Sex Pistols - The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle (1979)

Originally released in 1979 as the soundtrack to a documentary that marked the rocket rise and flaming crash of the Sex Pistols, THE GREAT ROCK & ROLL SWINDLE was really Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren's cinematic (and vinyl) potshot at the music industry he despised. Engaged in vicious legal battles with Johnny Rotten, Warner Brothers Records and Virgin Records, McLaren fought back in the only way he knew how - by raising hell and documenting the whole bloody mess.

By the time THE GREAT ROCK & ROLL SWINDLE was released, the punk-era soap opera had ended: Sid Vicious was dead and Rotten had formed Public Image Limited. Probably best known for Vicious' tortured deconstruction of "My Way," the 21-track compilation features seven tracks by the Pistols - even though Rotten only appears in the film via archival footage - as well as songs by Tenpole Tudor, Ronnie Biggs and others. Curiosities abound, including a French version of "Anarchy in the U.K," drunken rugby songs, and the fey, McLaren-crooned "You Need Hands." Both ragged and riveting, THE GREAT ROCK & ROLL SWINDLE is a fascinating, screaming document of the tattered remains of one of the most explosive moments in rock history.

1 God Save The Queen (Symphony)
2 Rock Around The Clock
3 Johnny B. Goode
4 Road Runner
5 Black Arabs
6 Anarchy In The U.K.
7 Watcha Gonna Do About It
8 Who Killed Bambi?
9 Silly Thing
10 Substitute
11 Don't Give Me No Lip Child
12 I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
13 Lonely Boy
14 Somethin' Else
15 Anarchie Pour Le U.K.
16 Einmal War Belsen Bortrefflich
17 Einmal War Belsen Wirflich Bortrefflich
18 No One Is Innocent
19 My Way
20 C'Mon Everybody
21 E.M.I. (Orchestral)
22 The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle
23 You Need Hands
24 Friggin' In The Riggin

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The Sex Pistols - The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle (1979)