The Filth And The Fury (Virgin) CD to review? Love to. Sex Pistols? Even better. First track? God Save The Queen. Magnificent! So I'm lounging on my bed reminiscing about the torn T-shirts and safety pins I never had the guts to wear in 1977 when suddenly my idyll is shattered. 'Well we sang shang-a-lang and we ran with the gang, doin' do-wop a-doey do-ay.' What? Surely some mistake? Having not seen Julien Temple's documentary about the dizzying rise and swift fall of the Sex Pistols, we can only assume the Bay City Rollers are on the soundtrack to demonstrate the sort of manufactured pop the Pistols were set up to blow away.
What this double CD contains is all but one track from the band's incomparable Never Mind The B******s, Here's The Sex Pistols LP, a couple of post-Rotten hatchet jobs from manager Malcolm McClaren's Sex Pistols biopic and a sprinkling of mid-70s pop tunes that range from the awful (the Rollers) to the classic (Roxy Music's Virginia Plain). So nothing new here bar confirmation that the film will be worth seeing/owning and that the adrenaline rush-inducing opening chords of Anarchy In The UK remain one of the seminal moments in popular music history.