Punk Rockers, Los – Los Exitos De Sex Pistols – Used LP
NM/NM (only played once)
Reissue of 1978 LP. Awful covers of the Pistols, poor production, and I don't think they spoke English so singing is really hard to understand, and they just don't seem to care so it sounds like some awkward demo except maybe vocal tracks were patched in after the instrumental tracks were recorded, probably not but something seems odd and wrong about the entire recording. All I know are 3 things: 1) this album sounds like crap; 2) I love the sounds of the Pistols, and this does not sound like the Pistols; 3) this album is so fucking great. I love this shit so much. I mean, it's just great. Crank it and drive your mom crazee. -- winch (green noise)
"Cover version LPs – low cost greatest hits ‘tribute’ recordings by soundalikes of Abba and so on, sold in Woolworth and similar chain stores for a fraction of the price of an authentic recording – were surprisingly popular in the 1970s. In 1978, the most extraordinary of them all appeared in Spain, where ‘Los Punk Rockers’ came up with an alternative version of Never Mind the Bollocks – a record that was presumably hard to find and expensive to buy in the post-Franco Spain of the time. Los Exitos De Sex Pistols (The Best of The Sex Pistols) is possibly the greatest cover record of all time. While most covers LPs tried to stick as closely as possible to the original recordings, Los Punk Rockers were rather less restrained. The music is a weird fuzztone approximation of punk, as fed through the musical sounds of the decade and with basic production levels. The lyrics were presumably translated by ear, and only vaguely approximate the originals, often being entirely incoherent to both English and Spanish listeners. If I didn’t know better, I’d assume that this was some sort of avant-garde art project – but by all accounts, it was released as a straight-ahead covers LP on the Dial Discos label’s Nevada series. However, there’s certainly the possibility that the performers behind the ‘Los Punk Rockers’ name were taking the piss – it’s rumoured that they were Spanish prog rock band Asfalto, and if that’s true, they might well have felt the back-to-basics sound of the Pistols was beneath them. But oddly, while they sound nothing like the Pistols, they do have a curious, unexpected and accidental affinity for the stripped-back, under produced, indie punk sound that emerged. For all the punk back-to-basics attitude, Never Mind the Bollocks is a well-produced, thunderous, heavy album. This is none of those things. Oh, and the sleeve – a random attempt to make a woman (surely not a professional model) look ‘punk’ while presumably only having limited access to what punks actually looked like. And so, paradoxically, she appears much more authentically punk than the mohawked clichés who followed in the UK. Whatever the truth, Los Exitos de Sex Pistols is mind-bogglingly brilliant, and in its own way, very punk – chaotic, shambolic, ludicrous and anarchic." -- The Reprobate
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