Year Zero

Friday, 2 May 2008

Amongst the many fascinating things I’ve learnt from Tom Ewing’s Popular project, in which every UK number one single since the inauguration of the charts in 1952 is being reviewed and commented on with frequent digressions, is that there’s a substantial body of people who believe that civilisation, or at least popular music, didn’t exist before 4 June 1976 when the Sex Pistols performed a supposedly seminal git in Manchester.

Hmm. If that’s the case then I wonder what it was I used to hunker down under the eiderdown to listen to on a crackly and wayward Radio Luxembourg?

Anyway, we’ve reached the summer of ’76 and JJ Barrie’s No Charge; a single of such banal awfulness that discussion has swerved right away from it to a raging battle around the the origins of punk, and therefore in some eyes the birth of the known universe at the instigation of a skilled self-publicist with an interest in flogging bondage gear. I’m sure many of my readers will find this and the whole subject fascinating!

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