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SEX - We Are Not In The Least Afraid Of Ruins

    The second installment of gems and nuggets straight from the infamous jukebox at Malcolm and Vivienne's King's Road SEX boutique.

    Compiled again by Marco Pirroni (Adam and The Ants, Siouxsie and the Banshees) another collection of carefully curated tracks that were played on rotation at 430 kings road Chelsea, throughout 1974-1976.

    Years in the making, this follow up to Marco’s 2004 “SEX: Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die” continues to complete the jukebox playlist with tracks contributed from those friends who frequented the shop - Jordan Mooney (RIP), Paul Cook, Steve Jones and Sam Bully amongst others – remembering those all-important songs that soundtracked the shop and left lasting impressions on them over 47 years ago.

    Another wild ride and a kaleidoscope of jukebox bangers from The Animals to Max Byraves, Nico to Burundi Black, these tracks undoubtedly played a heavy influence on SEX’s customer’s young ears many who would go on and change the musical world forever - Sex Pistols, The Clash, Chrissie Hynde, Siouxsie Sioux to name just a few.

    Artwork supplied by Personality Crisis with unpublished photographs from Jane England, a student at the time but already understood the cultural significance and beauty of both the shop and Jordan Mooney who the compilation is dedicated to.

    Quotes:

    “This is the second album of music from the jukebox at 430 Kings road Chelsea, this place was the center of my world from 1973 to early 1977 when I had to grow-up and move on. The tracks have nothing much to do with each other but in my mind, they all go together: Winifred Atwill and the Animals, Mott the Hoople and Max Bygraves have for the last 40 years become forever interlinked. Malcolm, Vivienne, Jordan, Steve Jones and Paul Cook (who would both put their favourite songs on the jukebox) all have a hand in it. In the internet age I still know almost nothing about these artists and I’ve never bothered to look them up. Sex: Vol 1 and 2 are to be played in the old-fashioned way. That is, you put them and listen all the way through (jukeboxes don’t have remotes). Hopefully, it will give a flavour of the time, when none of us who hung around in The scene later to be known as punk had the slightest clue what we were doing or why we we’re doing it. I could probably hazard a guess but it really doesn’t matter. Its nostalgia for a bygone age with a soundtrack from an even more bygone age. But I loved it all then and I love it now.

    Marco Pirroni, 2022

    “Just imagine being in this mystical clothes shop at any time during 1974-1976 and being part of what I saw as a place of creative ideas, like the cafés you’d have found in Russia or Prague where great philosophers used to churn over ideas and punch holes in the norm. Dark luxurious rubber clad walls with slogans that may be old but were still pertinent to US. At the end of this tunnel of decadence and the risqué was that jukebox. Filled with music to inspire and encourage you to dig deeper.”

    Jordan Mooney

    “Memories of a jukebox. The first thing we did when going into the shop was head to the jukebox and fire up some music. It was great listening to all those 50’s/60’s tracks and it was a bit of an education music wise. Blasting out great Rock’n’Roll, Garage / Rebel Rock, it had to be the coolest jukebox in London at the time and we’d spend hours hanging around, digging the scene and looking cool. As time went by we’d add our own 45’s into the mix but the jukebox choice had Malcolm's stamp all over it with a selection of outsider, freaky misfits.”

    Paul Cook

    TRACK LISTING

    Vinyl Tracklisting
    SIDE A
    1. The Animals - We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place
    2. Chris Farlowe - Out Of Time
    3. Dave Berry - Don't Gimme No Lip Child
    4. Peanuts Wilson - Cast Iron Arm
    5. The Cougars - Saturday Nite At The Duck-Pond
    SIDE B
    6. Dave & Ansell Collins - Double Barrel
    7. Burundi Steïphenson Black - Burundi Black
    8. John Leyton - Johnny Remember Me
    9. The Dakotas - Cruel Sea
    10. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy- Paralyzed
    11. Fats Domino - Sick & Tired
    SIDE C
    12. Winifred Atwell - Hawaiian Cha Cha
    13. Max Bygraves - You Need Hands
    14. Lloyd Price - Where Were You On Our Wedding Day
    15. The Ethiopians - Train To Skaville
    16. Dave & Ansell Collins - Monkey Spanner
    SIDE D
    17. Billy Fury - Wonderous Place
    18. Nico - I'm Not Sayin'
    19. The Leaves - Funny Little World
    20. The Animals - I Can’t Believe It
    21. Ron Moody - You Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two
    22. Dave Berry - The Crying Game
    23. Mott The Hoople - The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll

