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The following Worldwide Video Archives includes footage from as early as 1976 to 2016 of both Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd as well as Johnny and Steve as solo artists. The source of the archives mostly consists of segments from the USA and UK. Other sections of this archives set was sourced from Sweden, Canada and Germany and includes some segments on Malcolm McLaren RIP.
Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd., Johnny Rotten and everything else related to the Sex Pistols 1976-2013
SEX PISTOLS and PIL VIDEO ARCHIVES VOLUME I
1.Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock ‘n Roll” 1983: Documentary, discussion of the Punk Era with exclusive interview from Malcolm and early interview footage of John Lydon and early Pistols footage (12:38)
2.MTV’s Rock Influences 1985: Documentary, discussion of the punk era and interview with Malcom McClaren and Pistols footage (5:50)
3.Local Cable Access Show 9/18/78: Live TV Interview with Sid Vicious, Nancy Spungen and Stiv Bators (Part 1 of 2) (5:18)
4.The History of Rock ‘n Roll 1996: Documentary, discussion of the punk era. In-depth interviews with Malcolm McClaren, John Lydon, Steve Jones, Siouxsie Sioux with Pistols footage from late 70’s (18:55)
5.Rolling Stones 20th Anniversary 1987: Documentary, Covers the punk era discussed with footage of the Pistols (5:09)
6.Pretty Vacant (Original Music Video) (3:17)
7.Entertainment Tonight 8/8/84: PIL Profile and interview with John Lydon regarding new LP. Footage of In-store record signing and What You Want (Music Video) (1:45)
8.MTV Music News 1988: PIL Profile and in-depth interview with John Lydon comments on Sting, U2 and Guns ‘n Roses (scenes from DOA and PIL music videos) (3:03)
9.PIL: Public Image Ltd. (Music Video) (2:55)
10.PIL: This Is What You Want (Music Video) (4:36)
11.TIME ZONE: World Destruction (John Lydon and Afrika Bambatta) (Music Video) (3:36)
12.PIL: Rise (includes interview with Lydon) (Music Video) (4:54)
13.PIL: Seattle (Music Video) (3:09)
14.PIL: Disappointed (Music Video) (4:06)
15.PIL: Warrior (Music Video) (4:01)
16.PIL: Covered (Music Video) (4:10)
17.LEFTFIELD: Open Up (Lydon is Guest Vocalist-Music Video) (3:55)
18.Disneyland Summer Celebration 6/86: Steve Jones joins Adam Ant on stage to perform “Goody Two Shoes” RARE (3:32)
19.ANDY TAYLOR: When the Rain Comes Down (Steve Jones plays guitar-Music Video) (4:34)
20.IGGY POP: Cold Metal (Steve Jones plays guitar-Music Video) (3:24)
21.SEX PISTOLS: Anarchy in the UK (1994 re-issue for “Swindle” film Music Video) (2:58)
22.MTV Music News Spring 3/20/96: Sex Pistols Reunite! Profile with scenes from Press Conference at The 100 Club (3/18/96) and exclusive interview with the entire band after conference (also 3/18/96) (4:41)
23.Local Cable Access Show Spring 1996: Neurotic Outsiders Live Performance with Steve Jones on Guitar. Interview with John Taylor Bassist discusses the formation of the group (3:10)
24.MTV Music News Spring 2/96: Sex Pistols Reunite? Rumors abound about potential reunion. Interview with John Lydon as he neither confirms nor denies rumors (1:20)
