1977 was a crazy time for Britain. The country was struggling to maintain the upswing of the sixties and where London had felt like the centre of the world only a few years ago, it now stank with the disrepair of a country running on empty. If there was one band determined to shake Britain out of its slumber it was The Sex Pistols.
A band born out of the London punk scene, a scene built and crafted by the creative in London’s West End and more importantly Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s boutique shop ‘SEX’. It was there that the ethos of punk had been expertly crafted out of ripped fabric and safety pins.
By the summer of 77 the Sex Pistols had already left an indelible mark on British society. Their song ‘God Save The Queen’ had rumbled HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s jubilee as the band tore down the Thames screaming their desperate need for revolution. It was a song which sent shockwaves across the nation and was therefore routinely banned by radio and television stations – BBC was no different, stopping the band performing the no.2 single on the famous Top of the Pops weekly chart show.
However that all changed 41 years ago today when the band screened the promo video for their next single ‘Pretty Vacant’ – a lip-synching festival of ‘fuck you’ to the establishment.
It was a momentous occasion for the band, being able to break through the walls put in front of them, but more importantly for the youth of Britain who had finally found the band who would shock their parents out of their armchairs.
Take a look at the ‘shocking’ video below and imagine just how sensational the band must’ve been to the audience of 1977. There’s also an added bonus of the band performing the same track in 1997.