Originals online, classics rerecorded
Los Angeles, CA (October 16, 2007) – After being off the radar for decades, the Sex Pistols are suddenly everywhere. Fans of the irreverent Brits can get their punk fix with an upcoming reunion tour, appearances on late night TV, new and original recordings on iTunes and even a video game.
Starting today, their classic album, Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, is available on iTunes for the first time in the U.S. along with new recordings of “Anarchy in the U.K.,” and “Pretty Vacant.” This landmark event coincides with the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the 1977 release of Bullocks.
You can thank Tim Riley, a music executive at video game company Activision, for the new recordings. He convinced the band to return to the studio for the first time in 30 years to make new recordings for use in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Earlier versions of the popular virtual guitar video game utilized mostly covers of familiar songs but the new version includes original music picked straight from the multitrack master recordings (the masters to Bullocks were lost years ago). Original members John Lydon, aka "Johnny Rotten" (vocals), Steve Jones (guitar and bass) and Paul Cook (drums) teamed with original producer Chris Thomas at The Boat studio in Los Angeles for the new sessions. They even utilized the original analog sound desk (circa 1969) that was built for George Martin at Air Studios, London, England, in order to maintain their classic sound.
Guitar Hero III comes out October 28th. The Bullocks album and the singles “Anarchy In The UK,” “God Save The Queen,” “Pretty Vacant” and “Holidays In The Sun” will be re-issued on vinyl in the U.K.
The Sex Pistols will play a special private club show for fans Thursday, October 25th at The Roxy in Los Angeles. The lineup will include Lydon, Jones, Cook and original bassist Glen Matlock. This gig is the band’s first-ever club show in Los Angeles. Fans can try to win tickets to the show by visiting L.A. radio station 103.1’s website.
The band is scheduled to play the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday, October 30th and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Wednesday, October 31st.
For more information:
Sex Pistols website