The Sex Pistols are by far, the greatest boy band of all time. You cannot debate me on that. They were a band put together by record producers, featuring people who couldn’t play their instruments (at least Sid Vicious), but I still love them. Motley Crue, is my favorite band, and sure, they wore makeup and big hair, but they were as punk rock as hair metal could be (I mean, their first album was pretty much Glam Punk, in the style of the New York Dolls).
The Sex Pistols released their song Anarchy in the UK as a single in 1976, and it would on their first (and only real) album, Never Mind The Bullocks… Here’s the Sex Pistols. It really sent a message in the UK that would be picked up by bands like Crass and the Subhumans, and later on by numerous anarcho-punk bands across the world. It would be covered by acts like Megadeth and Green Jello, and become a common stable in the world of hard rock, where we all know the lyrics, even if we don’t know what Johnny Rotten was really saying.
Years later, Motley Crue would cover the song and feature it on their 1991 compilation Decade of Decadence. Their version would be slightly faster, adding that metal edge to their version of the song. I’ve mashed these two versions up, as it adds a layer of dissonance to both songs. It’s almost if the original version echos after the cover, reinforcing the message of chaos that that combined tracks preach. Personally, I want to go join a black bloc when I hear this version, and it’s only half because of the complete perversion of a great song from two amazing bands that I want to get away from.