Each and every Sunday night when the clock hits eight, The Strombo Show celebrates the spirit of radio over on CBC Radio 2. It's music for music lovers by music lovers. To kick off the program, we always tip our hats to the legends, the noisemakers and the ground-breakers in a segment that we like to call: Nod to the Gods.
This week, we're spinning the Sex Pistols' 'Anarchy in the UK' b-side, 'I Wanna Be Me'.
Today in 1979, 'The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle' soundtrack to the Julien Temple film was released. Unfortunately, the Pistols were defunct by the time the project was being prepared, and Johnny Rotten refused to be a part of it.
So in order to pull it all together, proper tracks were assembled using Lydon's vocals from an October 1976 demo session and re-recording the instrumental tracks with Paul Cook and Steve Jones. This led to a handful of tracks on this double album that were written and recorded after the breakup, including Sid Vicious' cover of Frank Sinatra's reflective 'My Way'. Vicious had overdosed a few weeks prior in New York, after a small gathering to commemorate his release from jail.
The mockumentary film told the story of the band's formation, rise and subsequent split from the perspective of their manager, Malcolm McLaren. The footage was filmed in early 1978, in between John Lydon's departure and the breakup, and released two years later. As a response to McLaren's argument that he was the creative force behind the band, Julien Temple retold the story from the perspective of the band in the 2000 doc 'The Filth and the Fury'.
'The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle' is widely remembered for being shown at the wake of Joy Divison's frontman, Ian Curtis. Following his passing, the remaining members of Joy Division - Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris - went on to form one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s, New Order. Like the
Pistols, Curtis himself was immortalized on film by Sean Harris in '24 Hour Party People' and by Sam Riley in the Anton Corbijn biographical picture, 'Control'.
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