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SEX – We Are Not in the Least Afraid of Ruins
Stranger Than Paradise Records
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October 14, 2022


Considered by many to be the birthplace of punk rock, Malcolm and Vivienne Westwood’s Kings Road boutique SEX was a place of legend, a place where revolutionaries of a different sort came together to plot and scheme. As such, the era needed a soundtrack, and there was perhaps no better one than what could be found on SEX’s now legendary jukebox. Marco Pirroni (Siouxsie and The Banshees and Adam and the Ants) was a frequent visitor to the shop then and something of an archivist now having collected various tracks from his earliest years played on that fateful box for the 2004 compilation “SEX: Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die”. Now Pirroni is back after nearly two decades with its follow-up, SEX – We Are Not in the Least Afraid of Ruins, which covers tracks from 1974-1976. From The Animals to Nico to Mott The Hoople, this was the sound of young London before punk tore everything up. Released by one of London's finest record stores today Stranger Than Paradise, the set is another essential document in music history.

Compiled again by Marco Pirroni (Adam and The Ants, Siouxsie and the Banshees)
Artwork supplied by Personality Crisis
Unpublished photographs from Jane England, a student at the time but already understood the cultural significance and beauty of both the shop and Jordan Mooney who the compilation is dedicated to.

“This is the second album of music from the jukebox at 430 Kings road Chelsea, this place was the center of my world from 1973 to early 1977 when I had to grow-up and move on. The tracks have nothing much to do with each other but in my mind, they all go together: Winifred Atwill and the Animals, Mott the Hoople and Max Bygraves have for the last 40 years become forever interlinked. Malcolm, Vivienne, Jordan, Steve Jones and Paul Cook (who would both put their favourite songs on the jukebox) all have a hand in it. In the internet age I still know almost nothing about these artists and I’ve never bothered to look them up. Sex: Vol 1 and 2 are to be played in the old-fashioned way. That is, you put them and listen all the way through (jukeboxes don’t have remotes). Hopefully, it will give a flavour of the time, when none of us who hung around in The scene later to be known as punk had the slightest clue what we were doing or why we we’re doing it. I could probably hazard a guess but it really doesn’t matter. Its nostalgia for a bygone age with a soundtrack from an even more bygone age. But I loved it all then and I love it now."

Marco Pirroni, 2022

“Just imagine being in this mystical clothes shop at any time during 1974-1976 and being part of what I saw as a place of creative ideas, like the cafés you’d have found in Russia or Prague where great philosophers used to churn over ideas and punch holes in the norm. Dark luxurious rubber clad walls with slogans that may be old but were still pertinent to US. At the end of this tunnel of decadence and the risqué was that jukebox. Filled with music to inspire and encourage you to dig deeper.”

Jordan Mooney

“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 Malcolm's stamp all over it with a selection of outsider, freaky misfits.”

Paul Cook

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