Punk was invented in the states but defined in the UK. At the spearhead were the "Sex Pistols" led by Johnny Rotten. The line-up include Johnny Rotten (Vox), Steve Jones (Guitarist), Glen Matlock (Bass) & Paul Cook (Drums). Sid Vicious replaced Matlock on Bass in 1977.
"Anarchy in the UK" was released as a single in 1976, being beaten to the post to be the first punk release By the Damned's "New Rose". Following the contentious tv interview with Bill Grundy in December of 1976 the band's gigs descended into chaos with promoters and local councillors banning the band's concerts. In January 1978 a tour of the USA was suppose to resurrect the band's fortunes but they went down in flames with Johnny Rotten quitting the band and declaring this chapter of the story over. He went on to form experimental band "Public Image Ltd". Embroiled in the production of rock film "The great rock n roll swindle" the remaining band members carried on recording music for that project with various personalities taking turns to be vocalist. Sid Vicious died of a herion overdose in february of 1979. The Sex Pistols staged a reunion tour in 1996.