Although already beginning to make waves, it was their coming together with a budding producer/engineer by the name of Dave Goodman in early April 1976 at the Nashville Rooms in West Kensington that would set them on their way.
Despite his being a happy-go-lucky inveterate hippie at heart, Goodman was savvy enough to recognize a wind of change was in the air and readily offered his services. Over the coming months, Goodman not only bore witness to the birth of punk, he undeniably helped shape its sound.
In essence, Dave Goodman’s demo recordings capture the Pistols in their incandescent creative ascendancy and at their rough ’n’ ready best.
The Sex Pistols’ ill-fated January ’78 U.S. tour was set to climax at the cavernous, 5,400-capacity sold out Winterland Ballroom by far the biggest venue the Pistols had played to date.
By the time the Pistols arrived in San Francisco, they’d fragmented into two camps.
The Pistols had largely avoided the media during the tour, but these radio interviews convey the fraught tensions between the band.
And the rest, as they say, is history…