Acclaimed 80s Punk Movie Soundtrack ‘Sid & Nancy’ Receives Vinyl Reissue

July 14, 2017

The acclaimed soundtrack album spin-off from the 1986 cult movie Sid & Nancy is receiving a new vinyl reissue.

Sid & Nancy (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack) was originally issued through MCA to coincide with the box office release of director Alex Cox’s film. The plot details the star-crossed love affair between iconic Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his American girlfriend Nancy Spungen. This culminated in Spungen’s murder at New York’s Chelsea Hotel on 12 October 1978.  Though arraigned for her murder, Vicious never stood trial as he died of a drug overdose while out in bail in February 1979.

Sid & Nancy stars Gary Oldman as Sid and Chloe Webb as Nancy, with the supporting cast including David Hayman, Courtney Love and Kathy Burke. The movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986 and has since become a critically-hailed cult classic.  The Chicago Sun-Times referred to the titular couple as “punk rock’s Romeo & Juliet” while an Uncut retrospective praised Oldman’s “hugely sympathetic reading of the punk figurehead as a lost and bewildered manchild.”  The film later won industry accolades such as South America’s Sao Paulo International Film Festival Award.

Though devoid of music by Vicious or Sex Pistols, the Sid & Nancy soundtrack includes two contributions by Oldman (in character) on versions of The Stooges’ ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ and ‘My Way’ in addition to ‘Pleasure & Pain’, composed by Sex Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones. The Clash’s former frontman Joe Strummer, wrote and performed the film’s emotional titular song and there are also contributions from Pray For Rain, US hardcore punk trailblazers Circle Jerks, former The Velvet Underground legend John Cale and The Pogues.

The new vinyl edition of Sid & Nancy (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack) has been remastered from the original analogues and is pressed on 180g vinyl, faithfully reproducing the 1986 release. You can purchase it here.

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