This article is about the Sex Pistols song. For the traditional song, see God Save sex and beer song Queen.
Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen. God Save the Queen” is a song 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. 1 on the NME charts in the United Kingdom, and made it to No. 2 on the official UK Singles Chart as used by the BBC. This led to accusations by some that the charts had been “fixed” to prevent the song from reaching No. The single was released on 27 May 1977, and was regarded by many of the general public as an assault on Queen Elizabeth II and the monarchy.
Although many believe it was created because of the Silver Jubilee, the band have denied it, with Paul Cook saying that “it wasn’t written specifically for the Queen’s Jubilee. We weren’t aware of it at the time. It wasn’t a contrived effort to go out and shock everyone. On 7 June 1977—the Jubilee holiday itself—the band attempted to play the song from a boat named the Queen Elizabeth on the River Thames, near the Palace of Westminster.
In addition to the BBC, the single was also banned by the Independent Broadcasting Authority which regulated Independent Local Radio. On at least one singles chart for the period, TOP 20 POPS, the song’s position at No. 2 was represented by a blank line. 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 1991 history of the Sex Pistols and punk rock, England’s Dreaming. 13,000 a copy, depending on condition of the disc. God Save the Queen” was featured on the band’s only album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, and several compilation albums.
In 2010, the song was ranked amongst the top 10 most controversial songs of all time, in a poll conducted by PRS for Music. In 2002, the song was re-released to coincide with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, whereupon the single charted in the top 20. In 2012, it was announced that the single would be re-released on 28 May 2012, coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the original release and the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The single’s picture sleeve, featuring a defaced image of Queen Elizabeth II, was designed by Jamie Reid and in 2001 was ranked No. 1 in a list of the 100 greatest record covers of all time by Q magazine. A cover version by the English heavy metal band Motörhead was released as a single in 2000 to promote their album, We Are Motörhead.