Friday, 14 July 2017

Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria celebrates 40th birthday today. It's a big day for Crown Princess Victoria as the Swedish royal celebrates turning 40, with festivities set to take place across two days in multiple parts of the Nordic country.

Victoria Ingrid Alice Désirée; born 14 July 1977), is the eldest child and heiress apparent of King Carl XVI Gustaf. If she ascends to the throne as expected, she will be Sweden's fourth queen regnant (after Margaret, Christina and Ulrika Eleonora) and the first since 1720.

So for today I believe "God Save the Queen" would fit nice, it's a tune by the British punk rock band the SEX PISTOLS. It was released as the band's second single and was later included on their only album, "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" . The song was released during Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee in 1977. The record's lyrics, as well as the cover, were controversial at the time, and both the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority refused to play the song. The song is an attack on the treatment of working-class people in England in the 1970s by the government.

SEX PISTOLS manager Malcolm McLaren released this to coincide with The Queen's Silver Jubilee, a celebration commemorating her 25th year on the throne. The SEX PISTOLS and their fans detested the monarchy and this celebration.

The Queen's Silver Jubilee took place on June 7, 1977. On that day, The SEX PISTOLS attempted to play this song from the Thames river, outside of Westminster Palace. It was a typical Malcolm McLaren promotional stunt, as they played up how the band was circumventing a "ban" by playing on the river instead of setting foot on ground. The performance never took place, as they were thwarted by authorities.

This was originally called "No Future." The band played it live and recorded a demo version with that title, but changed it when lead singer Johnny Rotten got the idea to mock the British monarchy.

This became an anthem for the punk movement in England. It expressed the anger young people felt toward the establishment. In the UK, this outsold the #1 song at the time, Rod Stewart's "I Don't Want To Talk About It," but it mysteriously and controversially stayed at #2.

The SEX PISTOLS were signed to A&M records when they recorded this. They dropped the band just as this was released, pulling all the singles. The ones that slipped through became valuable collectors items. In 2011 Record Collector magazine compiled its Top 50 most collectable records, and top of the list came the A&M release of this song - if you happen to have a copy the good news is it worth $12,000 (£8,000).

This was released on Virgin Records, the third label to sign The SEX PISTOLS (EMI and A&M both dropped the band because they were too much trouble). It was released as a single in May 1977, but the album did not come out until December, as they had many problems recording it.

Bass player Sid Vicious joined the band shortly before this was released - it was one of only two songs he played on. Original bassist Glen Matlock was fired because he was too nice.

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