|The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle|
|Produced by Matrixbest, Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Dave Goodman, Jamie Thraves, Micky Foote, Jean Davoust|
|Released on March 1979|
|US CHART POSITION #7|
|Find it at GEMM|
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M aybe you thought the Pistols were a one-shot band, but a lot of music slipped in after Bullocks: on singles, in shows, from other quarters. Swindle bundles it all together, doing collectors and fans a kindness. By the time of its release, the Pistols were already over; Lydon was gone, Sid was real gone. McLaren was only moneymaking with this album, but it’s all part of the swindle. For your money, you get an early Pistols recording (“I Wanna Be Me”), post-Lydon singles and everything in between. If it had something to do with the Pistols punk phenomenon, it’s on here. There are orchestral treatments of classic Pistols tunes (punk muzak), covers in various dishabille, even a disco medley of Pistols hits. Most interesting are the band’s attempts to soldier on after the loss of Lydon, with Cook, Jones and Sid Vicious taking turns at the mike without ill effect (Johnny didn’t set the bar too high). Where the Pistols end and the brand begins is blurred, as it should be. Ronnie Biggs takes lead vocals on a couple of tracks, but no one is pushing it as Pistols. Highlights (and, yes, Swindle has them) include a fiery cover of The Monkees’ “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone,” Sid’s spotlight as the anti-Elvis on “C’mon Everybody” and “Something Else,” and Johnny Rotten faking his way through “Johnny B. Goode.” Swindle is repulsive, attractive, intelligent, moronic and, most of all, audacious. The Pistols weren’t overrated; they were underexposed. This album settles the score some by assembling a second spectacle from the skits that followed the first.
|45083-2 gatefold sleeve||45083-2 back sleeve|
PAUL COOK -- drums, vocals
STEVE JONES -- guitar, vocals
JOHNNY ROTTEN -- vocals
SID VICIOUS -- bass, vocals
Ronnie Biggs -- vocals
Black Arabs -- performers (3)
Simon Jeffes -- arrangement (12)
Jerzimy -- vocals (8)
Glen Matlock --
Malcolm McLaren -- vocals
Ten Pole Tudor -- vocals
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||March 1979||Virgin||2LP||VD 2510||gatefold cover|
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