Well tonight I could use a bit of cheering up … I can’t believe tomorrow is my last show at the River. BOO! So I thought hearing a bit of laughter would be some good medicine. There are so many great songs with a chuckle in them and I have actually used a lot of them to answer other Music Challenge questions. Obviously Hungry Like the Wolf has that infectious laugh at the beginning but I had a Duran Duran song last night so I refrained from using another. I love the laugh in the Gorillaz song Feel Good Inc. – but I used that for another challenge. Cyndie Laupers laugh in She Bop is fab and Joni Mitchell’s giggle in Yellow Taxi is adorable. BUT I went in another direction. I went with the cheeky laugh of non other than the Sex Pistol’s Johnny Rotten.
I was lucky enough to meet Johnny Rotten once (Weekend River jock – Brooke Hunter was with me when I did). He was pretty awesome … slightly scary but with a sly smile that put you at ease. He could see how nervous we were to meet him and I believe his opening line was “Well come over here or piss off” He then grinned. I told him that being told to “piss off” by Johnny Rotten was a dream of mine…I could tell he liked that.
The below song was released as the Sex Pistols debut single on 26 November 1976 and was later featured on their album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. “Anarchy in the U.K.” is number 56 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and is included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. So enjoy this important song and in particular enjoy that John Lydon infectious laugh….