Blondie: Sex Pistols gave punk its political edge

Debbie Harry speaks as 'God Save The Queen' aims for chart return

Blondie’s Debbie Harry has paid tribute to the Sex Pistols in the week (October 10) fans are aiming to send their anthem ’God Save The Queen’ back into the charts.

NME.COM is backing a campaign to take the record back to Number One next week after it was cheated out of the top spot 30 years ago.

’God Save The Queen’ was denied its rightful place at Number One because the authorities feared the punk anthem would spoil the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977.

We want to right that wrong and are encouraging everyone to buy the record this week (from October 8) as the track is reissued on vinyl.

Either head down the record shop now or you can buy it from or other downloaders like iTunes.

Pledging her support, Harry said she backed efforts to get ’God Save The Queen’ back into the charts.

“It’s a great song,” she said. “I’d definitely support it.”

Harry added that the song demonstrated how punk got its edge, something that is missing today.

“I think the difference between punk in the US and UK was the politics,” she said. “In the UK it drove a lot of the great music. Sadly it’s less like that now, the UK is becoming really Americanised.”

Join the campaign to send Sex Pistols’God Save The Queen’ to Number One. Let us know what you think of the track by sending your thoughts to with Pistols as the subject and we’ll print the best.