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Johnny says no to re-release
HE must be mellowing in his old age.
That renowned anarchist Johnny Rotten is siding with The Queen this time around.
Sex Pistols singer John Lydon has distanced himself from a bid to make the band’s classic punk version of God Save the Queen Number 1 during June’s Diamond Jubilee.
He said the online bid by fans totally undermines what The Sex Pistols stood for.
Of course Lydon, now best known for butter commercials, has always claimed the track was never an assault on the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, but it did just happen to be released at the end of May 1977, was performed on a boat on the Thames on the day of celebrations and contained some majorly anti-monarchy musings.
Now things seem to have come pretty much full circle.
Almost considered part of the establishment himself these days, Lydon represents all that is loved about British quirkiness.
The Sex Pistols are a monument to British music, particularly in the days of manufactured pop.
Of course, if he actually meant it – and doesn’t plan on cashing any of the royalty cheques – he could put a stop to sales of the song until after Britain’s big national celebration in six weeks time.
It’s still not too late for that elusive knighthood, Johnny!