SAME OLD BOLLOCKS
4 CD Box Set
Same Old Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
(Coda Records CPLCD301)
4 x CD Set
Disc 1: Monumental, Santiago, Chile 7th December 1996
Disc 2: Zenith, Paris,
France 4th July 1996
Disc 3: Curva Stadio,
Rome, Italy 10th July 1996
Disc 4: Nippon Budokan,
Tokyo, Japan 4th November 1996
times have seen an explosion in unofficial releases of live
broadcasts from artists right across the spectrum. A look at Coda
Records catalogue show they specialise in such releases, which usually
claim to be radio broadcasts. I can only assume there is some legal
loophole that allows broadcasts of a certain vintage to be put out in
such a fashion. Anyway, anyone reading this will be more interested in
the contents than the legalities, so let’s take a look.
The fold out wallet is actually quite smart and compact with all discs
designed to match. As for the discs themselves, there are four, each containing a
show from the Filthy Lucre Tour of 1996. All the shows in this
collection can also be found in one form or another on the ‘Best of the
Sex Pistols Tour 1996’ CD bootleg box set from a few years ago, although that was limited to 1000 copies.
Disc 1: Monumental,
Santiago, Chile 7th December 1996
This is sourced from the well circulated FM
radio broadcast. However - and this becomes a theme with this
collection - there is some minor editing between songs, so, for example,
we lose John’s shout of “Salute!” after God Save The Queen.
For whatever reason, there does appear to be an attempt to tighten up all the shows in this CD set by removing
delays between the songs. Totally unnecessary, although Virgin did much
the same with their Filthy Lucre Live album. Sound wise, it is superb - no complaints on that front.
Coda have also
put this out as a yellow vinyl LP, minus Seventeen and Liar.
Disc 2: Zenith,
Paris, France 4th July 1996
is no radio
broadcast to utilise, so that claim is incorrect.
There are two recordings in circulation for this show, one a
bootleg CD entitled Sir (run time 68 minutes), the other a slightly
longer 71 minute soundboard recording. Needless to say, this is shorter
than both of them and is taken from the Sir CD. It was too much to hope
that the soundboard tape had been used.
The bulk of the missing time is due to the editing of the crowd waiting
for the two encores. The shortening of the length of time between some
songs means chat such as John’s “you got rid of your monarchy centuries
ago” remains, while Steve’s “Hello how are ya?” is a casualty of the
Coda also have a silver vinyl offering in the pipeline.
Disc 3: Curva
Stadio, Rome, Italy 10th July 1996
The first question. Is this actually taken from an FM
broadcast? There was an FM broadcast of this show, but it was ruined by
a radio announcer talking briefly during each song, a practice usually
confined to South American broadcasts. The recording used by Coda is -
in my opinion - from the audience tape which is available in trading
circles. It’s a very, very good recording which could almost be passed
off as broadcast quality. Almost. In fact, the sound on this disc is
the best I’ve heard for this show. My conclusion as to the source of
the recording is based on the ‘fixing’ of a glitch during Satellite which
was present on the audience recording. It’s been skilfully done, but
proves beyond doubt its origin.
I’ve mentioned editing before, and this show suffers the most. The current
recording in circulation for this show comes in at over 50 minutes.
This runs to 37. The final two songs, EMI and Anarchy In The UK, are
missing which accounts for some of the time. What is instantly
noticeable is the absence of John admonishing the bottle throwing crowd
before the show starts.
As stated previously, there seems to be a desire to present these shows
as no-frills, no controversy gigs, with the focus purely on the music.
To be fair, if you didn’t know any better, all the discs work on this
level with the songs rattling along one after the other, bang, bang,
bang. For connoisseurs however, this excuse doesn’t
Coda have also put this out as a ‘snot green’ vinyl LP. Strangely, it
suits this format and is a throwback to the days of live
vinyl LPs when the aim was to squeeze as many tracks on each side as
Disc 4: Nippon
Budokan, Tokyo, Japan 4th November 1996 (allegedly)
Tokyo? Is it? The recording is the same as the A Cellarful Of Noise
bootleg CD, and that claims to be from 19th November ‘96 at Club Citta,
Kanagawa, Kawasaki. The 4th November Tokyo show was captured on the
Culture Days bootleg CD. There’s been a mix up.
This is not a broadcast recording but along with the other discs in this set, the sound is impressive.
Again, edits are rife. This 67 minute recording now clocks in at 52.
Audience interaction is stripped back to a minimum. This practice does
have its occasional merits, such as removing 9 minutes of the crowd
waiting for the encore and a couple of minutes of crowd noise after the
show, although this does mean John’s “would you like a banana” quip is
lost. John’s “make noise” speech before Pretty Vacant has also got the
chop along with security getting tough after God Save The Queen. Oh,
and Steve messing about before Bodies kicks off is no more.
Coda also have a vinyl offering in the pipeline.
is it worth getting? On balance, for the price it is - even if there’s
only a couple of the recordings that float your boat. The cost aside,
the excellent sound was a pleasant surprise, and if you are a casual
fan, rather than hardcore, there’s plenty to enjoy. However, if you
have the ‘Best of the Sex Pistols Tour 1996’ CD bootleg box set there
probably isn’t a lot of point.
Just be aware, this has not been sanctioned by the band, and any
foraging into unofficialdom is fraught with danger and potential
Oh, I almost forgot, the Sex Pistols perform magnificently throughout!
Review by Phil Singleton
Singleton / www.sex-pistols.net 2018
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