Sex Pistols

On This Day: The Sex Pistols Get Banned By BBC

“There are not many songs written over baked beans at the breakfast table that went on to divide a nation and force a change in popular culture.”

– Johnny Rotten

The release of Sex Pistols‘ “God Save The Queen”, timed to coincide with Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee, was met with both disdain and admiration. It resulted in a mountain of negative press, something that manager Malcolm McLaren was pining for.

It was on this day in 1977 that the song was banned from radio airplay on BBC. While it would’ve been the final nail in the coffin for any old pop song, “God Save The Queen” was not any old pop song: this ‘anti-establishment’ record getting kiboshed by the broadcaster resulted in an uproar against the BBC. If music fans couldn’t hear this controversial record on the radio, they would find other ways to listen.

The BBC cited the lyrics as “gross bad taste”–a criticism the band was more than happy with. Even with retailers like Woodworth refusing to carry the record, it flew off store shelves wherever it was available, selling 150,000 copies a day over the course of a week. It peaked at #2, only behind Rod Stewart’s “I Don’t Want To Talk About It.” Even the official charts refused to publish the song name.

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PiL (Public Image Ltd.): Johnny Rotten Breaks New Ground Post-Sex Pistols

Public Image Ltd. has announced a brand-new box set, The Public Image Is Rotten, featuring the PiL Singles Collection, B-sides, Rarities and Radio Sessions, 12 Mixes, Unreleased Mixes and Tracks + a Live concert from New York Ritz in July 1989.

Click here to pre-order the 6LP edition or 5CD+DVD edition.


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Joey Ramone

Remembering Joey Ramone

Joey Ramone passed away 17 years today. The news shocked the world: a pillar of the punk explosion across the globe, Ramone defied conventional thinking and challenge the concept of music.

The punk scene reached new heights in the 1970s. While The Sex Pistols, led by Johnny Rotten, were taking over the UK, Joey Ramone & the Ramones were putting New York on the map. While Rotten was confrontational and in-your-face, Ramone was solemn, but his message was still menacing. His ability to call upon a generation and speak to youth outcasted by society was powerful. While the Ramones wouldn’t see the commercial heights of The Clash or Sex Pistols, this underground mystique almost adds to their legacy. They weren’t for the masses, and fans wanted it to stay that way.

Joey Ramone was born Jeffry Hyman on May 19, 1951 and formed the band as a young adult in the early 70s. They started to form a song structure that had yet to exist–it was fast, the length was short, and the delivery always packed a megawatt punch. He started out as the drummer but moved to lead vocals prior to the release of their self-titled debut album.

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The Ramones Play First Show EVER!

Two years before their debut album came out, the Ramones were just starting to shape their sound.

The band played its first show on March 30, 1974… even though it wasn’t a proper concert. The Ramones used a rehearsal space on Manhattan’s East 20th Street (aka Performance Studios) to play an intimate show to friends and associates.

Joey Ramone was playing drums then–it wasn’t until Tommy Erdelyi joined the band on percussion that Joey could step into the spotlight.

Erdelyi was actually AT that first show 44 years ago–talk about a brush with fate!

To celebrate this occasion, take a look at a Ramones performance from 1978 to fully get in the spirit, and let us know your earliest memory of the band in the comments below!

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Listen To The Replacements Cover T-Rex’s “Baby Strange” Back In 1986

In advance of the release of the ReplacementsFor Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986, Rhino Records has revealed a cover of T-Rex’s 1972 hit “Baby Strange.”

Recorded at the iconic Hoboken, New Jersey club, the live album features the band right after major label debut Tim dropped. The 29-song set is the first live album from the Replacements since 1985’s The Shit Hits The Fans.

Take a listen below:

For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986 will drop on October 6. (more…)

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