download the 4 decent songs for much less and save yourself the bother, the rest sum up what a manufactured element the Sex Pistols and Malcolm MacClaren as their manager were, the Emperors new clothes some would say, the ugliest boy band ever for others, nonetheless there are 4 classics and 10 pretty bland efforts on here. Only for dedicated fans.

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      10.08.2008 14:42
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      A Sex Pistols compilation.

      The Sex Pistols need no introduction. The foul mouthed four piece were the face of punk in 1977 and encapsulated all of the angst and hatred against the dull and egoistic face of UK progressive rock.

      Their debut album 'Never mind the bollocks' was their defining moment and was never matched with any of their future material. The departure from the band of John lydon (nee Rotten) was the nail in the coffin for the band.

      Jubilee is another Sex Pistols compilation of their 'Greatest Hits' which in itself could be seen as another commercial sell-out. The album was released in 2002 to co-incide with the Queens Golden Jubilee (hence the title). Their other greatest hits album 'Flogging a dead horse' has a similar track list, so was there are any real need for this release except for the kerching of the cash registers?

      The first album on its own had all of their most important and notorious songs so there is no suprise to find that almost half of the tracks are taken from this album with the rest coming from live performances and the 'Great Rock 'n' roll swindle'.

      The tracks at the time were construed menacing and threatening whereas nowadays, with their almost standardised glam rock production, they sound quite tame and radio friendly; which is ironic considering the amount of times they had been banned from the radio in the late seventies.

      The tracks are -


      1. God Save The Queen
      2. Anarchy In The UK
      3. Pretty Vacant
      4. Holidays In The Sun
      5. No One Is Innocent
      6. My Way
      7. Something Else
      8. Friggin' In The Riggin'
      9. Silly Thing
      10. C'Mon Everybody
      11. The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle
      12. (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone
      13. Pretty Vacant (Live)
      14. EMI (Unlimited Edition)

      Plus videos of 'God save the queen', 'Anarchy in the UK' and 'Pretty Vacant'.

      The songs on the album vary due to the different vocalists throughout.

      In this contrast of vocalists we hear train robber Ronnie Biggs grunting out a lyrical track on 'No one is innocent'. Sid Vicious and his comical take on Sinatra's hit My Way and two rockier covers of 'Something else' and 'C'mon Everybody'.

      Even guitarist 'Steve Jones' is let loose to sing the sea shanty innuendo of 'Friggin in the riggin' and front the far more poppier 'Silly thing', which sounds more like a song by his later band The Professionals.

      And of course there is the original vocals of Johnny Rotten on the anthemic punk songs of 'Pretty Vacant', 'Holidays in the sun', 'EMI' and Anarchy in the UK (all of which are on the Bollocks LP).

      So is it worth buying? Personally I would say no, as I'm a Pistols purist and feel that the band were finished when Lydon set sail to form Public Image Limited . By purchasing this CD instead of 'Never Mind The Bollocks' you will also miss out on classics such as 'Bodies'.

      Admittedly some of the Sid songs are great fun and pop punk classics, though the band at this stage were more of a marketing ploy than anything else. The three video tracks are a welcomed addition too. That said, there is a lot of filler on the 'Swindle' LP so this CD might be ideal for the casual fan who doesnt want to invest in the entire back catalogue.

      The album was available from www.amazon.co.uk for £4.98 at the date of writing (8th August 2008).


      Copyright M Jones (Otalgia) 2008.

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    • Product Details

      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 God Save The Queen
      2 Anarchy In The UK
      3 Pretty Vacant
      4 Holidays In The Sun
      5 No One Is Innocent
      6 My Way
      7 Something Else
      8 Friggin' In The Riggin'
      9 Silly Thing
      10 C'mon Everybody
      11 Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle
      12 I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone
      13 Pretty Vacant
      14 EMI
      15 God Save The Queen
      16 Anarchy In The UK
      17 Pretty Vacant