MEGADETH: 'Anarchy' Request Denied By SEX PISTOLS Frontman

According to, SEX PISTOLS frontman Johnny Rotten (a.k.a John Lydon) has reportedly refused to give permission for the lyrics to the PISTOLS' "Anarchy in the U.K." to be used in the forthcoming new complete MEGADETH anthology.

Rotten was reportedly quoted as saying, "They got them wrong the first time round so there's no reason to believe they'll get them right this time." (MEGADETH covered the song on their 1988 album "So Far, So Good...So What", with famously incorrect lyrics — "...and other council tendencies" was sung as "...and other cunt-like tendencies.")

According to, "Anarchy in the U.K." was the first single by the punk band the SEX PISTOLS in 1976, and is thus frequently considered to be the first punk single. Although it only reached number 38 on the U.K. pop charts, its long-term influence was substantial. The group's follow-up single, "God Save The Queen" reached number 2. Both songs later appeared on the album "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols".

The song's lyrics espouse a nihilistic, emotive, and violent concept of anarchy that does not correspond to the views of any major trend of anarchist philosophy. The lyrics can be interpreted as satirical, mocking not only the government but also directionless or purely fashionable rebellion.

(Thanks: Kelly Saxton / Electric PR Ltd)


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