Watch Sex Pistols Make Their TV Debut In ‘So It Goes’ Back in 1976
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The Sex Pistols made their TV debut in 1976 on “So It Goes” – a show hosted by TV personality Tony Wilson. Sid Vicious was not yet part of the group. Filmed on August 28 and broadcast on September 4, 1976, it was chaotic to say the least and a glimpse of things to come. The band launched into a fiery and furious performance of “Anarchy In The UK”. It was raw and intense, and the audience most like didn’t know what hit them. Watch their epic number below.
“Anarchy in the U.K.” is The Sex Pistols’ debut single and featured on the LP “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.” Upon its release, it caused quite a controversy. Although the band was anti-establishment, they clarified that the song didn’t exactly advocate anarchy.
Frontman John Lydon told Rolling Stone, “I have always thought that anarchy is mind games for the middle class. It’s a luxury. It can only be afforded in a democratic society, therefore kind of slightly f–king redundant.”
“It also offers no answers and I hope in my songwriting I’m offering some kind of answer to a thing,” he explained, “rather than spitefully wanting to wreck everything for no reason at all, other than it doesn’t suit you.”