For the first time ever on vinyl, the legendary compilation of Jukebox cuts from Malcolm and Vivienne's King's Road SEX boutique.
Curated by SEX shop regular Marco Pirroni (Siouxsie & The Banshees, Adam & the Ants), we are proud to present a hand-selected treasure trove of underground/outsider classics – all of which were on heavy rotation throughout the mid-70s in the hugely influential shop.
Originally released in 2003 on OLLA records, our 2020 Stranger Than Paradise Records edition - pressed by The Vinyl Factory
in London - includes updated artwork plus testimonials from Marco Pirroni, Don Letts, Jon Savage, Jordan, Paul Cook, and Manicured Noise’s Steven Walsh.
It's been a go-to album for us for years on many a late night, many a road trip, any excuse really. So with our CD copies worn out and our crossed fingers aching for a vinyl release for all this time, we thought: Why not do it ourselves?
SEX is released on the 13th of November 2020 on standard 2LP, CD and an exclusive LTD vinyl edition...
If you've ever seen our shop at Christmas, you know we like to go all out. So we decided to press a very limited special edition of the record - on "dildo" pink vinyl, naturally. The 1,000 copies worldwide pressing also features a spot varnish gatefold sleeve with embossed SEX logo and a bonus dinked jukebox 45 with two extra exclusive tracks, selected by Marco Pirroni and released for the first time on 7".
We knew we had to launch our Stranger Than Paradise Records label with a bang, and what better than this: an album close to our hearts and with links to the shop (with Screamin' Jay Hawkins' 'I Put A Spell On You' used prominently in the Jim Jarmusch film which we owe our name to).
This is the first of many exciting releases to come, so watch this space...
Read a couple of the testimonials from our updated liner notes to whet your appetites below:
“…in my all-important role as ‘Sex’ shop layabout 1974-1976, it was my self-appointed duty to sit around and do nothing except be snide about everyone who came into the shop and continually play my favourite 20 records on the jukebox over and over again, until Jordan or Michael could stand no more and pulled the plug out of the wall……
"I had never heard of any of the 19 artists who had made my 20 favorite records (I still haven’t) and couldn’t imagine what they were thinking when they made them (I still can’t) but whatever it was they were thinking, they believed it - body and soul - and were making the records they wanted to make against all odds, including at times their own lack of talent. The one thing I learnt from those days was that it’s more important for an artist to be actively discouraged than encourage"
Siouxsie & The Banshees, Adam & the Ants
"Memories of a jukebox. The first thing we did when going into the shop was head to the jukebox and fire up some music. It was great listening to all those 50’s/60’s tracks and it was a bit of an education music wise. Blasting out great Rock’n’Roll, Garage / Rebel Rock, it had to be the coolest jukebox in London at the time and we’d spend hours hanging around, digging the scene and looking cool. As time went by we’d add our own 45’s into the mix but the jukebox choice had Malcom’s stamp all over it with a selection of outsider, freaky misfits. ..Long live outsider, freaky misfits and R’n’Rollz"
The Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
The Creation - Through My Eyes
Clarence "Frogman" Henry - Ain't Got No Home
Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action
The Spades - You're Gonna Miss Me
The Castaways - Liar Liar
The Strangeloves - Night time
Vince Taylor - Brand New Cadillac
Arthur Alexander - You Better Move On
Alice Cooper - I'm Eighteen
The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire
Screaming Lord Sutch And The Savages - Monster In Black Tights
The Troggs - I Can't Control Myself
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
The Sonics - Have Love Will Travel
Johnny Hallyday - Joue Pas De Rock'n'Roll Pour Moi
Loretta Lynn - The Pill
The Spades - We Sell Soul
Jackie And The Starlites - Valerie
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner (Once)
A: Ian Hunter - Once Bitten, Twice Shy
B: Jerry Byrne - Lights Out