POPULARITY

1977 saw the debut album of the Clash reach the music charts and The single ‘God Save The Queen’ by the Sex Pistols triggered a whole new level of controversy and introduced the legend of Sid Vicious as their new band member, now come to be recognised as the very epitome of Punk. 

The movement was now firmly established with new popular Punk bands appearing around the UK such as Crass, Stiff Little Fingers, and The Skids. The message of anarchy and political uprising was more than the British media could resist and portrayed Punk as the cause of youth rebellion whereas the truth being that the music was simply an expression of the restlessness and betrayal that was being felt. The performers’ colourful language and their unpredictable public appearances fuelled the press resulting in much negative publicity and scare mongering. 

The media popularity was a double edged sword for the bands. On the one hand they wanted their message to reach the masses, however with the publicity being so corrosive, negative and the Punk fans being represented as violent trouble makers led to the music being banned from many performance venues, radio stations and television thus silencing them and ironically confirming the message of the state of the British ‘regime’. 

By the end of 1977 the first book examining the Punk phenomenon The Boy Looked at Johnny declared that the punk music movement was over.