Historic but tragic live shows on two CDs

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Sid Vicious – Vive Le Rock

Poor, deluded Sid. Existing perfectly as an idea, he didn’t stand a chance when he dared to step out as a frontman in August 1978 at the Electric Ballroom, backed by Glen Matlock, Rat Scabies and Steve New. It was, apparently, an uproarious occasion, but this recording captures none of the spirit and all the grotesque inadequacy of Sid’s performance. Baying his allegiances to Iggy and Thunders, weaving a belligerently uncertain path through his own ‘hits’ and a couple of Pistols covers, he sounds even more pitiful at the two New York gigs also featured. Expect much duplication of songs, with four different versions of “My Way”.