November 1976: EMI releases "Anarchy in the U.K." by the Sex Pistols, in the U.K.
December 1, 1976: The Sex Pistols appear as guests on Bill Grundy's dinner-hour TV show, Today. The host provokes a confrontation that degenerates into profanity and shocks the British people.
January 12, 1977: The Sex Pistols are dropped by EMI and "Anarchy in the U.K." is withdrawn. The group does get to keep their advance of 40,000 British pounds, however.
March 10, 1977: The Sex Pistols are signed to A&M Records for 50,000 British pounds and released a week later for another 25,000 British pounds after incidents of "vandalism" at the label's London offices.
Bill Grundy interviews the Sex Pistols (NWS)
There is no reason why
I tell you it was all a frame
They only did it 'cause of fame
I do not need the pressure
I can't stand those useless fools
Goodbye A & M