The Sex Pistols’ Single ‘Anarchy In The UK.’
Above Photo: Anarchic Wall Wit.
The word “Anarchy” was made Punk-famous when The Sex Pistols released their single Anarchy in the UK in late 1976, when they were signed to EMI Records. It means living in a state of lawlessness without a central authority.
The Pistols’ song was a call to arms to disaffected British youth, although it was reviled by the mainstream music and cultural press, especially following the band’s legendary foul-mouthed debut on a British TV show a month before the single appeared.
It was the Sex Pistols’ only EMI release, as they were promptly fired from the label after their Bill Grundy appearance, an event I recount in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!
I also really liked the B side of the single, I Wanna Be Me, which, when I first heard it back then, left me in musical shock, comparing it to the usual mainstream shit in the charts. A raw, threatening guitar intro and still a classic Punk song: I was an immediate Punk convert.
In retrospect, the band couldn’t have devised a better single or more appropriate message to propel Punk into Tabloid Outrage than their Anarchy single, which was quickly followed by their even more infamous Anarchy tour, which I wrote about here:
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There’s some great original Sex Pistols’ footage in this You Tube video of Anarchy In The UK: