THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
92-Sex Pistols-Anarchy in the UK.
1976-Number 36 single.
Best Bit-At 2.01.I can recall doing a teenagers disco in a village hall shortly after this song first came out.From out of nowhere the local village policeman,a middle aged man from what I remember came up to me and politely but firmly asked me not to play this song again as it was according to him offensive and not the sort of thing young people should be listening to.When I think of some of the songs I play today,I realise how times and attitudes have changed.
Anarchy is society without government or law,but the songs writer John Lydon(Johnny Rotten) isn’t actually advocating anarchy.He has said,’I have always thought that anarchy is mind games for the middle class.It also offers no answers and I hope in my songwriting I’m offering some kind of answer to a thing,rather than spitefully wanting to wreck everything for no reason at all.’
The songs lyrics mention the ‘MPLA,’ a political group in Angola,the ‘UDA,’ the loyalist supporters in the 1970’s Northern Ireland conflict and the ‘IRA,’ The Irish Republican Army,who opposed Britain and were in favour of unification in Northern Ireland.
Lydon(see also best songs 967-576 and 323) also sings,’I use the enemy,’ which is a play on words,he actually means the ‘NME,’ A British magazine called ‘New Musical Express.’The Sex Pistols definitely used them for lots of publicity.
‘I thought it was the UK.or just another country,another council tenancy.’
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