SEX GUNS‘ iconic 1977 single “God Save the Queen” could top the UK Singles Chart just days later Queen Elizabeth II celebrated its platinum jubilee this weekend.
Last week, SEX GUNS reissued “God Save the Queen” on two special vinyl records, launching the track into the top five of “midweek” data from The Official UK Chart Company.
Whether “God Save the Queen” topped the charts, it will be the official UK number one single just a week after the Queen reached a landmark 70 years on the throne.
“God Save the Queen” includes lyrics such as: “God save the Queen / A fascist regime” and: “God save the Queen / She ain’t no human being.” At the time of its original release, the song was criticized for being anti-monarchy and was even banned by the BBCradio stations for its lyrical content.
SEX GUNS guitarist Steve Jones previously spoke about the song’s connection to the royal family.
Jones said: “I never had any connection to the monarchy, to be honest. It meant nothing to me, still not.”
He said of the lyrical content: “For me it was just a laugh, it was a giggle. I didn’t know it would offend a lot of English people. They took it personally. It was a stab against the Queen.”
SEX GUNS leader John Lydon said in a recent interview with Piers Morgan that he’s “actually really, really proud of the Queen for surviving and doing so well.” He said Talk TV last month that “God Save the Queen” was “anti-royalist, but it’s not anti-human.
“I have to tell the world,” he added. “Everyone assumes I’m against the Royal Family as human beings. I’m not. I’m actually really, really proud of the Queen for surviving and doing so well. I congratulate him on that, and it’s a fantastic achievement. I’m not a curmudgeon about it.”
The Official Singles Chart Top 100 is revealed on OfficialCharts.com every Friday at 5.45pm UK time.
SEX GUNS left the British establishment reeling when they exploded onto the music scene, kicking off what later became known as punk – a term the band was never comfortable with. easy. Young people have torn apart not only their musical ancestors, but also their social ancestors and SEX GUNS were the roaring and fierce figurehead of the revolution.
They made a perfect 40 minute 1977 album “Never mind the bullshit” and from its artwork to individual players, attitude and music – every element has influenced the world we live in today.
The record is frequently listed as one of the most influential albums of all time featuring musicians from JOY CENTER and NEW ORDER at kurt cobain, Noel Gallagher, GREEN DAY at yungblud all citing them as key inspiration. And it wasn’t just musical – punk showed that anyone could create and many hinted at fashion, art and design and more.
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