26 November: On this day in 1976, Sex Pistols awake a nation with their debut 7” single 'Anarchy In The UK' - which is released and printed by EMI. The media decide to deride it to death with negative reviews across the papers, and radio stations ban it from their playlists. It still reaches No.38 in the UK Top 40 charts before the label are forced to withdraw it.
With just one song, Sex Pistols make music history. 39 years have now passed since the first of many ground-breaking messages of the Pistols. A song that simply said fuck you to the authority, ‘Anarchy in the UK’ instilled not only anarchy across the country, but inspired so many bands across the world to pick up their instruments for the first time, and introduced a generation to the voice of punk.
Today, it might sound quite normal, but back in 1976, it caused heads to explode, conservatives to cry havoc, and the nation’s media to scream out with disgust and fear. Luckily, clearer heads prevailed, as it caused a movement of youth to rise. Here’s a list of some of the best bands to emerge from the wake of the Seventies due to the Pistols and 'Anarchy'.