PISTOLS STILL NO1
Sex Pistols on Bill Grundy’s ‘Today’ show most requested clip
Punks’ TV swearing tops new poll
The band’s sweary live appearance was aired in December 1976, a year before their legendary debut album ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols’ was released.
The poll was conducted by Freemantle Media, which controls the Thames TV back catalogue, who have recently celebrated their 40th birthday.
They were not intended guests for the early evening show but were replacements for labelmates Queen, who had pulled out of the interview at the last minute.
Grundy, who has since claimed he was drunk at the time, flirted with Siouxsie Sioux before Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones reprimanded the host, resulting in the following exchange:
Jones: "You dirty sod. You dirty old man."
Grundy: "Well keep going chief, keep going. Go on. You’ve got another five seconds. Say something outrageous."
Jones: "You dirty bastard."
Grundy: "Go on, again."
Jones: "You dirty fucker."
Grundy: "What a clever boy."
Jones: "What a fucking rotter."
Jones‘ language, along with Johnny ‘Rotten’ Lydon‘s use of the word "shit" prompted the headlines ‘The Filth And The Fury’ in the Daily Mirror and ‘Punk? Call It Filthy Lucre’ in the Daily Express, which went on to become names of the good old Pistols 2000 film and 1996 tour, respectively.