    CD
    1. The Animals - We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place
    2. Chris Farlowe – Out Of Time
    3. Dave Berry - Don't Gimme No Lip Child
    4. Peanuts Wilson - Cast Iron Arm
    5. The Cougars - Saturday Nite At The Duck-Pond
    6. Dave & Ansel Collin – Double Barrel
    7. Burundi Steïphenson Black - Burundi Black
    8. John Leyton - Johnny Remember Me
    9. The Dakotas - The Cruel Sea
    10. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Paralyzed
    11. Fats Domino - Sick & Tired
    12. Winifred Atwell - Hawaiian Cha Cha
    13. Max Bygraves - You Need Hands
    14. Lloyd Price - Where Were You On Our Wedding Day
    15. The Ethiopians - Train To Skaville
    16. Dave & Ansel Collins - Monkey Spanner
    17. Billy Fury - Wonderous Place
    18. Nico – I'm Not Sayin'
    19. The Leaves - Funny Little World
    20. The Animals - I Can't Believe It
    21. Ron Moody - You Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two
    22. Dave Berry - The Crying Game
    23. Mott The Hoople - The Golden Age Of Rock 'n' Roll

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    SEX: Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die

      First time ever on vinyl, the legendary compilation taken from the infamous Kings Road ‘SEX ’shop jukebox. Curated by Marco Pirroni of Siouxsie & the banshees, Adam & the Ants and SEX shop regular, a hand-selected treasure trove of underground/outsider classics – All of which were on heavy rotation throughout the mid-70s on Malcolm and Vivienne’s SEX boutique jukebox..

      Originally released in 2003 on OLLA records, “Sex: Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die”, The 2020 Stranger Than Paradise Records edition includes new updated artwork plus testimonials from Marco Pirroni, Don Letts, Jon Savage, Jordan, Paul Cook, and Manicured Noise’s Steven Walsh.

      “…in my all-important role as ‘Sex’ shop layabout 1974-1976, it was my self-appointed duty to sit around and do nothing except be snide about everyone who came into the shop and continually play my favourite 20 records on the jukebox over and over again, until Jordan or Michael could stand no more and pulled the plug out of the wall……

      .. I had never heard of any of the 19 artists who had made my 20 favorite records (I still haven’t) and couldn’t imagine what they were thinking when they made them (I still can’t) but whatever it was they were thinking, they believed it - body and soul - and were making the records they wanted to make against all odds, including at times their own lack of talent. The one thing I learnt from those days was that it’s more important for an artist to be actively discouraged than encourage”

      Marco Pirroni

      “Memories of a jukebox. The first thing we did when going into the shop was head to the jukebox and fire up some music. It was great listening to all those 50’s/60’s tracks and it was a bit of an education music wise.

      Blasting out great Rock’n’Roll, Garage / Rebel Rock, it had to be the coolest jukebox in London at the time and we’d spend hours hanging around, digging the scene and looking cool. As time went by we’d add our own 45’s into the mix but the jukebox choice had Malcom’s stamp all over it with a selection of outsider, freaky misfits. ..Long live outsider, freaky misfits and R’n’Rollz “

      Paul Cook, Sex Pistols

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Martin says: Back in 1975, one time Banshee and 80s Ant Marco Pirroni was a dedicated teenage delinquent, spending his days surrounded by the pornographic polyester of McLaren and Westwood’s infamous King’s Road boutique. For this compilation, originally released on CD in 2003 and now finally available on vinyl, Pirroni raids the shop jukebox to bring us twenty tracks brimming with hormones, solvents and teen spirit, each playing its own small part in the genesis of punk.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      1. The Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
      2. The Creation - Through My Eyes
      3. Clarence "Frogman" Henry - Ain't Got No Home
      4. Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action
      5. The Spades - You're Gonna Miss Me

      B Side
      1. The Castaways - Liar Liar
      2. The Strangeloves - Night Time
      3. Vince Taylor - Brand New Cadillac
      4. Arthur Alexander - Better Move On
      5. Alice Cooper - I'm Eighteen

      C Side
      1. The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire
      2. Screaming Lord Sutch And The Savages - Monster In Black Tights
      3. The Troggs - I Can't Control Myself
      4. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
      5. The Sonics - Have Love Will Travel

      D Side
      1. Johnny Hallyday - Joue Pas De Rock'n'roll Pour Moi
      2. Loretta Lynn - The Pill
      3. The Spades - We Sell Soul
      4. Jackie And The Starlites - Valerie
      5. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner (Once)


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