As the Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle hit the streets, Lydon was limiting his public image, Matlock was EMI's Rich Kid & Sidney was dead from too much smack, it didn't look good for the cat burglar & the tea boy. Most people regarded Paul Cook & Steve Jones as just expendable bit players. But as this album proves, their steamroller brand of rock'n'roll was what made the Sex Pistols so electric. Right from the start, Jones's trademark chunky power chords explode all over these songs. With numbers like "Little Boys In Blue" & "Has Any Body Got An Alibi" storming along. The singles "1 2 3" & "Join The Professionals" are both worth buying this for alone, and also shows a move in the direction of London Calling type Clash stuff & Generation X who Cook & Jones had rehearsed with. "Friday Night Square" shows a darker side to vice than you would expect from Jones. "Mods Skins Punks" hi lights the explosion of sub culture around 1977-80, this seams to be a subject that punk groups brought up a bit as Vice Squad, The Cockney Rejects, Infa-Riot, Combat 84 & Chron Gen all tackled it. The Professionals didn't go on achieve anything partly due to Jones's heroin problem, which is a shame as "I Didn't See it Coming" is a great punk LP. If you like the Sex Pistols & have never heard The Professionals, think "Silly Thing (Jones Singing Vision) & "Lonely Boy" & buy it now.