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6 Music celebrates 30 years of punk with Pretty Ancient

BBC 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 Matlock (Phill 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 (Freak Zone, 5.00-8.00pm).


The punks' DJ Don Letts takes to the decks for a classic Roxy-era set (6 Mix, 8.00-10.00pm) 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.


Other archive 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 March, 9.00-10.00pm), 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.


From Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar alight, to the tabloid-filling antics of Pete Doherty, 6 Music wants to find that supreme moment of anarchy!


Notes to Editors


Tickets to 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


The competition will run from Monday 6 March until midnight on Wednesday 22 March.






Category: 6 Music
Date: 03.03.2006
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