"I'm much older than most people doing punk. I'm ten tears olderI'm the other generation - like the old lot! But I like doing the new stuff! I was playing when the old lot were in, but I stopped because I didn't find it very interesting...You get people saying "I've always been a punk. I've always fucking done it". I mean, I've played in Irish showbands, all that kind of rubbish. But who cares? - Knox (The Vibrators)
Sex Pistols play the Paradiso Club in Amsterdam, Holland tonight which was recorded live for a bootleg. They are supported by Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers and the Vibrators. Strangely no mention of the Pistols or Heartbreakers performance in this review which appeared in the NME a week later.
Are in the recording studio. They lay down and record practically 3 years worth of songs over a 6 day period with producer Martin Rushent at T.W. Studios in Fulham, London. Plans for a debut live album were scrapped (thank fuck) in favour of a studio recording. Which will be later unveiled as the classic in my humble opinion 'Rattus Norvegicus' later this Spring.
XTC from Swindon, UK audition for CBS having just done demos for PYE and Decca records. They eventually sign to Virgin later in the year.
Live Wire 1st - January 1977
"I got interested when I used to go to the 100 Club and the Hope and Anchor in the early days. It was amazing watching the Pistols and the Damned with loads of energy. It was great that they behaved like human beings and you could talk to them afterwards - not like being miles away from Rod Stewart or the Stones and then watching them ride off in their limousines. I intend to keep the mag going mainly for small bands who never get a look in... if you don't like Live Wire don't just throw it away, write in and better it yourself...."
- Alan Anger (January 1977)