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John Lydon Reflects On Inspiration For Sex Pistols Hit Anarchy In The UK

01/05/2016
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(Classic Rock) John Lydon has recalled the political landscape and inter-band tensions that inspired the Sex Pistols hit Anarchy In The UK. As the 1976 single approaches the 40th anniversary of its release in November, Pistols frontman Lydon - aka Johnny Rotten - says it was about the band's own problems as much as it was about the country's issues.

He tells Mojo: "Anarchy In The UK came from all the despondencies and discrepancies within the band in the early days. There were some really bad moments and everyone was always on the verge of quitting, except me.

"I felt under serious pressure - and so did others, I think - and was trying to coin phrases and write words that would unite us as a band, as we were so bitterly opposed to each other and Anarchy In The UK was the end result."

Social unrest also played its part in Lydon's writing process though. He adds: "The ideas in that song had been rattling around in my head for years, but I had never had an outlet. Then there I was all of a sudden, a singer in a band.

"The people running the country at that time were running it into the ground, with a pompous us-and-them attitude that Margaret Thatcher would come to exemplify. Young people were constantly being told that they had no future." Read more here.

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