What’s this, the Sex Pistols used in the Olympic opening soundtrack?
The opening ceremony was a sly celebration of dissent. Marching suffragettes, the Sex Pistols’ version of God Save the Queen, National Health Service nurses prancing at a time when the Tory-Liberal Coalition plans controversial spending cut-backs. All carefully woven into the fabric of the production so as not to offend the delicate sensibilities of the the International Olympic Committee overlords. — SMH
It would appear that the Sex Pistols are now socially acceptable with only a ‘sly celebration of dissent’ left to upset the moral majority. How different things were in 1975.
The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in 1975. They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians. Although their initial career lasted just two-and-a-half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, they are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music.
The Sex Pistols originally comprised vocalist Johnny Rotten, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassist Glen Matlock. Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious in early 1977. Under the management of impresario Malcolm McLaren, the band provoked controversies that took Britain by storm. Their concerts repeatedly faced difficulties with organizers and authorities, and public appearances often ended in mayhem. Their 1977 single “God Save the Queen”, attacking Britons’ social conformity and deference to the Crown, precipitated the “last and greatest outbreak of pop-based moral pandemonium”. — wikipedia
The only Pistols concert that I managed to catch was the 1996 ‘FILTHY LUCRE’ tour; this was a pretty memorable concert not only for the music but for Johnny Rotten’s witty repartee between songs.
And now for some music …
Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK
Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant