It caused the biggest stink in British TV history. It brought punk to the masses and some say killed it stone dead. Or, to be precise, one of his dodgy teeth was to blame. What happened next changed everything. The ill-advised meeting of a belligerent TV host and a startlingly young band became a potty-mouthed confrontation broadcast live on teatime telly across the South East.
"Urban Myths" The Sex Pistols Vs. Bill Grundy (TV Episode ) - IMDb
By late , Queen and the Sex Pistols were occupying opposing corners of the music spectrum. Set to introduce their fifth studio album, A Day at the Races , the world-famous members of Queen had recently performed before , fans at London's Hyde Park and released a single infused with their patented intricate arrangements and harmonies titled, "Somebody to Love. Meanwhile, the Sex Pistols were playing in small clubs to disaffected youth and curious onlookers as leaders of the underground punk rock movement, their anger and aggression captured in their thrasher of a debut single, "Anarchy in the U. But for all their differences, the bands shared a common bond as labelmates of EMI Records, and when Queen abruptly canceled a scheduled December 1 appearance on Today , hosted by Bill Grundy, for what was reported to be vocalist Freddie Mercury's first visit to the dentist in 15 years, EMI offered up the Pistols as replacement guests. According to the recollections of then-bassist Glen Matlock and frontman Johnny Rotten , the Pistols were pulled from rehearsal and ordered into a limo that would take them to the set of Today , a live, early evening program broadcast in the greater London area with the year-old Grundy at the helm.
While it had been some fuel to add to the punk fires that were beginning to burn like a phosphorus flare, it would take another spark for the entire scene to blow-up. On this day on 1st December , the Sex Pistols would announce themselves to the world with a four-letter foul-mouthed rant that would not only seal their place in the charts but, ultimately, their place in history. It would make way for one of the most infamous moments in British TV history.
In the latter role, he gained national attention for his interview with the Sex Pistols in during which he contemptuously encouraged a barrage of profanity while supposedly intoxicated on public television. The interview effectively destroyed Grundy's career, elevated the Sex Pistols to notoriety, and signalled the arrival of mainstream punk rock. Grundy began his career as a geologist and as a part-time journalist. When Granada Television began broadcasting in , Grundy auditioned for the post of newsreader, which at first he held in tandem with his geological work.