They are not the same mixes that I did.
Dave Goodman, the other producer besides Chris Thomas,
went in and re-did them and added a lot of echo to them
and added stuff to them.
So they'd been marketed as the Spedding tapes,
but they are not really my mixes. The mixes I did sound better.
I'm quite proud of the Sex Pistols demos,
especially when compared to their other later recordings.
On my demos you can hear everything quite clearly
- the bass and drums are really audible plus you can actually
hear what the rhythm and lead guitars are doing.
Part of why they (McLaren and the Pistols) didn't like my demo
was that because I like R&B, I highlighted their rhythm tracks
with a big bass drum and bass aloud, particularly
because Matlock had some intensely played bass runs.
They wanted a guitar soup. I think that whenever you've got
an interesting rhythm section like that,
a band sounds like they can actually play,
and since that was the whole point of my demo
- to prove they could play - that's what I pushed.
When you have a guitar soup, which is what the demo
they recorded later sounds like, you have to face the fact
that someone's trying to cover up the fact that they can't play.
And that's what McLaren wanted people to think that
they couldn't play, that was just an idea,
a way of making all this anarchy stuff happen.
The only overdubs are the two guitar solos
(of course, by Steve Jones).
The reason the first note is so long on the 'Problem' solo
is that (I was watching his face when he played it)
Steve Jones was so surprised at the sound and sustain
he got out of my amp that he almost forgot to play!
att : Problem on this CD is edited from the original demo track.