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LOOKING FOR A KISS IN KRISTINEHAM
LP Bootleg


Looking For A Kiss In Kristinehamn (TMQ/FAB Ruins & Ashford Remand Joint Release SE77/01 + ZAP 7701)
Live, Kristinehamn, Club Zebra, Sweden, 19th July 1977 + soundcheck + GSTQ / PV Trondheim, Norway, 21st July 1977

Side One: Anarchy In The UK / I Wanna Be Me / Seventeen / New York / EMI
Side Two: No Fun / No Feelings / Pretty Vacant / God Save The Queen
Side Three: Soundcheck - band only: Anarchy In The UK / Bodies (part) / Pretty Vacant / Liar / Problems / EMI / No Feelings
Side Four: Sonet Records Advert / Holidays In The Sun (soundcheck with John) / John Rotten Interview Vaxjo 23 July 77 / God Save The Queen (Trondheim 21 July 77) / Pretty Vacant (Trondheim 21 July 77)

Notes. Surfaced February 2024. Double album. 100 copies on blue vinyl, 100 on yellow, 100 pink and probably more to follow. Each has a wrap around cover insert to match the vinyl colour. [Green vinyl March 2024, and a 'final pressing' of 200 on red swirl vinyl in yellow cover April 2024].

Once in a while a bootleg emerges that demands attention. This is one.

Strangely the cover incorrectly states 15th July, although the correct date is given for the soundcheck.

For the first time ever a genuine recording of the Kristinehamn gig has come to light, recorded via the mixing desk. The LP comprises 9 songs from the gig plus the 8 captured at the soundcheck. The quality of the recording is fabulous as are the Pistols themselves. They deliver their set with a mixture of aggression and humour; listen carefully for Sid responding to a shout for Anarchy; "We've already played it you fucking idiot!"

GSTQ fades at the end although it sounds complete. However, the recording of the song cut out on the original tape and has been spliced with the ending from the song performed in Trondheim (included on Side Four).

The soundcheck itself is fascinating, as 8 songs are the musicians only and highlight the band in different ways, Paul starring on Liar, Steve on EMI, Sid is solid throughout doing some Anarchy bass lines unaccompanied.

The pick of the bunch however is when John joins in for Holidays: "That sounds really bad... bad, bad, bad. Sorry to be awkward!"

Side Four includes a neat interview with John recorded on 23 July in Vaxjo, but the real gems are God Save The Queen and Pretty Vacant recorded in Trondheim 21st July, which have never appeared in their entirety. GSTQ appeared on the recording of Trondheim that was originally part of the Kiss This box set, however it was truncated with the help of a car crash sound effect. Here it is complete along with Pretty Vacant, unheard until now.

EMI from Kristinehamn has also been included on the 2024 bootleg Anarchy In Sweden 7" EP.

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