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Playlist 31 May

Mickey Bradley | 09:43 UK time, Friday, 1 June 2012

Apologies for any offence caused by playing God Save The Queen just as celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee get underway. It is, indeed, too obvious. But what a record. How many other singles have caused such a row that the charts had to be manipulated so that it didn't get to number one? In its honour I reprise the song at the end of the show, playing the original title 'No Future' which was what we readers of the NME knew it as when it was just one of the songs the band played live. It's the demo that the band recorded in the basement studio of EMI in London in December 1976, while upstairs the board of the company were deciding to dump them from their label. While there, the Sex Pistols ran up the stairs to get their photograph taken leaning over the bannisters , the same pose the Beatles did for their first LP. Rattling the establishment while paying homage to the Fab Four. Who else ever did 'being in a band' with such style ?

Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen
Spongetones - She Goes Out With Everyone
Subhumans - Firing Squad
Stranglers - Sweden (All Quiet On The Eastern Front)
Deviants - Garbage
Re-Runs - Since You Gotta Cheat
Angelic Upstarts - Leave Me Alone
Expelaires - To See You
Nick Lowe - Cruel To Be Kind
lug Uglies - All Done In
Patti Smith - Piss Factory
Unclaimed - No Apologies
Sex Pistols - No Future


  • Comment number 1.

    What a record indeed. Everything about ‘God Save the Queen’ is perfect. Perfect sound and, most of all, the prefect kerfuffle it caused when it was released back in 77. And you played it twice in one show, Mickey!!.

    Is PlSS a BBC word?

  • Comment number 2.

    A great record. Difficult to buy though, I ended up with one on 'West Records' from Turkey I think. It helpfully has a flash across the corner saying, 'Punk Rock'...
    Terrific first episode of Punk Britannia!


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