In time for Record Store Day

The Sex Pistols are set to reissue their debut single ‘Anarchy In The U.K’ as a limited edition 7” on Record Store Day.

The release will be in conjunction with Universal Music Catalogue UK, who have recently announced that they have acquired the back catalogue of the punk pioneers. The re-mastered single will also feature original b-side track ‘I Wanna Be Me’ - but set your alarm clocks early, as they will only be limited to just 3,500 records.

"Music can be great, when done by the great,” boasts frontman Johnny Rotten. “The Sex Pistols are the greatest. Universal now has a trophy room. Music is the imitation of nature. The Sex Pistols are nature. So please give generously. Thank You.”

Once deemed unmarketable EMI rejects, label bosses are now thrilled to hold whatever they can of the band, with Karen Simmonds, MD, UMC UK saying: "To be given the opportunity to
re-evaluate the Sex Pistols catalogue is every music lover's dream. We're looking forward to working with the band and celebrating their impact on worldwide culture."

With so many collectors reissues and platinum boxsets knocking around from legendary artists, this seems like one that’s actually still pretty relevant with the riots not so far behind us and the country’s financial turmoil. Originally released in November 1976 as the band’s first single, the late ex-manager of the group, Malcolm McLaren, said the song was: “a call to arms to the kids who believe that rock and roll was taken away from them.”

The band also re-recorded the song for Guitar Hero III back in 2007, with John Lydon saying about the game: “I fucking loved was teaching you how not to be a rock star, how not to be an arsehole in your life and how not to seek fame and fortune, ‘cos the whole fucking thing is a joke.”

You won’t have to wait 'til next year for another reissue however, as an expanded and repackaged edition of ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols’ is scheduled for release later in 2012 to commemorate its 35th anniversary.

'Anarchy In The UK' will be re-issued on Record Store Day (April 21st).

Words by Jamie Carson

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