As the UK prepares for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking her 70 years on the throne, the Sex Pistols have returned to the conversation.
The band’s official YouTube channel has just released a new video for their once-banned anti-anthem, “God Save The Queen.”
The video combines Julian Temple’s footage from a May 1977 performance at the Marquee with clips from the band’s infamous Thames cruise during the monarch’s Silver Jubilee celebration that year:
The re-release precedes filmmaker Danny Boyle’s series on the band,
“Pistol,” which hits Hulu on Tuesday.
Like the Pistols, the series split the surviving members of the group. Singer John Lydon ― aka Johnny Rotten ― has called it ‘disrespectful’ and embroiled in a legal battle with his ex-boyfriends as he tried to block the use of Sex Pistols music on the show .
“God Save The Queen” was quickly banned by the TAUT and commercial radio upon its initial release in 1977, and many stores refused to carry the record. It still managed to reach number two on the singles chart and number one on the NME chart.
Despite the song’s lyrics such as “God save the queen/she’s not a human being” and the refrain “no future”, Lydon has since insisted that the song is not against the queen. as a person, but only against the monarchy as an institution. .
“It’s anti-royalist, but it’s not anti-human,” he told Piers Morgan earlier this month. “I have to tell the world this: Everyone assumes I’m against the Royal Family as human beings, I’m not.”
He even offered some congratulations to the queen.
“I’m really, really proud of the Queen for surviving and doing so well,” he said. “I applaud him for that and it’s a fantastic achievement. I’m not a curmudgeon about it.
But he also did not predict any future for the Royal Family once the 96-year-old Queen dies.
“I think maybe it’s the end of the monarchy because Prince Charles won’t be able to handle it,” he said. “He is the man who plays Pink Floyd to his cabbage.”
Lydon, for the record, doesn’t hate Pink Floyd either.