Sid Vicious & The Sex Pistols: Unusual Role Models.
The Sex Pistols Live.
As mentioned in Bombed Out!, inspired by Punk bands, I bought my first bass guitar using money saved from a paper round, when I was 16, in late 1978.
It was rubbish; it cost twenty quid, and I bought it from Cooks Stores, a second hand shop in Mount Pleasant, Waterloo, Liverpool, along with a practice amp for a fiver. I’ve still got the amp, but unfortunately I think I binned the guitar a few years ago, which I’m kicking myself about now.
Once the guitar and amp were sorted, I then bought a “How to play the bass” chord book from Frank Hessy’s music shop in Liverpool City Centre, and I was all set.
The only way I could really learn to play the bass was by listening to Punk records and playing along with them, and working out what notes I was playing by referring to the book. Of course the best ones to play along to had powerful but simple bass lines, and that’s why I came to rely on the Sex Pistols’ tracks to inspire me to learn to play.
It goes without saying that my early endeavours were appreciated by no-one in our house, or in the neigbouring houses on our estate, except a mate, Ged Allen, with whom I set up a Punk band called Plastic Orgasm.
Plastic Orgasm consisted of just the two of us, him on guitar, me on bass, and no drums. Luckily we were destined to play only one gig, when we gatecrashed a Christmas Party at our old school, St Mary’s in Crosby, Liverpool.
Strangely, after that gig, it was straight into one of Liverpool’s biggest bands at the time, Pink Military Stand Alone for me, and into another Liverpool New Wave band called Modern Eon for Ged, so these Sex Pistols records obviously worked their musical magic.
In no order, here are five of my favourite jam-along tracks from the Sex Pistols, from those early days of learning to play the bass.
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Still one of my favourite Pistols tracks – NEW YORK
As is this – SUBMISSION.
ANARCHY IN THE UK
SATELLITE – the B Side to Holidays in the Sun
DID YOU NO WRONG (B Side of God Save The Queen) – this song has a higher quality production than other Pistols songs at that time.