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Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the U.K. – 1976

About The Song

“Anarchy in the U.K.” is a punk rock anthem by the English band Sex Pistols, released in 1976 as their debut single. It marked a pivotal moment in the punk rock movement and is recognized as one of the genre’s defining tracks.

Five facts about “Anarchy in the U.K.”:

  1. Punk Anthem: “Anarchy in the U.K.” is considered a punk rock anthem and a quintessential representation of the punk movement’s rebellious spirit. It captures the disillusionment and frustration of the youth in the mid-1970s.
  2. Release and Impact: The single was released on November 26, 1976, and had an immediate impact, resonating with a generation looking for a musical expression of their discontent. It played a crucial role in shaping the punk rock scene in the UK.
  3. Lyrics and Provocation: The lyrics, written by Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten (John Lydon), are characterized by anti-establishment sentiments and a desire for anarchy. The song’s provocative nature led to it being banned by the BBC, further fueling its notoriety.
  4. Produced by Chris Thomas: “Anarchy in the U.K.” was produced by Chris Thomas, who had previously worked with acts like The Beatles and Pink Floyd. The polished production of the track, combined with its raw energy, contributed to its distinctive sound.
  5. Cover Art Controversy: The single’s cover art featured a defaced image of Queen Elizabeth II, with safety pins through her nose and swastikas in her eyes. This caused considerable controversy and contributed to the Sex Pistols’ reputation for challenging societal norms and provoking authorities.



Right now

I am an Antichrist
And I am an anarchist
Don’t know what I want
But I know how to get it
I wanna destroy the passerby

‘Cause I
Wanna be
No dogsbody

Anarchy for the U.K.
It’s coming sometime and maybe
I give a wrong time, stop a traffic line
Your future dream is a shopping scheme

‘Cause I
I wanna be
In this city

How many ways to get what you want
I use the best
I use the rest
I use the enemy
I use anarchy

‘Cause I
Wanna be
It’s the only way to be

Is this the M.P.L.A. or
Or is this the U.D.A. or
Or is this the I.R.A.?
I thought it was the U.K.

Or just
Another council tenacy

I wanna be
And I wanna be
Know what I mean
And I wanna be
Get pissed