On December 1, 1976, the Sex Pistols appeared on the Today
show, a local news programme for London, as a last minute substitute for Queen. Host Bill Grundy, a classical music fan, had nothing but contempt for the band and their entourage, and after goading them, they swore repeatedly including the dreaded F word. Punk had arrived.
Co-written by lead guitarist Mick Jones and rhythm guitarist Joe Strummer, "1977" announced this new era: no Elvis, Beatles or Rolling Stones here. The latter would come true literally, because Elvis Presley died August 16 the same year. This short, snappy song was the B Side of "White Riot
" but did not appear on the band's eponymous debut album which was released April 8.