1977

Album: 1977 Revisited (1977)

Songfacts®:

  • 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. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments: 2

  • Philip Golden from Los AngelesTopper Headon very clearly did not contribute to writing this song, as he wasn't in the band yet.
  • Jeff from London, United KingdomGreat lyric, especially the end "In 1984."
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