Anarchy In The UK Sex Pistols (1976)
Frustrated that his first band of irascible rogues were already on the brink of disbanding before they’d even started, 20- year-old John Lydon soulsearched his inner Rotten to write a lyric that would unify the Pistols in a common cause. The solution? “Get piiiiissed! Deeee-stroy!” If punk was only ever going to ignite by blowing a musical raspberry in the face of the establishment, Anarchy In The UK was as joyously rude a whopper as anyone dared fear in a country whose 1976 Saturday primetime viewing still consisted of The Black & White Minstrel Show. Steve Jones’s three-chord super yobbery fitted hand in glove with Lydon’s calculated pantomime villainy as antichrist, “anar- kyste” and general passerby-extinguisher. A revolution of nihilism, perhaps, its more prophetic observations are still sobering: has Lydon’s “future dream is a shopping scheme” ever sounded more poignant than in the High Street graveyard mega-mall Britain of 2018?
Sex Pistols: “blowing a musical raspberry in the face of the establishment.”