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Greatest Albums Of The 70s: 9-6

From The Sex Pistols to Pink Floyd, see what's made our top ten 70s albums (the connoisseur's choice)...

Our Greatest Albums Of The 70s, numbers 9 to 6.

9) SPUNK Sex Pistols (Blank, 1977)

Never Mind The Bollocks was a massively reworked and refined Chris Thomas-produced caricature of the Pistols’ sound. Steve Jones’s brutal guitar riffs were stripped to their essence, multi-tracked into an impenetrable wall of sound and, with the sole exception of Bodies (iconic non-savant idiot Sid Vicious’s only appearance on Bollocks), further bolstered by Jones’s own emphatically primitive root-note bass runs.

Spunk, meanwhile, caught the band at their free-range, organic best. Recorded with Dave Goodman over the course of three sessions between July ’76 and January ’77, it captured the Sex Pistols as they sounded on the nights that they inspired The Clash, Damned, Banshees et al into existence: simple, uncontrived, doldrums-driven aggression with its intrinsic melodic sensibilities underlined by the fluid harmonic bass runs of Glen Matlock, the man who put them there in the first place. Released a month before Bollocks, most probably by manager Malcolm McLaren himself (who not only preferred the sound of these sessions, but also – as ever – ‘needed’ the cash), Spunk may not have boasted the pendulous, epoch-defining cojones of Bollocks, but it provided a superior showcase for the pure power-pop genius of the Pistols’ compositions.

What they said at the time: “An album no self-respecting rock fan would turn his nose up at. I’ve been playing it constantly for a week and I’m not bored yet.” Sounds


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