My Top 1000 Songs #274: Anarchy In The UK
So, hey, new king across the pond. How 'bout that?
Anyway, as noted previously, it was "Pretty Vacant" that introduced teenage me, somewhat belatedly, to the Sex Pistols. But since I didn't know it was a Pistols song, when I finally got around to buying Never Mind The Bollocks, "Anarchy In The UK" was the song I was most curious about. I'd never heard it (no airplay here in the US, or at least on the Midwestern FM radio stations I listened to), but I'd read a lot about it over the years. So naturally I expected something scary and dangerous. And what I got instead was a killer rock song that just happened to have about a thousand layers of crunchy guitars and Johnny Rotten's bile-filled yet mesmerizing wail. Noisy and brash and angry and fuck all, but also ridiculously catchy and funny and at heart just good old-fashioned rock & roll amped up a bit.
Still, half the song's magic lies in closing your eyes and trying to hear it in context. I just looked up the weekly survey from one of those afore-referenced Chicago stations the week "Anarchy" was released, and here are the Top 5 songs:
- Rod Stewart, Tonight's The Night
- Captain & Tennille, Muskrat Love
- Boston, More Than A Feeling
- Rick Dees, Disco Duck
- Firefall, You Are The Woman