Sex Pistols re-release banned smash hit God Save The Queen for Platinum Jubilee

The Sex Pistols have announced that they will re-release their punk rock anthem God Save The Queen to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June.

The song was originally banned by the BBC and commercial radio stations, with BBC Radio 2 controller Charles McLelland saying at the time that the song was in "gross bad taste," and causing an uproar – with the band even reported to have been banned from performing on some TV programmes.

Despite this, the song still reached the number two spot on the UK Singles Chart back in 1977 – but the title was blanked out in the chart countdown, as not to offend the Queen, who at the time was celebrating her Silver Jubilee.

The Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook later said that God Save the Queen wasn’t written to mark the Silver Jubilee, telling The Guardian: "We weren’t aware of it at the time. It wasn’t a contrived effort to go out and shock everyone."

It is reported that God Save The Queen was originally released as a critique of the country at the time, and how the younger generation had been affected, with the song originally being called No Future, before the title was later changed.

Along with reissuing the song for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, The Sex Pistols are now hoping to reach the top of the charts again next month, with re-releases of both the original A&M version of the song and the Virgin Records release.

Four thousand copies of the single will feature Virgin Records recording, featuring Did You No Wrong on the b-side, while another 1,977 copies will carry the much-sought-after alternative pressing, made for A&M Records, which has an early version of the song No Feelings on the B-side.

The original 1977 A&M pressings are sought after by collectors, after 25,000 copies were destroyed following the band's split from their label, with a rare copy of the single selling for up to £16,000.

The re-release of God Save The Queen also comes ahead of the highly anticipated Pistol, a new series about the band, which was created by Danny Boyle and will debut on streaming service Disney+ on May 31, 2022.

The six-part series is based on a 2016 memoir by Steve Jones called Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol.

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