Sex Pistols’ God save the Queen, back at one?


This music video is God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols.

Lyrics are here.

From daily The Morning Star in England:

Jubilee target for Sex Pistols fans

MUSIC: Punk fans are hoping to make the Sex Pistols’ classic single God Save the Queen number one during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Campaigners want the anti-monarchy anthem which was denied the number one in 1977 to take its rightful place in June.

The track was originally denied airplay and although it sold enough to reach the top spot in the charts the official number one was awarded to The First Cut Is The Deepest by Rod Stewart.

Planned British jubilee protest on Sunday June 3 – see here.

Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren dies


This music video is Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK.

From The Daily Record in Scotland:

Godfather of punk Malcolm McLaren dies aged 64 after cancer battle

Apr 9 2010

John McEachran

The self-proclaimed inventor of punk, Malcolm McLaren, died yesterday aged 64.

The notorious manager of the Sex Pistols died in Switzerland after a long battle with cancer.

His spokesman Les Molloy said: “He had been suffering from cancer for some time. Recently, he had been full of health but then rapidly deteriorated.

“We are expecting his body to be brought back to London and buried in Highgate Cemetery.”

McLaren first rose to fame when he set up a clothes shop with his then-girlfriend Vivienne Westwood on London’s King’s Road in the 1970s.

The couple had a son, Joseph Corre, the co-founder of lingerie shop Agent Provocateur.

As well as the Sex Pistols, McLaren also managed a number of other bands, including the New York Dolls and Bow Wow Wow.

He went on to make his own records, including the much-sampled track Double Dutch from the 1983 album Duck Rock.

Under McLaren’s management, the Sex Pistols courted controversy.

After their debut single Anarachy [sic; Anarchy] In The UK was released in December 1976, the band became a household name when they swore on a TV show.

Their concerts faced difficulties with promoters and authorities and they were dropped by both EMI and A&M records.

In 1977, their single God Save The Queen was banned by the BBC.

See also here.

McLaren given the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll funeral: here.

Adam Ant checks into hospital: here.

Australian grannies play Sex Pistols song


From The Guardian daily in Britain:

As part of the Sydney Biennial 08, Swiss artist Christopher Büchel got some Australian grannies to give a raw, rough and ready rehearsal/performance of the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen.