Monday, September 22, 2008

The Music Biz: EMI

Sex Pistols: EMI


The facts do a pretty good job speaking for themselves - the story behind EMI:

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January 12, 1977: The Sex Pistols are dropped by EMI and "Anarchy in the U.K." is withdrawn.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)

Unlimited supply
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
Unlimited supply
Hello E.M.I
Goodbye A & M

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