25.Local Cable Access Show 9/18/78: Live TV Interview with Sid Vicious, Nancy Spungen and Stiv Bators (Part 2 of 2) (2:37)
SEX PISTOLS and PIL VIDEO ARCHIVES VOLUME II
1.MTV Week in Rock 8/10/96: Official Teaser for show featuring Sex pistols Interview (:35)
2.MTV Week in Rock 8/10/96: Opening, Filthy Lucre Reunion Tour hits New York City at Roseland (8/8/96). Concert footage in NYC and in-studio interview with the entire band regarding recent incident (8/7/96) (2:36)
3.MTV Music News Tease 8/17/96: Sex pistols 40 and still fierce and ripping up the road (:24)
4.MTV Music News 8/17/96: Scenes from Roseland in NYC (8/8/96) Interview with John Lydon, fans outside of Roseland and Steve Jones, Scene from Roseland “Seventeen” (LIVE) and Paul Cook Interview (3:37)
5.VH1 presents the 70’s 8/19/96: Documentary Series Part 1 clips of interviews with John Lydon and Joe Strummer, Iggy Pop and Deborah Harry discussing the Punk Era (4:38)
6.WIZ Commercial 8/20/96: Filthy Lucre LP (:30)
7.SEX PISTOLS: Pretty Vacant (LIVE) (Music Video) (3:31)
8.MTV’s 120 Minutes 8/19/96: Stabbing Westward comments on opening for the Pistols reunion tour and introduce two exclusive in-studio live performances from the Sex Pistols “Problem” and “Pretty Vacant” (shot during the Filthy Lucre Live Tour) (Recorded Live 8/7/96) (8:47)
9.VH1 presents the 70’s 8/20/96: Documentary Series Part 2 clips of interviews with John Lydon (1:26)
10.OFFICIAL ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT 7/2/96: “Sex Pistols Filthy Lucre E.P.K.” Exclusive in-depth interviews with The Sex Pistols about the reunion of the band plus extensive footage from the press conference at The 100 Club (19:34)
11.NEUROTIC OUTSIDERS Jerk 8/21/96: (Steve Jones plays guitar-Music Video) (4:35)
12.NEUROTIC OUTSIDERS: Commercial for New LP “on sale at Tower” (Steve Jones plays guitar) (:30)
13.(UK TV) BBC footage 1982: Photo Montage of the Sex Pistols with vintage photographs taken by Dennis Mom set to the music of “Pretty Vacant” (3:20)
14.(UK TV) BBC’s The Tube 10/28/83: Family Tree creator shows links between Sex Pistols and other bands then PIL LIVE: Love Song, Anarchy in the UK and Flowers (LIVE) (12:47)
15.PIL: Don’t Ask Me (Music Video) (4:30)
16.VH1 presents the 70’s 8/21/96: Documentary Series Part 3 clips of interviews with John Lydon (1:48)
17.TIME ZONE: World Destruction (John Lydon and Afrika Bambatta) (Full Version Music Video) (4:16)
18.MTV Commercial 4/13/97: “When Punk Finally Dies” a teasing hint of what was to come…Rotten TV RARE (:10)
19.Fashion Television 4/20/97: In-depth interview with Vivienne Westwood. Discusses Punk Days and vintage punk footage at World’s End Shop with Malcolm (5:25)
20.VH1’s Best of American Bandstand 1/1/97: Public Image Limited (1981) Johnny barely performs song as he encourages audience members to get on stage with him, total chaos, classic. Two songs and an attempt to interview John just doesn’t work (9:54)
21.Hard Rock Cafe Live 4/97: A letter from John Lydon is read (:24)
22.MTV Europe 9/96: Neurotic Outsiders Interview with Steve Jones and “Jerk” Music Video (6:11)
