On this day in 1976….

….workers at EMI records went on strike, refusing to package the Sex Pistols single ‘Anarchy In The UK.’

They say that the ‘past is a different country, they do things differently there’, this story about the workers at EMI in Hayes who went on strike rather than have a hand in the ‘filth and the fury’ that was the Sex Pistols debut ’45 surely confirms this?

It’s hard to comprehend from a 2016 perspective that a ‘pop’ record could have such a polarising effect – it would seem that the Pistols did indeed represent the coming wave and your regular rank and file EMI employee were having none of it. I think there are also stories about the Pistols harassing employees, being sick, and well, basically being the Sex Pistols, so I guess this coupled with a song whose opening line ‘I Am An Anti-Christ’ probably didn’t help either!

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one of the former EMI buildings where the ‘strike’ took place

…and here’s the record, any excuse!

If you’re looking for vintage Sex Pistols vinyl, CDs, memorabilia and more, be sure to visit eil.com to see what ‘filth and fury’ we currently have in stock

 

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