It was released as the band's debut single on 26 November and was later featured on their album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. Originally issued in a plain black sleeve, the single was the only Sex Pistols recording released by EMI , and reached number 38 on the UK Singles Chart before EMI dropped the group on 6 January , a month after members of the band used profanity during a live television broadcast. This version later surfaced on the Sex Pistols bootleg album Spunk. In the documentary The Filth and the Fury , John Lydon described the composition of the song's opening lyrics, explaining that the best rhyme he could devise for the first line, "I am an Antichrist ", was the second line, "I am an anar chiste ". Lydon confirmed that he is not an anarchist in a interview.
Anarchy in the U.K. - Sex Pistols | Song Info | AllMusic
Sign In Register. Artist: Sex Pistols. I am an anti-Christ I am an anarchist Don't know what I want I know how to get it I wanna destroy the passer by 'Cause I wanna be anarchy Anarchy for the UK It's comin' sometime and maybe I give a wrong time stop a traffic line Your future dream is a shopping scheme 'Cause I wanna be anarchy It's in the city How many ways to get what you want? Is this the UDA? Is this the IRA?
The album has influenced many bands and musicians, and the industry in general. In particular, the album's raw energy, and Johnny Rotten 's sneering delivery and "half-singing", are often considered game-changing. It is frequently listed as the most influential punk album, and one of the most important albums of all time. By the time of its release, the Sex Pistols were controversial, having sworn on live TV, been fired from two record labels, and been banned from playing live in some parts of Britain.
The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in Although their initial career lasted just two and a half years, they are regarded as one of the most groundbreaking acts in the history of popular music. They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians. Their fashion and hairstyles have been credited as a significant influence on punk image , and they are often associated with anarchism within music.