It would be true to say that the album contained no songs recorded by the Sex Pistols, not bad for a soundtrack album from a film about the bloody band
The original double album, like the film, was made in 79 and Rotten had already left the band. MM found some old recordings of practice tracks from previous recording sessions , took Rotten’s voice from these and dubbed over Cook, Jones and Matlock, thus fooling people into think the Pistols had recoded new material. The rest of the album consisted of solo efforts by Cook, Jones and Vicious (bar one his only studio work), 3 tracks by Tenpole and a bizarre offering by a French Disco outfit.
The following year when the film was released, Virgin then released a single record variant with all the Rotten vocal tracks redacted, the one in the photo above. A number of the early copies of this variant contained the film poster.
I like the film and the soundtrack and if you think of it as an OST rather than a Pistol’s album it makes sense, kind of
If you had a one sided single and poster with a copy of NMTB you’d be topping up your watch fund. As for this album, don’t think I’ve seen an Uber expensive varient (test pressing excepted). I suspect the record shop was happy to swap a single out for a poster if there was one with the record, probably make a couple of quid selling the poster separately.
We all did mate. It was bordering on a bloody belief-system, and the camaraderie was beyond anything else I ever experienced.
Now I look at sad, knackered, fat old cunts like myself watching even more knackered fat old cunts playing the tired old anthems at gigs and sounding like Vic Reeves’ “club singer” character, all wearing their £40 T-shirts, and it gives me The Big Sad…
Turned-out there was some future after-all, even if it was a fucking Thatcherite materialist’s wet dream…
Not a hardline punk by any stretch of the imagination but even when I started buying records in ‘81’ 82 ish I used to see TGRn’RS album in the shops and even I thought it was cynical trash with pretty much little merit, and a total false representation entirely aimed at extracting money from the unwitting.
I was far too busy spending my paper round money on Human League et al and imported hip hop 12"s…
Saw the film a couple of years later and it appealed to my 14/15 year old teenage mind though! Still don’t have a copy of the album to this date.