The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle review by Sex Pistols

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  • Released: Feb 26, 1979
  • Sound: 6
  • Lyrics: 2
  • Overall Impression: 1
  • Reviewer's score: 3 Poor
  • Users' score: 8.6 (5 votes)
Sex Pistols: The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle

Sound — 6
Fast-paced, rhythmical, the band sound like they are enjoying themselves. The opening track; an orchestral version of "God Save The Queen". Most of the other tracks may sound the same, but tracks such as "Don't Lip Me No Lip, Child" are more melodic. "Black Arabs" also features a nice smooth medley of originals.

Lyrics — 2
Ever since the release of "Never Mind The B*****ks, Here's The Sex Pistols", Johnny Rotten has never tried to project his voice. He whines too much and makes too many mistakes on purpose and shows that he probably doesn't even know what rock & roll is and doesn't care. 01. "Rock Around The Clock" - sounds like they are taking the mic out of proper rock and roll. 02. "Johnny B Goode" - if they cover this, they need to care. Bad singing and random insults. 03. "Road Runner" - if they don't care about the song, don't perform it. 04. "Watcha Gonna Do About It" - the singings still bad. 05. "Who Killed Bambi?" - too much slurring in between the singing. 06. "My Way" - this song needs some respect! It's a very immature version!

Overall Impression — 1
A complete mockery for real rock and roll. There is too much whining and too much swearing in-between the lyrics. Owners of the songs would not have been pleased if they heard their stuff turned into a load of garbage sang over cool guitar riffs. The punks are also careless about their use of the lyrics, changing them to immature dialogue i.e. 'you c**t, I'm not a queer'. Johnny doesn't know nothing about rock and roll and. Frankly my dear, he doesn't give a damn.

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