The Sex Pistols are re-issuing their once-banned punk rock anthem God Save The Queen to mark the Queen’s upcoming platinum jubilee.
The BBC banned their anti-authoritarian single, which the punk group released in 1977 to commemorate the silver jubilee Queen Elizabeth II.
Despite this, the song reached the second spot on the UK singles charts. This is the first time that a track has been listed without a title in order to avoid offense.
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Later, the band promoted their record on a Jubilee boat cruise along the Thames. This led to their arrest.
At the time, the group were dropped by their record label A&M and the band released the single through Virgin after signing a new deal.
Sex Pistols will re-release God Save The Queen
To mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee, 4,000 copies of the punk anthem will be re-released through Virgin, and 1977 copies of the rare A&M version will also be available.
The A&M version will include a B-side to the record of original release No Feelings, while the Virgin edition will have Did You No Wrong.
Both versions will recreate original artwork, with the A&M edition featuring its generic company sleeve and pressed on silver and platinum vinyl, while the Virgin single has Sex Pistols artwork designed by Jamie Reid.