Sex Pistols

After the Storm

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One band that just about every '70s-era punk act listed as an early influence was the New York Dolls. Comprised of party-hearty cross-dressers who barely knew more than a handful of power chords (and knew even less about tuning their instruments), the Dolls may not have hit it big commercially, but they spawned a legion of offspring -- including the Sex Pistols. If there were ever two bands that stylistically deserved to be together on a compilation, it would be the Dolls and the Pistols, and that's exactly what listeners get on the brief After the Storm, which features four tracks from each group. The Dolls' portion consists of demos recorded in England during 1972 (with original drummer Billy Murcia behind the kit), while the Pistols' section is comprised of live tracks. All the tracks have appeared on each respective band's official releases in better-sounding versions, but if it's uncommon renditions you're looking for, After the Storm contains a smattering -- "Personality Crisis," "Looking for a Kiss," "Pretty Vacant," "Liar," etc. But with each band the subject of countless other comps over the years, why settle for a mere eight tracks, when there are countless other titles to choose from (and with far longer track listings)?

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