2. “God Save The Queen” – The Sex Pistols
(From the album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols)
When a band’s first single is the genre-defining, nation-shocking “Anarchy In The UK” you are going to have a lot of expectations to live up to. This was the situation facing The Sex Pistols as they prepared to follow up “Anarchy In The UK” with a second single and a full album. In spite of tensions within the group that saw the exit of original bassist Glen Matlock and the arrival of the volatile new bass player Sid Vicious The Sex Pistols continued working on the songs that would make up their landmark debut album Never Mind The Bullocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols. One of the best of these would be the song chosen as the group’s second single, “God Save The Queen”. “God Save The Queen” was the perfect follow-up to “Anarchy In The UK” as about the only thing that could have possibly riled up those who were already hot and bothered by The Sex Pistols more would be a sneering, sarcastic, anti-monarchy song that equated the British monarchy with fascism and shared a title with the British national anthem. Of course, the BBC and many other music and retail outlets refused to play or sell it and this whiff of censorship only played into The Sex Pistols hands. The song officially debuted in the UK at #2 (and there have long been rumors that it actually was the #1 selling song in the UK that week but was purposefully kept off the top of the chart for fear it would be offensive, especially as 1977 was Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee. The accompanying album Never Mind The Bullocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols did debut at #1 on the UK albums chart though and the closing refrain of “No Future!” became the rallying cry of the punk movement in the UK and beyond.
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