Where Steve Jones' guitar is noisy and loose and, well, bordering on anarchic , metal bands tend to play the song with their riffing tightly controlled. Protest music had, of course, been around for decades before the Sex Pistols came onto the scene. The single was released by EMI toward the end of and sold over 55, copies in Britain before being withdrawn due to the ensuing outcry. The end result was a more energetic and forceful version of the arrangement they had played live. British shots are very short, but also very expensive thanks to the tax, but these drinks were still substantial. The group played at the Outlook Club, jammed to about one-quarter capacity, audience reaction varying between wild enthusiasm, tepid applause mostly and irritation at any interrupted lager consumption. At least EMI employed military veterans as front-of-house security. There were only two record companies seriously interested in the group, however: Manchester Square seemed deserted. Record producers, as I can confirm personally, have a very high divorce rate, thanks to an erratic life often way beyond their own control. They were on home ground, and the Club would feature them nine times in , only ending after the group became publicly too outrageous as the favorite demons of the tabloid press. Eventually, the final mix was achieved at Wessex after a very late finish. Chris Parry treated me to one of the most outraged phone calls I have ever experienced. Yet, for many in the year , including those not even alive when they were provoking mayhem, the Sex Pistols and their related ideals are still a potent force. Malcolm made EMI feel as if they were just getting in under the wire ahead of Polydor.