|“God Save the Queen”|
|Single by Sex Pistols|
from the album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
|Released||May 27, 1977|
October 8, 2007 (30th anniversary re-issue)
|Format||Vinyl single: Worldwide|
|Sex Pistols singles chronology|
"God Save the Queen" (B-side "Did You No Wrong") was the second single released by the punk rock band Sex Pistols. The Sex Pistols are an English Punk rock band that formed in London in 1975 Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols is the first and only album recorded by the Sex Pistols, a highly influential and controversial English Events 927 - Simeon the Great, Tsar of Bulgaria, dies 1120 - Richard III of Capua is anointed Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays Events 314 - Roman Emperor Licinius is defeated by his colleague Constantine I at the Battle of Cibalae, and loses Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. A gramophone London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Virgin Records is a British Record label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, Simon Draper, and Nik Powell A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing Chris Thomas (born January 13, 1947) is a British Record producer who has worked extensively with Pink Floyd, Elton John, Paul The Sex Pistols are an English Punk rock band that formed in London in 1975 " Anarchy in the UK " is the title of the first single by Sex Pistols, released on November 26 1976. " Pretty Vacant " was the third single released by the Punk rock band Sex Pistols. The Sex Pistols are an English Punk rock band that formed in London in 1975 It was released during Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977 and reached number two in the British charts. For the ship see RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Context States headed by Elizabeth II Its lyrics were particularly controversial at the time, and it was banned by the BBC. The single's cover was considered very controversial at the time.
The single was released on 27 May 1977, and was regarded by much of the general public to be an assault on Queen Elizabeth II and the monarchy. Events 927 - Simeon the Great, Tsar of Bulgaria, dies 1120 - Richard III of Capua is anointed Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays For the ship see RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Context States headed by Elizabeth II TalkCommonewalth realm.--> The monarchy The title is taken directly from "God Save the Queen", the British national anthem. "God Save the Queen", or "God Save the King", is an anthem used in a number of Commonwealth realms It is the National A national anthem is a generally patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history traditions and struggles of its people recognized either by a nation's At the time it was highly controversial, firstly for its equation of the Queen with a "fascist regime", and secondly for the apparent claim that England had "no future". Fascism is a totalitarian nationalist and corporatist ideology
Although many believe it was created because of the Jubilee, the band denies it, Paul Cook saying that, "It wasn't written specifically for the Queen's Jubilee. The Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II 's accession to the Paul Cook, born on 20 July 1956, is an English Drummer and member of the Punk rock band Sex Pistols. We weren't aware of it at the time. It wasn't a contrived effort to go out and shock everyone. " Johnny Rotten has explained the lyrics as follows: "You don't write a song like 'God Save The Queen' because you hate the English race. John Joseph Lydon (born 31 January 1956 in London England also known as Johnny Rotten, is a British Rock musician best known as lead vocalist for the Punk You write a song like that because you love them, and you're fed up of seeing them mistreated. " His intentions were apparently to evoke sympathy for the British working class, and a general resentment for the monarchy. Working class is a term used in academic Sociology and in ordinary conversation to describe depending on context and speaker those employed in specific fields or types
On June 7, 1977 - the Jubilee holiday itself - the band attempted to play the song from a boat on the river Thames, outside the Palace of Westminster. Events 1099 - The First Crusade: The Siege of Jerusalem begins Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays The Thames ( is a major River flowing through southern England. After a scuffle involving attendee Jah Wobble and a cameraman, eleven people were arrested when the boat docked, including several members of the band's entourage. Jah Wobble (born John Wardle, in Stepney in 1958 is an English Bass guitarist singer Poet and Composer. 
The song peaked at number 2 on the official UK Singles Chart used by the BBC, though there have been persistent rumours - never confirmed or denied - that it was actually the biggest-selling single in the UK at the time, and was kept off number 1 (by [The Govenment of the Day] I Don't Want To Talk About It) because it was felt that it might cause offence. The UK Singles Chart is compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC on behalf of the British record industry " I Don't Want to Talk About It " is the name of a song written by Danny Whitten. It did hit number 1 on the unofficial NME singles chart. The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a Popular music Magazine in the United Kingdom which has been It was banned by the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority which regulated Independent Local Radio, effectively denying it any media exposure. The Independent Broadcasting Authority ( IBA) was the regulatory body in the United Kingdom for commercial Television ( ITV and Independent Local Radio It was also not stocked by some shops. Since the official singles chart at the time was compiled using sales returns from a number of outlets amongst a wider participating roster, it is in theory possible that the single's number 2 position was not the result of disregarding sales figures as such, but of the selection for that week's chart source data of a number of stores which were not selling the record.
The phrase "no future", the song's closing refrain, became emblematic of the punk rock movement. The lyric provided the title of Jon Savage's award-winning 1991 history of the Sex Pistols and punk rock, England's Dreaming. Jon Savage (born 1953 real name Jonathon Sage is a Cambridge-educated Writer, broadcaster and Music journalist, best known for his award winning history
Before the group signed to Virgin, a small number of copies of "God Save the Queen" had been pressed on the A&M label. A&M Records is an American Record label owned by Universal Music Group which operates through the Interscope-Geffen-A&M division These are now among the most valuable records ever pressed in the UK, with a resale value as of 2006 of between £500 to £13,000 a copy, depending on condition of the disc. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. 
The song also features on the album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, and several compilation albums. Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols is the first and only album recorded by the Sex Pistols, a highly influential and controversial English
Rolling Stone ranked "God Save the Queen" number 173 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, one of the group's two songs on the list along with "Anarchy in the U.K.". Rolling Stone is a United States -based Magazine devoted to Music, Politics, and Popular culture that is published " Anarchy in the UK " is the title of the first single by Sex Pistols, released on November 26 1976. Sounds magazine made it their Single of the Year in 1977. Sounds was a British Music paper, published weekly from October 10, 1970 &ndash April 6, 1991  In 1989 it was 18th in the list of NME writers all time top 150 singles.  Q Magazine in 2002 ranked it first on their list as "The 50 Most Exciting Tunes Ever. Q is a Music Magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom, with a circulation of 130179 as of June 2007 . . " and 3rd in their list of "100 Songs That Changed The World" in 2003.  In 2007 NME launched a campaign to get the song to number 1 in the British charts and encouraged readers to purchase or download the single on October 8. Events 314 - Roman Emperor Licinius is defeated by his colleague Constantine I at the Battle of Cibalae, and loses However it only made #42.
During the 80's, a gifted art student from Toronto (who remains anonymous) created a video with the song playing over edited clips of The Archie Show to make it look like the characters are singing the song. Toronto (təˈrɒntoʊ colloquially pronounced or) is the largest city in Canada and is the provincial capital of Ontario The Archie Show was the first in a long line of Saturday morning cartoon Animated series produced by Filmation and based upon Bob Montana The last scene features the Archie character, Betty, with an audio clip of Nancy Spungen on her boyfriend, bassist Sid Vicious. Nancy Laura Spungen (February 27 1958 – October 12 1978 was the American girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious. John Simon Ritchie (born May 10, 1957, died February 2, 1979) better known as Sid Vicious, was an English Punk The video was made using a editing program for VHS cassettes, which was a common computer tool during the 1980's. 
The record cover, depicting a defaced picture of Queen Elizabeth II, was designed by Jamie Reid and in 2001 was named #1 in a list of 100 Greatest Album Covers of All Time by Q Magazine. For the ship see RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Context States headed by Elizabeth II Jamie Reid (born 1947 is a British artist and Anarchist with connections to the Situationists. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. Q is a Music Magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom, with a circulation of 130179 as of June 2007