Once believed long lost, a “legendary” demo of Sex Pistols’ highly controversial song “Belsen Was a Gas” has now surfaced on the Internet.
Reportedly penned by Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious before he joined the influential punk rock band, the song is about a Nazi concentration camp in Germany. Until recently, only live recordings and a soundtrack version featuring train robber Ronnie Biggs on vocals had existed.
The original demo version of the song features band frontman Johnny Rotten on vocals and Vicious on bass. Rotten later admitted the song had been in poor taste — even for a band infamous for their unapologetic shock tactics and controversial music.
According to music magazine NME, the demo track has been restored and will feature on the box set deluxe reissue of the band’s seminal album “Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols.”
The box set is out on Sept. 24th in celebration of the iconic album’s 35th anniversary.