Sex Pistols: Anarchy in the U.K. Meaning
Song Released: 1976
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Anarchy in the U.K. Lyrics
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 passer by cos i
I wanna be anarchy !
No dogs body
Anarchy for the u.k it’s coming sometime and...
anonymous Nov 16th, 11:02pm report
It's about society and the government and about how f***cked up today's government bullshit these days. The Sex Pistol's kick Miley Cyrus's ass! >:3
anonymous Oct 18th, 10:12pm report
It's clearly about social impacts and the government.
RebeccaSmith2000 Feb 27th, 2013 2:51pm report
Look, Malcolm McLaren did not copy the new york dolls. The dolls was formed in 71 and The Strand (early pistols group) in 72 on opposite sides of the pond. Much of this stuff happened organically and simultaneously. The Sex Pistols didn't sound anything like the NYD.
As far as any dolt who says the Ramones were THE FIRST punk rock band, please note they formed in 1974.
McLaren credited Richard Hell for clothing style, not musical influence.
anonymous Jan 24th, 2012 1:36pm report
Are they being sarcastic or not? Are they mocking anarchism and anarchists or are they, in fact, rebelling against the government?
The last verse seems to suggest that they are mocking anarchists.
anonymous May 4th, 2011 5:40pm report
its a joke
its the core-message
sex pistols werent the first ones
but they gave it its soul
with a sarcastic humor driven agression
anonymous Aug 3rd, 2009 8:55am report
I think the first three verses are mocking the fake anarchists and the fourth is mocking government.
Perhaps the only track that moves me every time I hear it. Always it will be ...'Right..Now...' then the laughter. So menacing.
Its pretty meaningless which reflects a state of alienation. UDA,IRA,UK. Who gives a fuck when your alienated and the place is as negative as the UK was in 1976.
John Lyndon later went onto say how much he respected the Queen. The perfect gentleman.
Its now a fragment of history, but not without its raw emotion. It was never really about fashion. Youngster to day, who are much wiser than we were see through messages, but unfortunately they have lost their will to put two fingers up to the world.
anonymous Sep 22nd, 2008 9:10am report
Sex Pistols have great punk songs but this would definitely be the best because it's about what all punks think about ANARCHY anarchy is anything against the government and we gotta fight for what we believe in the sex pistols did exactly this the megadeath version was shit
anonymous Sep 7th, 2008 9:13pm report
Actually, all the Sex Pistols believed in was Nothing. They were nihilists, and the song is intended to shock people. Of course, shocking the status quo is always good, the best way to beat dogma is to challenge it directly in the way that offends it most, but this song does nothing but defame anarchism.
anonymous Feb 3rd, 2008 2:04pm report
You guys are stupid. ever heard of the Velvet Underground. probably not. They started it all. no body knows them. They are responsible for the ramones sex pistols the clash all of them. So you guys are stupid fucks.
anonymous Sep 1st, 2007 9:34pm report
DarkLord, the Sex Pistols weren't the first punk band, but they were the punkiest band, The Ramones changed their style after the Sex Pistols, becoming punkier.
I think that you should pay close attention to:
"I don't know what I want but I know how to get it"
Johnny Rotten is a smart man, so I don't think that he does promote this kind of attitude. I think he mocks mindless anarchists. I've seen him in a T.V. programme and even though he's a little reckless, he has very clear views and thinks that meaningless anarchy against whoever is wrong.
Above all, the idea of anarchy is not the same as how the youth mindlessly employed it. Rotten has a historical knowledge, and I think he disapproves modern day anarchy.
Just listen to the song with this in mind, and see your horizon widen.
It would be so stupid to write these lyrics and actually stand by them. Rotten is too smart for that, he isn't an idiot.
That's sooo not true! The first punk rock band were the Ramones, not Sex Pistols!I don't compare these two bands but it's historically incorrect to say Sex Pistols were the first punk rock band ever...Anyway, this song is an Anarchy anthem, 'cause it goes against both religion (I am an anti-christ)and democracy (I am an anarchist).
The Sex Pistols were the FIRST punk band. People did not know how bad things were until the Sex Pistols told them. I think the song is in response to societal failures regarding youth. The economic system had Disenfranchised youth - limited their schooling and job possibilities, etc. Therefore, the state of young people was anarchy itself. I think they are saying Society has f***ed us so lets f*** them.
anonymous Apr 5th, 2006 4:31am report
*HELP* I have to interprete this song for a research paper in school... could someone help me and give a more detailed interpretation of it??? That would be great... :)
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