For fans, one of the highlights of the Sex Pistols’ upcoming super-deluxe Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols box set is the “lost” 1977 studio demo of “Belsen Was a Gas” with John Lydon’s vocals, the highly controversial Holocaust-themed song billed as the only “original Sex Pistols composition of the era thought not to be recorded.”
In advance of the Sept. 24 release of the 3CD/1DVD collection in the U.K. via Universal Music, you can now hear that demo for the first time via the clip embedded above.
The track, purportedly written by Sid Vicious before joining the band, was never fully recorded by the Pistols, but was released in two different versions on the posthumous Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle album, including a live version recorded at the band’s then-final show in San Francisco in 1978 and a studio version with altered lyrics sung by notorious train robber Ronnie Biggs.
The Bollocks box set also features a full remastering of Never Mind the Bollocks by Tim Young, under the direction of original producer Chris Thomas, using the once-lost original master tapes, plus Thomas’ unreleased demos as well as the six demos featured on the Pistols’ infamous Spunk bootleg, and a full CD of live material recorded in Norway and Sweden in 1977, most of which is previously unreleased (check out the set’s full tracklist).
Below, you can also check out a video tour of the box set’s book.
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- Sex Pistols’ ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’ box set to feature demos, live disc, ‘Spunk’ bootleg
- Sex Pistols’ ‘Never Mind the Bollocks’ to be reissued in 4CD ‘super deluxe’ box set
- Public Image Ltd. to tour North America later this year in support of ‘This Is PiL’
- Video: Jah Wobble and Keith Levene revisit PiL with ‘Metal Box in Dub’ in London
- Public Image Ltd. sets May 28 release for ‘This is PiL,’ unveils EP tracklisting
- Public Image Ltd. to reissue back catalog, John Lydon solo CD in UK next month
- Video + setlist: Public Image Ltd. reunites in Birmingham, 1st concert in 17 years