The Anarchy Arias – Glen Matlock helps Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and English National Opera cover punk classics.

Whilst a whole load of former punks and counter-culture-vultures are getting their knickers in a twist about Lydon supposedly endorsing Trump and Brexit.  How about this?  Pistols bassist Glen Matlock has inspired and assisted with an album of punk cover versions performed by the English National Opera and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

As well as Sex Pistols songs, Pretty Vacant and God Save the Queen they tackle No More Heroes, Should I Stay Or Should I Go, Ça plane pour moi, Teenage Kicks, The Sound Of The Suburbs and other favourites from Buzzcocks, the Ruts, the Damned, X-Ray Spex and Joy Division.

‘Getting A Handel on Punk’ punned the Sun as Matlock poses holding a giant safety-pin instead of a bow with a double bass.

It’s released on 9th June on, now this is ironic, Virgin EMI Records through Sanctuary.

Here is a taster track, which I have to admit, is nowhere near as bad as the idea sounds.

And whilst Matlock is congratulating himself on what a great, stunningly original idea he has had – a lot of us remember this, which came out back in 1995.

Forty years on from 1977 and punk has achieved RPO and ENO approval, Rotten really does want to save the Queen … did the punk generation dye its hair in vain?  Feel free to argue in the comments.


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(Ged Babey)

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


  1. Punk has been contorted so many times over the last 40 years that Im actually looking forward to hearing this ! Got to be more punk than Green Day.

  2. I did leave.a comment telling you how Jean Jacques Burnel, stole this Opera Punk idea from me after he reviewed my work. I was really hoping his mate John Robb would put Mr. Burnel in the picture before the press do!


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