"Pretty Vacant" saw the only appearance of the Sex Pistols on the BBC's famous Top Of The Pops
program, although they would probably not have been invited if the Beeb has realized the title is to be interpreted as "pretty va-cunt." The Pistols had already seen their debut single, "God Save The Queen
," banned by the BBC as well as by independent UK radio. Their debut album was also banned and in December 1976, they caused a furor by swearing overtly on an independent television news program well before the watershed, egged on by interviewer Bill Grundy.
Surprisingly, the riff for "Pretty Vacant" was inspired by a very unpunk song, the ABBA ballad "S.O.S.
Although it isn't quite as powerful as "God Save The Queen," the band's third release is a worthy contribution to the genre and to music. It was named Single Of The Year by New Musical Express
in 1977. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2)