Sex Pistols to Release Limited Edition ‘Pretty Vacant’ 7″ Vinyl for Record Store Day

The Sex Pistols have announced that the band will release a very special version of Pretty Vacant as a limited edition 7” single on April 20th for Record Store Day.


The A-Side is a previously unreleased version of Pretty Vacant recorded live at the Hammersmith Apollo on 2nd September 2008.  Featuring a ‘Country & Western’ style intro it, as John Lydon says, “brings out the c*nt in country”.

The flip-side is a 1977 mono mix of Pretty Vacant which was only previously available on an American promo of the single.

The 3,500 limited edition, numbered 7”s come in a faithfully replicated version of the original American promo.

Pretty Vacant was originally released in July 1977 and was the third single taken from Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols.  Another masterpiece, the single, with its rallying cry ‘and we don’t care!’ swept the nation.

ARTIST: Sex Pistols
TITLE: Pretty Vacant (Country & Western 2008 live) / Pretty Vacant (1977 Mono Mix)
CAT. NO/ UPC:  SexPiss1977(5) / 00602537328499
FORMAT: 7” Limited Edition Vinyl (3,500 numbered)

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Fire Records to reissue debut from Half Japanese for Record Store Day

Half Japanese, Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts
Half Japanese, Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts

Fire Records are due to reissue the ultra-rare debut from Half Japanese, Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts on a limited run of 1000 copies for Record Store Day (20 April 2013).

The box set contains a whole extra LP of material not released on this format, as well as a fold out A3 poster, 32 page booklet and download card. A 3xCD version will also be available containing a whole CD of extra material.

Listen to this previously unreleased track “Fool’s Paradise” here.

In 1974 Jad Fair, along with his brother David, co-founded the lo-fi alternative rock group Half Japanese. Over the ensuing three decades, Half Japanese released fourteen albums (which are all due to be reissued on Fire Records throughout 2013), and in the process, attracted a solid base of fans passionate about the band’s pure, unbridled enthusiasm for rock and roll.

Fire’s reissue series begins with Half Japanese’s first album Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts, a collection of the Fair brothers earliest home recordings, originally released as a homemade three LP box set. These stretch their DIY, lo-fi ethos to the limits featuring sound experiments cobbled together from guitar noise, electronics and odd effects, whilst throwing in some barely recognizable covers (such as tracks by The Temptations, Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan).

Over the years Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts became something of a cult legend, partly helped by it’s scarcity and foreshadowed much of the lo-fi movement of early 90s indie rock.

In 1995, Rolling Stone magazine chose the Half Japanese album “Half Gentlemen / Not Beasts” as one of the top 100 most influential Alternative albums and Spin Magazine’s Alternative Record Guide states; “Half Japanese assumed it was the greatest Rock and Roll band on the planet. It was often right.”

Fire’s reissue will feature new packaging, artwork, liner notes and design by Jad and David Fair as well as never released extra tracks. The CD package will include three discs and there will be four LPs in the vinyl version. This rare and much sought after treasure will now be available for all to enjoy and for fans to relish.