23.(GERMAN TV) “A Matter of Taste” 4/97: John Taylor of Neurotic Outsiders host an hour of his favorite music videos and plays the 1992 re-edited version of a music video for “Anarchy in the UK” (4:49)
24.MTV’s 120 Minutes 2/22/98: Mention of live CD “Filthy Lucre” and portion of Pretty Vacant Live from segment #8 (2:10)
25.VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Rock ‘n Roll 4/98: Two teasers, Sex Pistols chart at #46. Profile on the band with comments from Joe Strummer and Bruce Springsteen (1:37)
26.Local Cable Access Show 9/18/78: Live TV Interview with Sid Vicious, Nancy Spungen and Stiv Bators (Part 1 and 2) (7:55)
SEX PISTOLS VIDEO ARCHIVES VOLUME III
1.SEX PISTOLS LIVE IN STOCKHOLM SWEDEN AT THE HAPPY HOUSE JULY 28, 1977: Anarchy in the UK, I Wanna Be Me, 17, New York, Problems and No Fun RARE (20:11)
2.”5 Minute Trailer” 6/4/96: Directed by Julian Temple (5:50)
3.SEX PISTOLS: GOD SAVE THE QUEEN (Music Video) (3:23)
4.SEX PISTOLS: ANARCHY IN THE UK (1992 RE-EDIT) (Music Video) (3:34)
5.SEX PISTOLS: SILLY THING (Music Video) (3:30)
6.SEX PISTOLS: PRETTY VACANT (Original Music Video) (3:16)
7.(UK TV) The Phoenix Festival UK 1996: “Bodies” (LIVE) RARE (3:29)
8.(CANADA TV) Much Music 1997: “New Music” Segment on Malcolm McClaren. Profile and rarely seen Interview from Canada in 9/8/89. Malcolm discusses solo projects on 1997 (6:37)
9.The Punk Rock Movie by Don Letts 1978: A edited selection of scenes with the Sex pistols only (15:16)
10.VH1’s Grammy Preview LIVE 2/24/99: hosted by John Lydon as he conducts interviews with Elvis Costello, Bonnie Riatt and father John, The Temptations, Aerosmith, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Imbruglia, Celine Dion, Dixie Chicks, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah McLachlan and John Tesh . Also included is a profile on John Lydon and John visits backstage at Grammy’s the day before and “Rotten Hall of Shame” segment. (20:31)
11.VH1’s Grammy Post Show LIVE 2/24/99: hosted by John Lydon as he conducts interviews with Brian Setzer and others (4:22)
12.VH1’s Where are They Now? 4/20/99: Sex Pistols are profiled and discussion on reunion and scene from Johnny’s appearance on Judge Judy TV Show (3:41)
13.MTV Uncensored 10/16/99: Opening, various scenes from interviews with John Lydon over the years (8/8/84, 11/12/87, ) including the more recent Sex Pistols interview where John walks off during interview on 8/7/96 & 3/18/96 (3:10)
14.E! True Hollywood Story 11/99: Russ Myer discusses working with the Pistols on “Who Killed Bambi” (1:49)
15.VH1’s Rotten TV 1998: PILOT TV TEST EPISODE (**NOT FOR AIR**) RARE (21:14)
SEX PISTOLS VIDEO ARCHIVES VOLUME IV
1.VH1’s Behind the Music 1999: “1977” Opening, interview with John Lydon on other genre’s of music. Interviews also with Joey Ramone, Joe Strummer and Malcolm McClaren and segment on Sex Pistols (12:30)
2.(UK TV) Thames Television’s “Today with Bill Grundy” 12/1/76: Historic first TV interview with the band Siouxsie Sioux is also in the background (3:19)
3.VH1’s Top 100 Greatest Moments of Television 2000: Sex Pistols appearance on The Today Show with Bill Grundy. Includes recent interview with Siouxsie about the appearance.
