This article is part of Yahoo's 'On This Day' series
Never mind the record deal, here's the Sex Pistols.
On this day 45 years ago, Britain's punk rock pioneers were dumped by EMI.
Not that they let that stop them.
On 6 January 1977, the record company issued a brief statement announcing they had dropped the notorious rockers.
It read: “EMI feels it is unable to promote this group’s records internationally in view of the adverse publicity which has been generated over the last two months.”
But for the band, all publicity was good publicity, even when they somehow became the country's most hated yet most loved music act.
MORE FROM THE 'ON THIS DAY' SERIES:
The Pistols, comprising singer John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bass player Glen Matlock (later replaced by Sid Vicious), hadn't even released an album before they had the public salivating for all kinds of reasons.
Indeed, 1977's Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols would be their only record. Within three months of its release, the band would split up.
But that hasn't stopped the album being one of the most influential of all time.
Watch: Sex Pistols singer John Lydon refused to be portrayed in The Crown
The "adverse publicity" referred to by EMI in its statement started with one of the most infamous incidents in UK television history: the Sex Pistols interview with presenter Bill Grundy.
The band were invited on to a live broadcast of Thames Television’s Today programme, hosted by Grundy, just a few days after their first single, Anarchy in the UK, was released.
Read more: Danny Boyle to direct Sex Pistols TV series
The Pistols were late replacements on the show for the band Queen, who had to cancel because their singer Freddie Mercury had a dentist’s appointment.
The subsequent interview went down in TV history, as the band dropped a series of expletives, with Jones calling Grundy a “dirty *******”, a “dirty ******” and a “******* rotter”.
Grundy was suspended and the incident ruined his career – he was accused of goading the band, at one point telling Jones to “say something outrageous”.
And judging from the tabloid reactions - the Daily Mirror’s famous front page about the incident read: “The Filth and the Fury”, while the newspaper also asked, “Who are these punks?” - it looked like the Pistols could be over before they really got started.
But the interview and the resulting coverage merely meant the whole country knew who they were.
But EMI didn’t want the burden of promoting the volatile Pistols.
The final straw for the record company appeared to come on 4 January 1977 after reports the band had vomited and spat their way on to a flight from London’s Heathrow Airport bound for the Netherlands.
EMI terminated the band’s contract just two days later, though its statement did say “recent press reports of the behaviour of the Sex Pistols appear to have been exaggerated”.
Two months later, in March, Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, found them another deal with A&M Records, and the band performed a public signing in front of Buckingham Palace, as they were about to release their next single, God Save the Queen.
However, A&M followed EMI’s lead and dropped the band after only a few days, but they eventually signed with Virgin Records, who would put out their album in October 1977.
Watch: The Sex Pistols' John Lydon reveals why he went on The Masked Singer