The Great Rock And Roll Swindle

The Great Rock And Roll Swindle soundtrack album of the film of the same name by Julien Temple. Following the end of the US tour the Pistols had gone their seperate ways. Lydon left the group entirely and refused to participate. The tracks featuring Johnny’s vocals were taken from earlier demo versions with the backing tracks re-recorded by Paul and Steve. The remaining tracks, original songs and covers, on the album were written and recorded in 1978 and feature a number of guest singers, including Sid Vicious, Ronnie Biggs, and Malcolm McLaren amongst others.

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Album Facts

Release Date: 26 February 1979 (Double Album version) / 6 June 1980 (Single Album version)

Recorded: 1976-1978

Duration: 78:39 (Double Album version)

Label: Virgin

Original

Catalogue Number: VD2510 / V2168

UK Chart Peak: 7

Producer(s): Dave Goodman, Steve Jones, Paul Cook

Country: UK

Track Listing – Double

Tracklist – Double Album Version

TRACKWRITERSVOCALS
God Save The Queen (Orchestral)Cook, Jones, Lydon, MatlockMalcolm McLaren4:00
Rock Around The Clock
Max C. Freedman, James E. Myers
Edward Tudor-Pole2:00
Johnny B GoodeChuck BerryJohnny Rotten6:20
Road RunnerJonathan RichmanJohnny Rotten
Black ArabsRotten, Jones, Matlock, Cook, BiggsThe Black Arabs4:45
Anarchy In The UKCook, Jones, Lydon, MatlockJohnny Rotten4:00
Watcha Gonna Do About ItIan Samwell, Steve MarriottRonnie LaneJohnny Rotten1:55
Who Killed Bambi?Edward Tudor-Pole, Vivienne WestwoodEdward Tudor-Pole3:07
Silly ThingJones, CookPaul Cook3:05
SubstitutePete TownshendJohnny Rotten3:05
Don’t Give Me No Lip ChildBarry Richards, Jean Thomas, Don ThomasJohnny Rotten3:30
(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone
Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart
Johnny Rotten3:05
Lonely BoyJones, Cook
Johnny Rotten
3:05
Something Else
Eddie Cochran, Sharon Sheeley
Rock Around The Clock2:10
L’Anarchie Pour Le U.K.Rock Around The ClockSid Vicious3:26
Einmal Belsen War Vortrefflich (Live)Rotten, Jones, Matlock, CookJohnny Rotten2:10
Einmal Belsen War Wirklich VortrefflichRotten, Jones, Matlock, CookRonnie Biggs2:10
No One Is InnocentJones, Cook, BiggsRonnie Biggs3:00
My Way
Paul Anka, Claude François, Jacques Revaux
Sid Vicious4:05
C’mon Everybody
Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart
Sid Vicious2:10
E.M.I. (Orch)Rotten, Jones, Matlock, CookSteve Jones3:45
The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll SwindleJones, Cook, Julien TempleRock Around The Clock4:30
You Need Hands
Max Bygraves
Malcolm McLaren2:50
Friggin’ In The Riggin’Traditional (arr. Jones)Steve Jones3:40
Credits

Performers:

  • See Track Listings – lead vocals
  • Steve Jones – guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Cook – drums

  • Dave Goodman – production
  • Jamie Reid, Trevor Key – Artwork

Album Info

The album has been released in different variations featuring different track listings. There have been two main versions, which were featured on double-album vinyl and CD. The biggest differences between the track lists is that the songs are re-arranged and version A features “I Wanna Be Me” and the Dave Goodman produced version of “Anarchy in the UK” while version B features “Watcha Gonna Do About It” and the Chris Thomas produced version of “Anarchy in the UK”. Version A was the most common track list until 1992, afterwards version B is the most common. A 2012 reissue by Universal incorporates both track lists, as it features the Version A track list with “Watcha Gonna Do About It” added on to the end.

Additionally, a single-album version was released in May 1980 to tie in with the release of the film, and featured a different cover and a pared-down track list, which excluded all of Johnny Rotten’s tracks. Early releases came with a copy of the original movie poster.

Track Listing – Singl

Tracklist – Single Album Version

TRACKWRITERSVOCALS
God Save The Queen (Orchestral)Cook, Jones, Lydon, MatlockMalcolm McLaren4:00
The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll SwindleJones, Cook, Julien TempleEdward Tudor-Pole, Steve Jones, Paul Cook & others4:30
You Need HandsMax BygravesMalcom McLaren2:50
Silly ThingCook, JonesPaul Cook3:05
Lonely BoyCook, JonesJohnny Rotten3:05
Something ElseEddie Cochran, Sharon SheeleySid Vicious2:10
Rock Around The Clock
Max C. Freedman, James E. Myers
Edward Tudor-Pole2:04
C’mon EverybodyEddie Cochran, Jerry CapehartSid Vicious2:10
Who Killed Bambi?Edward Tudor-Pole, Vivienne WestwoodEdward Tudor-Pole3:07
No-one Is Innocent Jones, CookPaul Cook3:05
L’Anarchie Pour Le U.K.Rock Around The ClockSid Vicious3:26
My Way
Paul Anka, Claude François, Jacques Revaux
Sid Vicious4:05

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