4.VH1 25 All Access 25 Years of Punk 5/2001: Sex Pistols are profiled. Recent interviews with Malcolm McClaren, Paul Cook and Steve Jones (10:00)
5.VH1 The 100 Greatest Hard Rockers 3/2001: Profile on the Sex Pistols (2:30)
6.VH1 Condfidential 7/2001: Sid and Nancy’s deaths are profiled (8:00)
7.VH1’s Rotten TV 2000: Episode #1 of 7 RARE (20:03)
8.VH1’s Rotten TV 2000: Episode #2 of 7 RARE (21:12)
9.Politically Incorrect 2001: John Lydon (:)
10.”Sid & Nancy: England’s Glory” 1986: This rarely scene documentary on the making of the film “Sid & Nancy” was made by filmmaker Martin Turner for $500.00. Due to difficulties in the music rights clearances, four brief scenes have been overdubbed with calliope music, per Turner’s suggestion. (31:49)
11.PIL: This is Not A Love Song (Music Video)
SEX PISTOLS VIDEO ARCHIVES VOLUME V
1.BBC America’s “Degeneration” (Documentary-1997) 10/21/01: (this is an edited down version, concentrating almost solely on the Pistols) Profiling the years 1976 to 1979. Included rare BBC Interviews with the Pistols, Clash, McClaren & Westwood from ’76 & ‘77. “No Fun” (Live), The Bill Grundy Interview with the Pistols, protests outside Pistols gig as the band looks on and laughs, footage from that gig. Virgin records signing at Buckingham Palace, Pistols tour US, Interview with Nancy and local New York News Report on Sid’s arrest and later on Sid’s Death (RARE) (28:35)
2.VH1’s TV Moments “Reunions” 2/26/02: The Sex Pistols Reunion is Profiled included are interviews
3.SEX PISTOLS: ANARCHY IN THE UK (1992 RE-EDIT) (Music Video) (3:34)
4.VH1’s ALL ACCESS: “Rock’s Most Outrageous Busts 2002: Sid and Nancy are profiled many rare local New York News segments are included from the time.
6.TRIO Network “PUNK” (Live performances & Documentary) 6/2003: Archival punk footage from the earliest days of The Pistols. Live concert August 1976 “Anarchy In The UK”,
7.VH1 50 Greatest LP Covers 9/20/03: Profile on Pistols and LP Never Mind The Bullocks
8. Sex Pistols: Punk Icons 2000: Filmmaker Don Letts rounds up a critical mass of rock ‘n’ roll insiders — including original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock — to discuss the influence of a band that personified youth rebellion. Rare concert and backstage footage combines with songs from “Never Mind the Bollocks” and other classic Pistols albums, as well as performance outtakes from the Julian Temple documentary The Filth and the Fury.
9. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 10/30/07: Anarchy In The UK (LIVE)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME 2 HOURS
SEX PISTOLS VIDEO ARCHIVES VOLUME VI 2004-2008
1. Sex Pistols Music Video Box Documentary 2004: Combining rare archival footage and in-depth interviews with fans and fellow musicians, this documentary provides fascinating insight into the highs and lows of the infamous Sex Pistols — the nihilistic British rockers who changed the face of rock ‘n’ roll with their raw sound and refusal to comply. A punked-out soundtrack includes “Anarchy in the UK,” “God Save the Queen,” “Pretty Vacant” and “Holidays in the Sun.”
2. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 10/31/07: Interview with John Lydon and Steve Jones regarding the 30th Anniversary of the release of Never Mind The Bullocks and John comments on the Tonight Show performance from the previous night. Later, actor Kenneth Branaugh introduces Sex Pistols and then Pistols perform Pretty Vacant LIVE
3. HBO Autopsy: Postmortem 1/10/08: The Autopsy of Nancy Spungen and Sid Vicious. Through rare LOCAL New York City News footage and interview with renowned Forensic Scientist Dr. Michael Baden the reconstruction of both of there deaths are explored including rarely seen photos of there deaths as well as evidence photographs.
4. Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder 198: Interview with John Lydon promoting Public Image Limited
5. Biography Channel’s Biography 12/23/08: In-Depth profile and interviews with the band (45 Minutes)
TOTAL RUNNING TIME 2 HOURS
SEX PISTOLS VIDEO ARCHIVES VOLUME VII 2010
1. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 1/19/10: Steve Jones is interviewed and later performs live with spin off band covering Sex Pistols EMI
2. VH1 Classic’s “Classic Albums” Air Date 2/:20/10: Though their career lasted a bit less than two years and they only released one album before they broke up, few bands had the cultural and musical impact of The Sex Pistols, who kick-started a worldwide punk rock revolution and turned the British music industry upside down, leaving a trail of outrage in their path. Sex Pistols: Never Mind The Bollocks is a documentary about the making of the group’s groundbreaking album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols, featuring interviews with vocalist John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook, as well as original Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, producer Chris Thomas, engineer Bill Price, producer and soundman Dave Goodman, and manager Malcolm McLaren. The documentary also features of the band performing in concert and on television; selections include “Anarchy In The UK”, “God Save The Queen”, “Pretty Vacant”, “Holidays In The Sun”, and more
SEX PISTOLS VIDEO ARCHIVES VOLUME VIII 2008
1.A&E’s Biography 12/24/2008: In-Depth profile of the history of the band. One of the last interview with Malcolm McClaren can be seen here along with interviews from Don Letts, Author Paul Gorman, Ted Cohen of Warner Bros., Photographers Mick Rock and Bob Gruen and last but not least Tim Grundy (Son of Bill Grundy the TV presenter who first had the band on TV in the UK). (All Commercials edited out) 45 Minutes
2. The Sex Pistols There’ll Always Be An England 6/30/08: Edited concert for TV
3. Isle of Wight Festival June 13 and 15 2008: The Isle Of Wight Festival 2008 was the seventh revived Isle of Wight Festival held at Seaclose Park in Newport on the Isle Of Wight. Performed Pretty Vacant and Bodies.
SEX PISTOLS VIDEO ARCHIVES VOLUME IX 2008-2013
1 There’ll Always Be An England 6/30.08: BONUS FOOTAGE entitled “The Knowledge” (Documentary), specially filmed to complement the live concert – is the Pistols guide to London. Steve and Paul re-visit old haunts such as the Denmark Street and South West London. Glen takes us to the 100 Club and St Martins College. And Mr Rotten gives us an open-top bus ride through the streets of London; stopping off in Finsbury Park along the way. The film is mixed with behind-the-scene clips from the Brixton shows and rare archive Pistols footage. The band’s guide to what places in London were important in the history of the Pistols, and within this is John Lydon’s open-top bus trip around London – you get a taste of it from the trailer but the full segment itself is excellent. It’s refreshing to let them do their own talking given all the hype that normally surrounds the band and I think you have to give a lot of credit to Julian Temple for capturing it all.
2. Local Cable Access Show 9/18/78: Live TV Interview with Sid Vicious, Nancy Spungen and Stiv Bators (slightly better quality then previous Volumes)
3. Greatest Rock ‘N Roll swindle: Sid performs My Way (Only this performance not the entire film)
4. Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 05/15/12: To kick off Craig’s week in Scotland he peforms a punk style song that he evidently recorded with Steve Jones. Here in this opening segment they perform the song via pantomime. Pretty funny stuff and NOT announced as part of the program so a really rare find for Steve Jones fans.
5. The Glastonbury Festival 2013: Public Image Ltd. with “Rise” LIVE
SEX PISTOLS The Video Archives 2012-2015 VOLUME X
- Later w/ J. Holland 09/28/12: Public Image Ltd.: Reggie Song, Deep Water and This Is Not A Love Song (LIVE)
- Later w/ J. Holland (series 47 Episode 6) 10/20/15: Public Image Ltd.: Opening, “The One”, “Corporate”, “Double Trouble” and closing segment
- Late Show with S. Colbert 11/17/15: Opening and PIL perform “Double Trouble”
- Sirius X M Interview with John Lydon 04/30/15: This interview with that aired originally on the radio SEE the actual interview here for the first time. John is Brutally Honest About Drugs, Music, Groupies & New Book “Anger Is An Energy”. The self-proclaimed king of punks John Lydon paid us a visit on Sway in the Morning. The legendary Sex Pistols frontman gave us an insight in his world as the band first exploded, explaining it was because of their “bare faced honesty.” Similar to hip-hop, John talks about his love of the genre, especially being a fan of the Zulu Nation movement. John remains honest during our interview, talking about the unnecessary rules the system (or the “shitsym”) that we’re programmed to follow. “Rules are for fools,” he repeats. Stating that mantra is also why he created his new band, Public Image Limited. From drugs, to groupies, to his love of reggae, no stone is unturned. Watch as Johnny Rotten opens up below. Plus grab his new book in stores now, Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored, and keep an eye out for his upcoming album “What The World Needs Now…” which he explains is his ‘most excellent and most enjoyable work.’
