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Newly Recovered Studio Cut of Sex Pistols' Controversial 'Belsen Was A Gas' Available to Stream -

Newly Recovered Studio Cut of Sex Pistols' 'Belsen Was A Gas' Available to Stream - 

The Sex Pistols will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of seminal punk album 'Never Mind the Bollox, Here's The Sex Pistols' with a super deluxe box-set scheduled for a Sept.24th release date.

The box-set will include audio of original master tapes, exclusive footage, rare interviews, band pictures and punk artefacts from the band's explosively short lived career. And with the release date looming the band have now made a studio version of their controversial live track 'Belsen Was A Gas' available to stream in order to promote their upcoming anniversary.  

The track was written by Sid Vicious before he joined the band and featured heavily in their stage set towards the end of the career. Prior to the newly recovered demo only live versions, plus a studio take with Ronnie Biggs, have been available.

'Belsen Was A Gas' was written about Nazi Concentration in Bergen-Belsen that was liberated by British troops in 1945 and, in true Pistols fashion, was designed to with the intention to provoke.

The demo was recorded at the Pistols infamous Denmark Street rehearsal room by their soundman John 'Boogie' Tiberi on a TEAC four-track.

He remembers (via AltSounds):

"John decided to work on 'Belsen' with Sid, rearranging the lyrics while Steve and Paul worked on the track and I wired up Denmark Street to put it down to a 4-track," remembers John Tiberi. "It really shouldn't have to be said but that's Sid on bass. It was very clumsy, no monitors, sound insulation was non-existent. I think they all enjoyed doing it outside of the Wessex environment, which had by then become quite oppressive. When I played it to (Pistols producer) Chris Thomas he probably thought I was barmy and couldn't understand the reverb vocal, but that's the way John wanted it. I thought it was good as a kind of sketch idea."

Producers of the box set say:

"The controversial subject matter and dark humour of the song was designed to upset and provok,  and is certainly an interesting footnote to the Sex Pistols' finite catalogue of songs."

'Belsen Was A Gas' feat. Johnny Rotten  

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