Anarchy In The UK – Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK
Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK


Song Facts

Writers: Cook, Jones, Lydon, Matlock

Length: 3:31

Release Date: 26 November 1976

Chart Position (UK): 38

B-Side: I Wanna Be Me

Anarchy In The UK was the Pistols’ first release and the only single on the EMI label. EMI dropped the Pistols on 6 January 1977, a month after members of the the Bill Grundy incident when the band were incited to swear on live TV.

The song also appears on the 1977 Virgin album Never Mid The Bollocks.



  • Johnny Rotten – lead vocals
  • Steve Jones – guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Cook – drums
  • Glen Matlock – bass guitar, backing vocals

  • Chris Thomas – production
  • Bill Price – engineering, co-production

Anarchy In The UK

Right now.

Hah, ha, ha, hah

I am an Antichrist
I am an Anarchist
Don't know what I want but I know how to get it
I wanna destroy the passers by

'Cause I, I wanna be anarchy

No dog's body

Anarchy for the U.K. 
It's coming sometime and maybe
I give a wrong time, stop a traffic line
Your future dream is a shopping scheme

'Cause I, I wanna be anarchy

In the city

How many ways to get what you want?
I use the best, I use the rest
I use the N.M.E
I use anarchy

'Cause I, I wanna be anarchy
The only way to be

Is this the M.P.L.A?
Or is this the U.D.A?
Or is this the I.R.A?
I thought it was the U.K

Or just another country
(Another council tenancy)

I wanna be anarchy

And I wanna be anarchy

And I wanna be anarchist
I get pissed, destroy




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