The surprising fact that connects The Beatles “White Album” and the Sex Pistols “Nevermind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols”

Besides the great music both albums have, they are connected through a very important detail

The surprising fact that connects The Beatles “White Album” and the Sex Pistols “Nevermind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols”

Throughout Rock music history we have witnessed the most unexpected connections, but perhaps the one that connects The Beatles “White Album” to the Sex Pistols “Nevermind The Bollocks” makes the top of the list. It all started in 1967, 10 years before Punk broke, Chris Thomas a young musician and aspiring producer that declined to be the bass player for The Jimi Hendrix Experience before the band struck fame, was hired by The Beatles producer George Martin as an assistant, the following year, during the recording sessions of the famous “The Beatles” aka “White Album”, Martin decided to take a vacation and left a note to Thomas to take care of the album production while he was away. Though not credited, Thomas produced and played on on four songs in The Beatles album: Mellotron on “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill”, piano on “Long, Long, Long” and “Savoy Truffle”, and harpsichord on “Piggies”. Additionally he also supervised the recording of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. 8 years later, in 1976, the Sex Pistols enter the picture, Chris Thomas was first hired as producer for the Pistols debut single “Anarchy In The U.K” and later in 1977 for the album “Nevermind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols”, it is an amazing fact that in less than ten years he participated actively on the making of two historical groundbreaking albums in Rock history, but more surprisingly is that both albums were of bands that came from such different worlds as The Beatles and the Sex Pistols did. Perhaps for many Chris Thomas is not a name that the general music fan will automatically associate to any of these bands, though he is now highly regarded as a producer; aside of those two albums, Thomas helped on the production of The Beatles “Abbey Road”, programmed Moog Synthesizers for David Bowie’s first two albums, mixed Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” in 1973, produced several Roxy Music albums during the 1970’s such as “For Your Pleasure”, “Stranded” and “Siren”, “Grand Hotel” by Procol Harum, “Paris 1919” by John Cale, the INXS best seller “Kick” in 1987 and “X” in 1990, several Elton John albums including the singles “Blue Eyes”, “I’m Still Standing”, “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues”, “Sacrifice” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” by U2 and even some Brit Pop during the 1990’s with Pulp’s “Different Class” that included the hit “Common People”. Chris Thomas is now 70 and the latest album he produced was “Snapshot” by The Strypes in 2013.

Watch Chris Thomas winning the Best British Producer Award for INXS “X” at the Brit Awards, 1991″

Watch Chris Thomas, Billy Price and the Sex Pistols talking about the recording of “Nevermind The Bollocks”

 

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