The anti-royalist punk anthem by the Sex Pistols, ‘God Save The Queen’, is set to be re-released ahead of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. The once banned anthem was first released in 1977 to coincide with The Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
The BBC and every independent radio station banned the anthem however it still managed to reach number two in the music charts. It was widely believed at the time that the chart had been manipulated to keep ‘God Save The Queen’ from the number one spot. The Sex Pistols were beaten to the top of the charts by Sir Rod Stewart.
The anti-monarchist song called the monarchy a “fascist regime” and included the lyrics, “She ain’t no human being, and there’s no future, and England’s dreaming.”
Paul Cook, the band’s drummer, denied that the song was released to coincide with the Silver Jubilee remarking, “We weren’t aware of it at the time. It wasn’t a contrived effort to go out and shock everyone.”
Forty-five years later and ‘God Save The Queen’ is being released again to mark Her Majesty’s seventy years on the throne. 4000 copies of the punk anthem will be released through Virgin and 1977 copies of the rare A&M version will also be available.
Both versions will recreate original artwork with the Virgin single having Sex Pistols artwork designed by Jamie Reid.
Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations take place from Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June.
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