Sex Pistols reissue banned single for Queen’s Jubilee


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The Sex Pistols, the English punk rock band, have re-released their banned single, ‘God Save the Queen’, as the monarchy prepares for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, starting on Thursday.

The song was released in 1977 during a concert by the band on the Queen’s Silver Jubilee weekend. The song featured altered lyrics from the British national anthem, including rhyming “God save the queen” with “she ain’t no human being” and “fascist regime”.

The performance was quickly interrupted by London police and the band received negative responses from the public as the song sparked outrage for its inflammatory language. Members of the group were often attacked in the streets and they were eventually banned from television and radio appearances.

Despite the public backlash, the song eventually landed at number two on the charts and the band are now hoping to take the top spot.

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A new music video was also released in conjunction with the song, featuring footage from the 1977 performance, according to the New York Post. Virgin Records released 4,000 copies of the song on May 27, as well as 1,977 copies on A&M records, The Guardian reported.

A promotional poster for the Sex Pistols’ 1977 single ‘God Save the Queen’ on display for a rock and pop memorabilia auction, in London June 25, 2009.
(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

The four-day holiday celebrates the Queen’s 70-year reign, making her the third longest-reigning monarch in the world.

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Festivities in Britain include thousands of street parties that span the four days as well as public holidays scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to lead the celebrations as members of the royal family. The four-day celebrations will include the Parade of the Flag, Service of Thanksgiving, Race Day and Grand Jubilee Luncheons.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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