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Live In Session / Sex Pistols Test Pressings Of The Single Anarchy In The UK/I Wanna Be Me, 1976,

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Sex Pistols: Test Pressings Of The Single Anarchy In The UK/I Wanna Be Me,
14 June 2022, 13:00 BST
London, Knightsbridge

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Sex Pistols: Test Pressings Of The Single Anarchy In The UK/I Wanna Be Me,

EMI 2566, two single-sided 7inch discs, white labels with handwritten recording details in black ballpoint, A-side label also with faint date 17th NOV in felt-tip pen, four-pronged centres, matrices EMI 2566 A-1/EMI 2566B-2, in plain white die-cut sleeve with matrix number, stamped 17 Nov 1976 and with John Peel's handwritten track timing and band name


"Well, I think you'll find this programme is in rather marked contrast to the programme that has preceded it, because tonight we are going to have a look at punk rock"
- John Peel on the John Peel Show 'Punk Special', 10 December 1976

The Sex Pistols' debut single, 'Anarchy In The UK' was played twice on the John Peel Show before it was reported to have been unceremoniously banned from UK radio. This was a reaction to the band's famously expletive-filled TV appearance on Today With Bill Grundy, but the criticism came too late to stop the record's seismic impact on British music and culture. The single was later featured on John Peel's ground-breaking 'Punk Special' broadcast. 'Anarchy In The UK' was an enduring favourite among John Peel's listenership, topping his 'Festive Fifty' playlist between 1978-1980, and again in 1981.

The handwritten label for the B-side credits Chris Thomas as Producer rather than Dave Goodman, a credit error which carried over into the initial pressings of the single before being corrected.

This test pressing was selected by Don Letts for his Record Box selection from the John Peel Archive:


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