The end of next month marks a musical happening likely to delight punk rockers of all ages – the re-release of the Sex Pistols‘ iconic “alternative national anthem” – ‘God Save The Queen‘.

When the record is released on 28 May, it will be 35 years and a day since the original exploded on to the UK music scene, causing a hailstorm of controversy.

In 1977, the track led to questions being asked in the House of Commons, band members being attacked in the streets and an outright BBC ban which led to the corporation refusing to recognise its position at number one, despite massive sales! Instead, it had to lurk at the number two spot, behind the “official” BBC-endorsed number one for the week, Rod Stewart‘s ‘ The First Cut is the Deepest‘.

Nowadays, the single is best known to a younger generation for inspiring a whole range of punk-themed music t-shirts, as well as for its classic rough-edged sound. Several generations of punks will be waiting to see if it can finally take its rightful place at the number one spot.

The album behind the single, ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols‘ is also due to be re-released in September in an an expanded and repacked format.

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