- Piers Life Stories with John Lydon 09/25/15: John Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols – talks to Piers Morgan about his remarkable life and career. The punk icon looks back on his controversial rise to fame and notoriety in the band that sent shock waves through the music industry and beyond. He reveals how childhood meningitis affected his memory so severely he was left unable even to recognise his own parents and reflects on the death of bandmate Sid Vicious. Still performing with his band PiL and living in LA, John talks about life, love and whether he has mellowed as he is about to turn 60. John explains to Piers how he got is nickname Johnny Rotten: “Bad teeth. In my childhood, the only time I saw a toothbrush used was my dad cleaning boots. There was bits missing (in my teeth), all cracked up, I’d avoid the dentist.” John reveals who gave him the name, saying: “Steve Jones (fellow Sex Pistol), almost immediately on our first meeting. ‘You’re rotten you are.’ I liked it a lot. It was not taking yourself too serious.” When talking about losing his memory, following a diagnosis of meningitis at the age of seven, John told Piers that he still lives with the fear that he might wake up and not remember who he is. “There’s nothing worse than that. To absolutely not belong to anybody, that’s the ultimate pain.” John is clearly smitten with his partner Nora, who is 14 years his senior. “We are just made in heaven. We’re so awkwardly different, she’s the best person in the world I’ve ever known,” he told Piers. (All commercials edited out)
SEX PISTOLS The Video Archives 1978-2006 VOLUME XI
- FINAL TV appearance of Sid & Nancy(Local New York Cable Access Show) 9/18/78: Live TV Interview with Sid Vicious, Nancy Spungen and Stiv Bators (ENTIRE EPISODE) (54:30)L This one hour version of the Series includes a RARE Local New York “Ch. 2 News” segment about Sid’s arrest that aired AFTER the interview included in this segment.
- Final 24 of Sid Vicious 04/16/2006: (45:49) Join us as we delve into his past to uncover the series of events that led to Sid’s death and reveal for the first time a shocking revelation that sheds new light on his last day. In the pilot episode of documentary series Final 24, NYPD police sergeant Richard Houseman revealed, supposedly for the first time, that shortly after overdosing Vicious wanted another dose of heroin, but Michelle refused and left the room. When she told his mother, Anne Beverley, what happened, Anne went into the bedroom. Before her death in 1996, Anne confessed to journalist Alan G. Parker that she had then purposefully administered a fatal dose of heroin to Vicious because she knew that he was afraid of going back to prison and had doubts about how good his lawyers were, even though the lawyers were certain they would clear his name. In an interview some time after this documentary’s broadcast, it was revealed that the show’s production team lied to Parker to obtain his “confession.” Parker later directed his own film, Who Killed Nancy? (Soda Pictures) to set the record straight.
SEX PISTOLS The Video Archives 2009 VOLUME XII
- Who Killed Nancy ? (Japan) 04/11/09: On October 12th 1978 New York Police discovered the lifeless body of a 20 year-old woman, slumped under the bathroom sink in a hotel room. She was dressed in her underwear and had bled to death from a stab wound. The woman was Nancy Spungen, an ex-prostitute, sometimes stripper, heroin addict, and girlfriend of Sex Pistols’ bassist Sid Vicious. In a trial by tabloid newspapers Vicious was pronounced guilty before noon the following day. But the case never had the chance to be brought to trial, and a number of New York cops weren’t convinced. Less than six months later in a flat in New York’s Greenwich Village, Sid, himself aged only 21, died of a heroin overdose. For the next 28 years the assumption was that Sid did it – case closed. Over time, the death of Sid and Nancy has passed into rock legend and has only added to the controversial and notorious image of the Sex Pistols and punk music. At the request of Sid’s mother, who committed suicide in 1996, rock author and punk expert Alan Parker has devoted himself to discovering what really happened in room 100. Parker has re-interviewed 182 people, re-examined NYPD evidence, and gone back to his original interviews with Sid’s mother.
