Flowers in the dustbin

Anarchy in the UK. Bill Grundy. 1976. A big year for music, a big year for me: left school, left home, started work. This teenage communist never embraced the political ideology that was anarchism, but anarchy was the clarion call for those raging against the machine. Glen Matlock was a teenage Sex Pistol and I was a teenage Sex Pistol fan. Now I am a middle-aged fan, and after last night can claim to have seen Glen Matlock perform twice. He played at the Railway Hotel in Clifftown Road and was accompanied by Stray Cats’ drummer Slim Jim Phantom and Bowie’s guitarist Earl Slick. I can recall versions of Pretty Vacant, God Save The Queen, Rock This Town, Blank Generation, John I’m Only Dancing, All Or Nothing. About an hour’s playing to a very pleased crowd, and I am thankful to have witnessed it all.


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