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Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save the Queen’ to be reissued to mark platinum jubilee.
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‘God Save The Queen’: Sex Pistols revive the classic ahead of jubilee

Sex Pistols set to re-release the punk-rock classic ‘God Save The Queen’ to mark Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee.

Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save the Queen’ to be reissued to mark platinum jubilee.
Image via Twitter @pistolsofficial

Sex Pistols’ punk-rock classic God Save The Queen is to get another airing to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee, 45 years after it first scandalised the pop charts.

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CONTROVERSY AROUND THE SEX PISTOLS SONG ABOUT THE QUEEN

The anti-royalist anthem, whose acerbic lyrics were written by frontman Johnny Rotten, was released in 1977 as the queen celebrated her silver jubilee for 25 years on the throne.

The lyrics famously reference the queen’s “fascist regime”, while declaring that the monarch “ain’t no human being”, leading it to be banned from BBC radio and television.

But that only added to its notoriety, helping it to hit number two in the charts, although many punk fans still believe it was deliberately kept from the top spot, which went to Rod Stewart instead.

LIMITED VINYL COPIES OF THE SEX PISTOLS HIT GO ON SALE

Thousands of physical copies of the song are to be re-pressed for release on 27 May, including both the version released on Virgin Records and that released by A&M Records.

“One of the most sought-after vinyl records in history returns to the shelves. Get your hands on a repress of both the A&M & Virgin God Save The Queen 7″ vinyl, limited copies available of each,” the band’s official account tweeted.

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The band signed to A&M in March 1977, but were dropped six days later, with a young entrepreneur called Richard Branson swooping in to sign them for Virgin.

They famously performed the song on jubilee day on a boat sailing down the Thames, with various members of the band arrested when they reached dry land.

SEX PISTOLS LEAD SINGER HOPES THE QUEEN LIVES LONGER

Lydon’s feelings towards the monarch have since softened, telling music website Quietus in 2017 that “I would sorely miss her as a human being on planet Earth.

“It’s not her fault she was born into a gilded cage,” said the now 66-year-old veteran hellraiser.

“Long may she live. I don’t know about the reign part, but long may she live.”

Johnny Rotten

Lydon, who went under the stage name Johnny Rotten, recently lost a court battle with former bandmates Steve Jones and Paul Cook to prevent the group’s songs being used in a television series.

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