SEX PISTOLS The Video Archives 2013 VOLUME XIII
- Christmas with The Sex Pistols “Never Mind The Baubles – Xmas ’77” 12/26/13 (59:59): Christmas with the Sex Pistols, Boxing Day, December 26th 2013 at 10pm. broadcast a special one-hour documentary on the Sex Pistols historic concert’s in Huddersfield Christmas Day 1977. The documentary looks at how the group branded ‘public enemy number’ one by the media played a matinee concert for the kids of striking firemen and put on a Christmas party with free presents and cakes; then later that evening played a show for the firemen and adults. Director Julien Temple marries together previously unseen footage of the legendary shows along with archive footage of the striking firemen and 1977 television. John Rotten, Steve Jones and Paul Cook were all interviewed for the documentary. This is the Pistols as you have never known or seen them before. What better way to spend Christmas on Boxing Day…
SEX PISTOLS The Video Archives 2007 VOLUME XIV
1. Chaos! Ex Pistols’ Secret History ‘The D. Goodman Story May 29th 2007: The title of this DVD itself lets you know that this isn’t exactly a straightforward documentary on the Sex Pistols; although producer Dave Goodman played a significant part in the group’s musical career, he’s not exactly the first (or fifth or sixth) name that comes to mind when people think of the band. The 100-minute film that’s the centerpiece of the disc has some value for serious Sex Pistols fans, but it’s an oddly oblique if not quite chaotic affair. First off, it should be known that it contains absolutely no Sex Pistols music or live sound footage of the group, which is a serious handicap in making a documentary of any sort on a major rock act. Nor does it include any interviews with original Sex Pistols John Lydon, Steve Jones, and Paul Cook (or archive interviews with Sid Vicious). And oddly, despite his prominent billing, Dave Goodman doesn’t exactly dominate the cast of talking heads interviewed for the project; he’s just one of a number of associates and scenemakers who participated.
To give this its due, it does include interviews with some very prominent Sex Pistols insiders, namely original bassist Glen Matlock and manager Malcolm McLaren, as well as Goodman and photographer Ray Stevenson (some of whose photos are used as stills in the film). Still, in all it’s kind of like those slew of Beatles and Rolling Stones DVD documentaries in which the filmmakers, obviously cut off from access to many or all of the principal figures in the story (as well as use of original music and archive footage), try to make do by shoveling on chats with a host of peripheral figures. Here they include Terry Chimes of the Clash, filmmaker Don Letts, journalists Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray, Factory Records founder Tony Wilson, and Public Image Limited’s Jim Walker.
If you’re not familiar with the basic outlines of the Sex Pistols story, you’re going to be somewhat or wholly lost, since basic acknowledgement of things like the most important events in their lifetime and the sequence in which they occurred are mostly absent. It’s more for Sex Pistols enthusiasts hungry for some anecdotes and perspectives that might be missing or underplayed in more conventional (and thorough) histories, though unfortunately some of the stories related are just familiar tales told a little differently this time around. Some interesting things are noted, such
as Goodman and McLarenrecalling the confusing circumstances leading to multiple attempts to record “Anarchy in the U.K.,” or Matlock giving his matter of fact recollection of when he knew his days in the band were numbered. Even if you’re willing to sit through this for its most noteworthy moments, however, there are a few other basic problems with the film other than its fragmentary structure, notably undermiked sound in a few scenes that make some of the interviewees hard to understand, as well as unsteady camerawork in a few (not many) of the interview segments. The extras include additional and extended interviews with some of the more notable participants, and these, oddly, include some of the more interesting observations on the disc, such as Matlock’s belief that the group got thrown off A&M in part because his name was on the contract and the label was upset he’d left, and Wilson’s feeling that McLarenwanted to make the Sex Pistols “the Bay City Rollers of outrage.” Also included are full versions of some of the songs Goodman wrote and produced that were used in the film, and though they’re obviously trying to simulate the Sex Pistols sound, they’re no substitute for actual Sex Pistols recordings.
