As the United Kingdom gears up for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking 70 years on the throne, the Sex Pistols have elbowed their means again to into the dialog.
The band’s official YouTube channel simply dropped a brand new video for its once-banned anti-anthem, “God Save The Queen.”
The video combines Julian Temple’s footage from a May 1977 efficiency on the Marquee with clips of the band’s infamous cruise up the Thames throughout that 12 months’s silver jubilee celebration of the monarch:
The rerelease comes forward of filmmaker Danny Boyle’s sequence concerning the band,
“Pistol,” which hits Hulu on Tuesday.
In true Pistols trend, the sequence has divided the band’s surviving members. Frontman John Lydon ― aka Johnny Rotten ― dismissed it as “disrespectful” and was concerned in a authorized battle along with his ex-bandmates as he tried to dam using Sex Pistols music within the sequence.
“God Save The Queen” was promptly banned by the BBC and commercial radio throughout its preliminary launch in 1977, and quite a few shops refused to hold the document. It nonetheless managed to succeed in quantity two on the singles charts and number one on NME’s chart.
Despite the music’s lyrics reminiscent of “God save the queen/she ain’t no human being” and the “no future” chorus, Lydon has since insisted the music isn’t in opposition to the queen as an individual, solely the monarchy as an establishment.
“It’s anti-royalist, but it’s not anti-human,” he told Piers Morgan earlier this month. “I’ve got to tell the world this: Everyone presumes that I’m against the royal family as human beings, I’m not.”
He even supplied up some congrats to the Queen.
“I’m actually really, really proud of the Queen for surviving and doing so well,” he stated. “I applaud her for that and that’s a fantastic achievement. I’m not a curmudgeon about that.”
But he additionally predicted no future for the royals as soon as the 96-year-old queen dies.
“I think it’s possibly the end of the monarchy because Prince Charles is not going to be able to handle it,” he stated. “This is the man who plays Pink Floyd to his cabbages.”
Lydon, for the document, doesn’t hate Pink Floyd, both.