The Sex Pistols, ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’

The Sex Pistols, 'Anarchy in the U.K.'The Sex Pistols, ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’

Writers: Keith Reid, Gary Brooker
Producer: Denny Cordell
Released: June ’67, A&M
12 weeks; No. 5

A somber hymn supported by an organ theme straight out of Bach (“Air on the G String,” from the “Suite No. 3 in D Major”), Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale” was unlike anything else on the radio in 1967. Reid got the idea for the song when he overheard someone at a party tell a woman, “You’ve gone a whiter shade of pale.” The track was also the only one recorded by the initial lineup of Procol Harum, which started as a British band, the Paramounts, in 1963. A worldwide smash that sold more than 6 million copies and quickly found its way into wedding ceremonies (and, later, the Big Chill soundtrack), “Pale” helped kick-start the classical- boomlet that gave the world the Moody .

Appears on: Greatest Hits (A&M)

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