Anarchy In The U.K.


As I write my neighbours’ 16 year old son loops Sex Pistols Anarchy in the U.K. at high volume. Young neighbour prompted my speakers to blare Sex Pistols in solidarity. Truth is, neighbour kid made my day.

I was 16 in October 1976 when Sex Pistols recorded Anarchy in the U.K. Sex Pistols didn’t register in rural Canada, small town AM radio played top 40 mainstream rock sprinkled with Country & Western hits. A friend’s older brother home from university introduced me to punk rock, I was transformed. Anarchy in the U.K. expanded sheltered perspectives, broadened horizons, made every neck & arm hair stand at attention.

Over 40 years later another 16 year old discovered the Sex Pistols. Different time, place and circumstance, but no less impactful. Kudos to you neighbour kid, play music as loud as you like.

4 thoughts on “Anarchy In The U.K.

  1. I also have the album.
    My brother saw them at a club called Quaintways in Chester and got Johnny Rotten’s autograph on a paper plate.
    He complained Sid Vicious spat at him!

    On a similar note: At my son’s 18th party at our spot one of his female friends came up to me and asked to look through my record collection. Of course, I said.
    Twenty minutes later she returned and in an awestruck voice said.
    ”Wow, I can’t believe it. you’ve got an original copy of Led Zeppelin II”.

    Ah … kids!
    When we wos young, right?

    • It tickles my heart every time a innocent young thing discovers music I love and claims it for themselves. Sigh.
      Never caught the Sex Pistols live, that’s not to say I wasn’t sprayed in spit froth by many a punk band. 🙂

      • It probably happens with every generation.
        I distinctly remember being confused and then filled with ”respect” upon discovering the very straight-laced father of one of my best friends was a Santana fanatic.
        I was about 16 or 17 and I had popped to his house for a visit and upon entering the kitchen Caravanserai was playing.
        Not once before had I heard music other than what my mate Graham listened to. And I knew all his records.
        I asked Graham when he bought it and he replied it was bis dad’s.

        I was gobsmacked!

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