Sid Vicious

Sid Vicious & Friends

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1998's SID VICIOUS AND FRIENDS is a companion volume to Cleopatra's earlier slice of Sid Vicious marginalia, NEVER MIND THE REUNION: HERE'S SID VICIOUS. It's yet another repackaging of the live tapes from London and New York which have been floating around under various names since the former John Simon Beverley committed suicide in 1979.

Backed by an all-star punk rock band that gives new meaning to the adjectives sloppy and under-rehearsed, the singer moans and sneers his way through 13 tracks, from Eddie Cochran's "C'Mon Everybody"--for some reason, Sid actually could sing Cochran tunes half-decently--to the inevitable "My Way," here in two versions. AND FRIENDS is far more important as a tacky piece of punk history than it is as music, but it's not entirely without a certain voyeuristic value.

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