In 2022 the Pistols love a bit of pomp and ceremony and seemingly admit that they are royalists at heart as they cash in on ‘Jubilee fever’ and re-release ‘God Save The Queen’.
There are many traditional elements to a royal anniversary in old Blighty: pageants, street parties, and the Sex Pistols.
The Queen and the Pistols have been linked since the band released ‘God Save the Queen’ during the 1977 Silver Jubilee that marked the monarch’s 25 years on the throne.
The anti-authoritarian anthem has been re-released for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (70 years on the throne) and is one of a raft of cultural tie-ins (some say cash-ins) spurred by the royal milestone.
Members of the Sex Pistols seem to have mellowed over the years, with Steve Jones saying: “I’m not against it. I see all the flags are up everywhere. I mean, it’s entertaining stuff. Tourists just absolutely love it.”
Sex Pistols singer John Lydon recently told Talk TV he was “really, really proud of the Queen for surviving and doing so well.”
The band members’ attitudes are far from the ‘bad boys’ image they had in 1977, when ‘God Save the Queen’ sparked outrage and was banned from radio or television airplay.
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Lydon is continuing his rage against the Disney machine, labelling their upcoming Sex Pistols drama series ‘Pistol’ “a fairytale”.
The band’s record company hopes it hits No. 1 this time, though it failed to dent the charts when re-released for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 and Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Britain’s four-day jubilee party starts tomorrow and includes military parades, concerts, picnics, street parties and shit loads of Union Jacks.
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