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Technically, these releases should be classed as counterfeit (or pirate) records, not bootlegs.

Thailand EPs

God Save The Queen (EXP. 0330)

Side 2 label

Notes: The original God Save The Queen Thai EP had a serrated crown, unlike the counterfeit.
Side One: Tokyo Joe (Bryan Ferry) / Lido Shuffle (Boz Scaggs)
Side Two: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Ramones) / God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols)

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Pretty Vacant (EXP. 0342)

Side 1 label

Notes: The original Pretty Vacant Thai EP had a serrated crown, unlike the counterfeit.
Side One: Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols) / All Around The World (The Jam)
Side Two: This Perfect Day (The Saints) / I Knew The Bride (Dave Edmunds)

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Holidays In The Sun (SP1011)

Side 2 label

Notes: The original Holidays In The Sun Thai EP has a small center hole, unlike the Swedish counterfeit which has a larger one.
Side One: Rockin' All Over The World (Status Quo) / Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Santa Esmeralda & Leroy Gomez)
Side Two: Holidays In The Sun (Sex Pistols) / Boogie On Up (Rokotto)

General notes: We believe these sought after EPs were originally issued in Thailand during 1978, although some collectors say 1977. Each EP features four different artists.

The counterfeit pressings originate from Sweden and surfaced in March 2005.

Update. In September 2006, all three EPs appeared for sale in blue, green, red, and yellow vinyl.

Background to Thailand vinyl releases.
The covers of nearly all existing original Thai EPs are in poor condition. The reason is simple; local weather conditions with high levels of moisture. It’s easier to find records from the 1960s in good condition in South Asia than those issued in the 70's and 80's, because 60's sleeves/covers were made with a harder & varnished cutboard. The 70's & 80's covers were nearly all cheaper.

Asian countries sold counterfeit or pirate records for two reasons.
1. Foreign record companies could not stock their own products on site due to the weather damage.
2. As well as the hard weather, foreign record companies did not want to deal with local Thai companies. It was purely a question of business, there was not enough money to be made. A full time job is paid £10 per month in 2006, but 20 to 30 years ago it was 10 times less. In the 70’s & 80’s no one in Thailand could afford to buy an official Sex Pistols single, retailing around £1. However, Thai record manufacturers could provide low price counterfeit records for local fans. The EP format was a good way to provide cheap compilations with 4 different artists each time.


Please note: This feature is NOT definitive, and has been compiled from information submitted to God Save The Sex Pistols by collectors. Errors and omissions that may have occurred will make it obvious if an attempt is made to copy the above piece of work, including publishing (or part publishing) elsewhere and claiming authorship. You have been warned.

Compiled by Phil Singleton and Géant-Vert.
Images provided by Géant-Vert and Gus Nicholson.

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