Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Mojo Presents: The Roots Of The Sex Pistols (Various Artists)
1. THE MODERN LOVERS - ROADRUNNER
Jonathan Richman's Boston oddballs scored a hit in '77 with this driving, post-Velvets punk classic.
From the album 'The Modern Lovers'
2. PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS - I'M NOT YOUR STEPPIN' STONE
Although a hit for The Monkees, this was originally recorded by Portland-based Paul Revere & The Raiders - the first rock act to sign to Columbia.
3. COUNT FIVE - PSYCHOTIC REACTION
This snarling piece of post-Yardbirds psychedelic dementia is one of the defining slices of American punk.
From the album 'Psychotic Revelation - The Ultimate'
4. JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS - BORN TO LOSE
The Heartbreakers were booked on the ill-fated Anarchy tour in November 1976 with the Pistols, Clash and Damned.
Taken from the album 'L.A.M.F. - The Lost '77 mixes'
5. THE RUNAWAYS - CHERRY BOMB
While McLaren was 'assembling' the Pistols, Kim Fowley was doing likewise with all-girl teen combo The Runaways in California.
From the album 'The Best Of..'
6. DAVE BERRY - DON'T GIVE ME NO LIP CHILD
A stomping slice of 1964 Brit-beat, this curled-lip classic was B-side to Berry's Cryin' Game single which hit the UK top 5.
7. EDDIE COCHRAN - SWEETIE PIE
Sid Vicious' cover of Cochran's 1959 hit Something Else emerged in the wake of renewed violence between teds and punks. Clearly a cover of Sweetie Pie would have been a pacifier.
From '12 Of His Biggest Hits/Never To Be Forgotten'
8. MC5 - SHAKIN' STREET
Could punk have existed without MC5? Possibly. Would it have been as loud, chaotic and incendiary? Definitely not.
From the album 'MC5 Are You Ready To Testify? The Live Bootleg Anthology'
9. SEX PISTOLS - SEVENTEEN
A track that doesn't so much reveal the roots of the Sex Pistols as sow the seeds of the Sid myth that grew from their demise.
Available on 'Live At Winterland San Fransisco 14.01.78'
10. NEW YORK DOLLS - CHATTERBOX
"One of the first bands to influence me and Steve was the New York Dolls" drummer Paul Cook told author Judy Vermorel in 1977.
Available on 'Rock 'N' Roll'
11. MOTT THE HOOPLE - CRASH STREET KIDS
For the future Sex Pistols - and Steve Jones in particular - Mott The Hoople proved guitar-led rama-lama was alive and well in 70s UK.
Taken from the album 'MOJO PRESENTS... Mott The Hoople'
12. PETER HAMMILL - NADIR'S BIG CHANCE
You'll swear you can hear echoes of Pretty Vacant's vocal phrasing and melody.
Taken from the album 'Nadir's Big Chance'
13. JERRY NOLAN - TAKE A CHANCE
Sid Vicious became close to ex-New York Dolls drummer Nolan, the pair gigging at the likes of Max's Kansas City in New York after the Pistols' split.
Taken from the album 'Manhatten Mayhem'
14. CAN - HALLELUWAH
Over 30 years after its release, Halleluwah remains a hypnotic slice of pre-punk and clearly an inspiration for everyone from Rotton to Primal Scream.
Taken from the album 'Tago Mago'
15. DR. ALIMANTADO - BORN FOR A PURPOSE / REASON FOR LIVING
In 1978 Johnny Rotten was attacked in Sloane Square for looking 'too weird'. Arriving home he played this double-headed tale of personal realisation and positivity.
From the album 'Born For A Purpose / Sons Of Thunder'