Music celebrates 30 years of punk with Pretty Ancient
6 Music will be celebrating
30 years of punk from Thursday 30 March to Sunday 2 April
2006 with four days of special programmes, guests, and a live
event at the 100 Club.
"At the 100 Club show Lydon
got off the stage during our set. He left the venue and waited
at the bus stop of the number 73 to go home. Malcolm went upstairs,
bollocked him and said: 'If you don't get back on the stage now
you are out of the band.' He came skulking back in and glared,
but carried on." Glen Matlock
On 30 March 1976, the Sex Pistols
clambered on to the stage at London's legendary 100 Club for the
very first time.
The lead singer John Lydon was drunk - ranting and
spitting up phlegm between songs - and the animosity between
Lydon and bassist Glen Matlock threatened to spill out into a fight.
This chaotic debut could have been their last performance
- and they were eventually banned from the 100 Club - but the Sex
Pistols finished the set, with a couple of encores, and spent the
next 18 months leading a powerful assault against the rock establishment.
Since that gig numerous music fans have claimed to
have been at a venue with a capacity of only 300.
Those who were
really there witnessed one of the first steps in an explosive
career that changed the musical climate of the UK. BBC
6 Music celebrates the anniversary of this seminal gig exactly three
decades after it happened.
The live event at the 100 Club will feature
the high-octane, sparkling punk classics of The Rezillos, chaotic
new punk rockers Dustin's Bar Mitzvah, and a chance to get
onstage and grab the mic for live Punk Rock Karaoke.
On-air highlights include the real story of the Pistols'
first show at the 100 Club from bassist Glen
Jupitus, Thursday 30 March, 7.00-10.00am) and an interview
with drummer Paul
Cook (Tom Robinson's Evening
Sequence, Thursday 30 March, 7.00-9.00pm).
John Robb will track down the punk
heroes from the last 30 years in Punk: An Oral History (Phill Jupitus,
Friday 31 March 7.00-10.00am) whilst
Andrew Czezowski, punk guru and legendary owner
of The Roxy club will retrace his steps around the punk haunts
of London (The
Music Week, Friday 31 March, 7.00-8.00pm).
Andrew Collins revisits the changing
UK chart of 1976 (6 Music Chart,
Saturday 1 April, 4.00-6.00pm), Bruce Dickinson draws
a line between punk and rock with classic album tracks and sessions
(Rock Show, Saturday
1 April 9.00pm-midnight) while Robert Elms discusses
the connection between punk, soul and reggae fashions with The
Way We Wore (Craig Charles, Friday
31 March 8.00-11.00pm).
On Sunday 2 April, Stuart Maconie considers
the more obscure side to punk and meets one of the bands that took
the movement in another direction - Wire
The punks' DJ Don Letts takes
to the decks for a classic Roxy-era set (6
and the man credited with producing the first punk
single and countless other Stiff Records classics,
Nick Lowe, is profiled in Marc
Riley's Mint (10.00pm-midnight).
Over the four days listeners can hear artists including
The Rifles, Josh Rouse, Flipron
featuring Rat Scabies and Jimbob perform their favourite punk covers in Unpunked.
The Rezillos will drop by the 6
Music Hub, the morning after
their headline set at the 100 Club, to perform
some live tracks (Gideon Coe,
Friday 31 March, 10.00-1.00pm).
There are specially recorded
contributions from the Buzzcocks, The
Damned, Danny Baker,
Danny Kelly, Dotun Adebayo, Dave
Gorman and archive material
from U2, Billy Idol, John
Lydon, Malcolm McLaren,
Jimmy Pursey, and Morrissey.
highlights include Phill Jupitus introducing one of the
most explosive tales in music history in The
Sid Vicious Story (6
Music Plays it Again, Thursday 30
a vintage live performance from
The Ramones (Nemone's
Dream Ticket, 10.00pm-1.00am) and John
Peel discussing the explosion of punk via his Radio
1 sessions in Peeling Back the Years (Saturday
1 April, 3.00-4.00am).
Listeners will be able to test their anarchic attitude
with 6 Music's online punk-o-meter and
are invited to nominate their favourite punk moment
from music history.
Hendrix setting his guitar alight, to the tabloid-filling
antics of Pete Doherty, 6
Music wants to find that supreme moment of anarchy!
the exclusive gig at the 100 Club on Thursday 30 March
can be won by entering
BBC 6 Music's competition (call 08700 100 600 or go to bbc.co.uk/6music).
The competition will
run from Monday 6 March until midnight on Wednesday 22