The ’70s work of the late Dave Goodman leads us directly into the shocking true story of the birth – and initial success – of the Sex Pistols, the most explosive Rock ‘N’ Roll band ever (and the group for whom Dave G was the first serious producer). A band that still shock and thrill, in equal measure, some 30 years later. The filmmakers were lucky enough to know Dave back then and luckier still in getting other key figures to talk about him and the Pistols for this film – including manager Malcolm McLaren, Pistol Glen Matlock, photographer Ray Stevenson, film-maker Don Letts, broadcaster/label bigwig Tony Wilson and many others. Their words make up not just the bizarre tale of Dave and the Pistols but also the full flavor of what Punk, and Britain in the ’70s, was really like. A time when young people still genuinely believed that music could – and would – change the world. A time of hope. A very different time to now…
SEX PISTOLS The Video Archives 2016 VOLUME XV
1. Sad Vacation The Last Days of Sid and Nancy 12/17/16: Documentary about the painful and poignant final days of the tragic couple Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Spanish director Danny Garcia’s 2016 documentary film about the “tumultuous and stormy” relationship between the Sex Pistols’ bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, which ended tragically in Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel. Garcia began working on Sad Vacation after accumulating quite a lot of good off-camera Sid and Nancy anecdotes while working on a previous film Looking for Johnny: The Legend of Johnny Thunders. Director Danny Garcia’s Sad Vacation — narrated by Huey Morgan (front man for the band Fun Lovin’ Criminals) — tells us the sad tale of troubled Sex Pistol Sid Vicious through interviews with some of his friends and fellow musicians (some of whom, according to the film’s Indiegogo page, “actually liked Nancy as a friend and as a human being”), including Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), photographer Bob Gruen, Walter Lure (The Heatbreakers), Leee Black Childers (Sid’s friend, who briefly managed his band, the Flowers of Romance), Howie Pyro (D Generation), Kenny Gordon (Pure Hell), Cynthia Ross (The B- Girls) and many, many more (some of whom have never told their stories on camera before). The documentary goes into great detail about their deaths towards the end, giving us a look at previously-unseen Grand Jury testimony and some of the circumstantial evidence that points to Sid Vicious as a suspect in Nancy’s death. Sad Vacation was completed in August 2016, which was approximately the 40th anniversary of punk rock, and screened during the last two months of the year at festivals and select theaters in both the U.K. and U.S. before being released oo DVD, which is packed with extras, including behind-the-scenes footage, music videos, and promo material.The film also features soundtrack music by Sid Vicious as well as the Heartbreakers, the Boys, the Members, Neon Leon, Pure Hell, Sami Yaffa, Luigi & the Wiseguys, Skafish, Corazones Muertos, the PrimaDonna Reeds, Supla, and Silke Berlinn & the Addictions.
This is one of the most extensive video archive collection of BOTH The Sex Pistols and Public Image, Ltd. anywhere, ever!!! An incredible THIRTY HOURS ON FIFTEEN SEPARATE DVD’s. This collection stands alone as a definitive WORLDWIDE look at the history of Sex Pistols and Public Image, Ltd. as well as Johnny Lydon and Steve Jones as solo artists through out the years covering as early as 1976 and up to as recent as 2016 with PIL live on the most recent tour and Johnny on his new book. A chronological history of an evolution of a band and the members who persevered. Take advantage of this auction and OWN this unique historical WORLDWIDE collection.
Please note photograph shows a 13 DVD Set but you receive 15 DVDs with your order
John Hooper (verified owner) –
I recently purchased this Amazing 15-DVD Set of The Sex Pistols, PIL Worldwide Video Archives and am Very Pleased. A tremendous amount of work went into finding these rarely seen films, videos, promos, concert footage and more – a Very Nice Collection that would be a wonderful addition to any Pistols / PIL collection! Hope to buy more from this seller – a Great Experience!