Sex Pistols to rerelease punk hit 'God Save The Queen' to coincide with Platinum Jubilee

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The Sex Pistols are rereleasing their anti-royalist hit God Save The Queen to coincide with Her Majesty's Platinum Jubliee.

The punk anthem was first released in 1977 at the same time as the Queen's Silver Jubilee, and despite being banned by the BBC and every independent radio station reached number two in the UK singles charts.

To mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June - when HRH Elizabeth II will celebrate 70 years on the throne - 4,000 copies of God Save The Queen will be re-released through Virgin record, along with 1,977 copies of the rare A&M version.

London, UK. Friday 23rd November 2012. Christies auction house showcasing memorabilia from every decade of the past century of popular culture from the industries of film and music. Original Sex Pistols print. God Save The Queen. (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)
The Sex Pistols are rereleasing God Save The Queen to coincide with the Platinum Jubliee. (Getty Images)

The lyrics to the anti-authoritarian single - sung by John Lydon - called the Royal Family a "fascist regime".

Read more: John Lydon says he was 'completely ostracised' from Sex Pistols TV show

The song includes the lines: "She ain't no human being/And there's no future."

And other lyrics to the tune are: "We mean it man/We love our queen," and "Cause tourists are money/And our figurehead/Is not what she seems."

The punk rock group, The Sex Pistols, are about to be moved by a policeman as they sign a copy of their new recording contract with A & M Records outside Buckingham Palace. The next record to be released is called
The Sex Pistols sign a copy of God Save the Queen outside Buckingham Palace in 1977. (Getty Images)

The track was famously kept off the top spot in the singles charts by Rod Stewart's I Don't Want To Talk About It, with rumours that the charts had been manipulated to prevent the Sex Pistol's anti-establishment anthem from reaching number one.

The Sex Pistols were arrested after they promoted the record on a boat trip along the River Thames.

The band's drummer, Paul Cook, has denied it was released to coincide with the jubilee.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY: John Lydon of the Sex Pistols performs on stage at the Isle of Wight Festival 2008 at Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight.
John Lydon of the Sex Pistols performing at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2008. (PA)

He said "We weren't aware of it at the time. It wasn't a contrived effort to go out and shock everyone."

The band were dropped by their record label A&M at the time and released the single through Virgin records after signing a new deal.

The rerelease also coincides with the launch of Pistol - a biographical TV series about the Sex Pistols directed by Danny Boyle - on Disney+.

The six part show stars Anson Boon as Lydon, aka frontman Johnny Rotten, Louis Partridge as bassist Sid Vicious, Toby Wallace as guitarist Steve Jones, Jacob Slater as Cook and Christian Lees as original member Glen Matlock, who was replaced by Vicious.

The cast also includes Maisie Williams as punk model and actor Pamela Rooke, aka Jordan, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as their manager Malcolm McLaren, Talulah Riley as fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and Sydney Chandler as musician Chrissie Hynde.

Anson Boon as John Lydon, Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Toby Wallace as Steve Jones and Jacob Slater as Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols
Pistol tells the story of how the Sex Pistols' launched a punk revolution through music. (FX/Disney+)

The new trailer shows Boon as Johnny Rotten saying: "We're invisible, we're p**sed off, we're bored. So maybe that should be our image!"

While Brodie-Sangster as McLaren declares: "My vision for The Sex Pistols is one of dirt, danger and desire. Whether you can play is not a criteria, it's whether you've got something to say."

The series is based on Jones’ 2017 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.

But Lydon - who said he has not been consulted on the show at all - launched a legal case at the High Court to prevent the band's music from being used.

Maisie Williams as Jordan as punk icon Jordan in Pistol. (FX/Disney+)
Maisie Williams as Jordan as punk icon Jordan in Pistol. (FX/Disney+)

A judge ruled against him in August last year, saying that The Sex Pistols were able to green light the songs via a majority vote as per their written agreement.

The band formed in 1975 and split in 1978, but made waves in that time with the release of their 1977 album Never Mind the B*****ks, Here's the Sex Pistols.

Read more: Why the Sex Pistols were fired by their record label

The album has repeatedly been ranked as one of the greatest records of all time, appearing just behind The Beatles' classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on a Rolling Stone list in 1987.

Pistol will debut in the UK via Disney+ and in the USA via Hulu on 31 May.