One of rock history’s great lost albums, featuring some of the finest songwriting talents of the pop and punk worlds.
Clem Burke says:
“Chequered Past was me and Nigel Harrison from Blondie, Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols and a couple of other people. Gary Gersh from EMI signed us and then went on to manage Nirvana.”
“We walked in and they said, ‘We don’t care about hits, we don’t care about sales, we’re happy to have you guys on the label, you have free rein.’ And we completely blew it, because Steve Jones was still addicted to heroin.”
“He’s a great guy and a friend of mine, but we flew him into LA from New York and as soon as his plane landed he said, ‘The first thing I need to do is get some heroin.’ We were like, ‘We thought you didn’t do that any more?’ He went to rehab and got well, and we made the record, but everything went off the rails again. That band really fell between the cracks.”