Posted by Frank Minishak at 3: View past installments , then post suggestions for future picks in the comments! Our casual Sex Pistols stroll down memory lane concludes today with a look at the covers they performed themselves. However, like most new bands with limited original material, covers were part of their live sets from the start. Lydon wanted nothing to do with the project in order to distance himself from the band.
Thus, only nine of the twenty-five tracks from the reissue feature the Never Mind the Bollocks line-up. John Simon Ritchie contributed passable vocals on three tracks — all of which were covers. The album went gold in the U. Unless otherwise noted, all songs below appeared on the soundtrack album. Sex Pistols — My Way Paul Anka cover Arguably the most infamous of all Sex Pistols covers, the mock pop standard performance with orchestra turns into total punk rock chaos after the first verse.
As vocalist Vicious pays no mind to the actual lyrics written by Paul Anka and made famous by Frank Sinatra, the song accelerates in speed with each successive verse. In the film version shown above , Vicious ends the performance when he disturbingly pulls a handgun from his coat and opens fire on audience members. The track was subsequently used in several films, most famously in the closing credits of GoodFellas. It reached 21 on the U. It reached 3 in the U. The bizarre track is loaded with random high-pitched whistles and screams.
Rotten offers up his patented off-key screams throughout while Jones contributes a solid and compact lead guitar break two minutes in. Sex Pistols — Johnny B. Rotten struggles mightily with the lyrics while the rhythm section of Jones and Cook power through undaunted.
The interplay here is priceless. Small Faces cover The band mucks around here and truncates the Small Faces original to a sub-two minute studio version. Rotten is in primal, screaming form. The track is raw and includes early band mate Glen Matlock in the rhythm section with Jones and Cook.
The boys stretch out the original Iggy Pop and The Stooges version by nearly two minutes. Steve Jones handled the vocals.