It is one of their defining songs,  in addition to being considered Britain's national gay anthem since its release. The song was originally written by Tom Robinson for a London gay pride parade in , inspired by the directness and confrontational style of the Sex Pistols. Robinson said that he wrote the song to the tune of Sara by Bob Dylan : "But I realised I couldn't rip off Dylan, so I wrote new music, added the chorus and gave it that more upbeat swing". In the first verse, it criticises the British police for raiding gay pubs for no reason at all after the decriminalisation of homosexuality by the Sexual Offences Act. In the second verse, it points to the hypocrisy of Gay News being prosecuted for obscenity instead of porn magazines like magazines Playboy or the tabloid The Sun which published photographs of topless girls on Page 3.
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The title of the album works on several levels. This is my second favourite bisexual recontextualising of a turn of phrase — the winner is the name of the bi magazine Anything That Moves. It also uses the phrase in its straightforward sense, of being able to take the best of seemingly exclusive ideas and activities. Is there a vote, and an award ceremony? Do you get a special hat or badge or something?
Interview with Tom Robinson, part 4
I had a nervous breakdown when I was 16, largely due to the stress of growing up gay, which was illegal back then. It also exposed me to all sorts of music. In the 60s, there wasn't a single public figure who was openly gay, so we had no role models, no mentions of homosexuality. He had all these songs where you could think: "That's about me. But it was a completely different song.
Oh, anger. Sheer anger. Various things had happened in between. Maybe it was simply that the reaction against the sus laws was becoming stronger by 76 — the lid had been on that particular pressure cooker for some time. But the summer of 76 was sweltering hot, and tempers were fraying.