This day in HISTOROCK !!
In 1976, The Sex Pistols signed to EMI records for $68,000 !! The contract was terminated three months later with the label stopping production of the "Anarchy In The UK" single and deleting it from its catalogue. EMI later issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records because of the negative publicity generated over the last few months. For a band that only released one real album The Sex Pistols will go down in history as one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands in music history !! After being dropped by EMI, The Sex Pistols appeared on ITV's live early evening Today show replacing Queen, who had pulled out. While being interviewed and taunted by the press to say something outrageous, guitarist Steve Jones said, "You dirty bastard...you dirty fucker...what a fucking rotter!" This was a big deal back in the day. The Pistols were famous for making the news for being outrageous, but it turned out to be genius !! The band, famous for it's publicity stunts, wanted publicity and it didn't matter good or bad, they were anti-authority, anti-government and anti-royal family, so any publicity was good publicity !! On March 10,1977 on a table set up outside Buckingham Palace lol, they signed a new deal with A&M records, but due to pressure from other label artists and head office in LA, they were fired after only 6 days !! A&M had already pressed 25,000 copies of "God Save The Queen" and the band was paid $127,000. Virgin records decided to roll the dice and became the Pistols third label in a very short time !! On May 27,1977 the Sex Pistols' single “God Save the Queen” was released in the UK. It was banned by TV and radio and record shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No. 2 on the UK charts !! It also reached No. 1 on the NME charts. There have been persistent rumors over the years, that it was actually the biggest-selling single in the UK at the time, and the British Phonographic Industry conspired to keep it out of the No. 1 slot !! I was watching TV the other day and i heard the Sid Vicious version of "My Way" being used by a major car company in it's advertising !! How times have changed !! Cheers to the original and best punk band of all time and as they say "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" !! Here's the Sid Vicious version of "My Way" !! Enjoy !!
Keep on ROCKIN !!