Royal fatigue may be setting in because the Sex Pistols’ legendary anti-royal anthem ‘God Save The Queen’ has just topped the UK charts ― 45 years after its release.
The band re-released the track to coincide with Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebration. On its initial release in 1977 – during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee – the song peaked at number 2 on the charts despite being banned for bad taste.
But there is another version of the track that was created at a different royal event that is also worth celebrating. And it’s by “Weird Al” Yankovic.
“It’s kind of inappropriate the day after a royal wedding,” Yankovic joked before breaking into the song at a concert in Napa, California on May 20, 2018, a day after Prince Harry’s wedding. with Meghan Markle. The track is from his Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, in which he largely eschewed the parodies he is best known for in favor of his original music.
Hear his band ― famous for being able to mimic just about any style ― go punk as Yankovic bursts out his best growl, even rolling his ‘r’ like Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) did on the original :
Yankovic is currently on the road with The Unfortunate Return of The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, and he’s again focusing on his originals (and doing a straight cover near the end of each show).
Lydon, for his part, insisted that he was not against the Queen as a person, only against the monarchy as an institution. He even offered his congratulations to Queen Elizabeth on the Jubilee.
“God bless the queen,” Lydon wrote in an op-ed earlier this month. “She puts up with a lot.