The Ex Pistols
were a scam act introduced in 1979 by one-time Sex Pistols
producer Dave Goodman
after his services were substituted for those of professional producers. The Ex Pistols existed as a sound-alike band meant to mislead fans due to the similar music, name, and artwork, that led people to believe their songs were actually new or lost Sex Pistols recordings.
The Sex Pistols successfully sued and Dave Goodman was no longer allowed to use the name.
The first Ex Pistols release Land of Hope and Glory
was a punk rock version of the old English classic, Land of Hope and Glory
by Edward Elgar
. Not only did it confuse fans but it also caused legal trouble between Goodman
and the publisher of the original piece, Boosey & Hawkes
The next recordings would appear on numerous Sex Pistols compilation albums including the songs "Schools Are Prisons" and "Revolution in the Classroom
The "band" re-appeared in 1988 with an album released in Japan, The Swindle Continues
. The album was made up of the band performing Ex and Sex Pistols tracks. It came in the form of a double picture disc collectable LP, and was also released in plain vinyl form (and later, CD).
In 1992 their tracks surfaced again on a limited promo album, Deny
. The album consisted entirely of original Ex Pistols tracks, and was never merchandised but instead given to fans of the Sex Pistols or left in Virgin stores with a "Free" sticker.
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