Could 'God Save The Queen' make a return to charts after 30 years?
The campaign to get Sex Pistols’ classic punk anthem ’God Save The Queen’ to Number One kicks off in earnest today (October 8).
The song is re-released today and NME.COM is calling on fans to help get it to the top of the charts on Sunday (October 14) by buying the track all week.
When the punk anthem was first released in 1977 it made it to Number Two in the singles charts – however, there was suspicion that the authorities had banned the track from topping the charts in the wake of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
Strong rumours that the song’s anti-authoritarian message was deemed unacceptable to ‘the Establishment’ have continued to this day.
Those responsible for collating the chart refused to deny the track had been banned from Number One, but Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has told NME.COM he firmly believes the band were victims of a conspiracy.
“Let’s be honest, it was Number One anyway,” he declared. “They were taking us as a serious threat to an establishment and an industry. We were discussed in the Houses Of Parliament under the Treason Act!”
Well, now there’s a chance to right that historical wrong and NME and NME.COM are calling on all music fans to send ’God Save The Queen’ to the Number One spot in the UK.
The song will be re-released on special seven-inch vinyl and with downloads now counting towards the singles’ chart, we want YOU to head down to the shops or download the track in your droves all of next week.
You can buy the song now from 7digital.com. Alternatively, downloaders like iTunes, etc, will also count towards the final chart placing.
You’ll be in good company – practically every band we’ve mentioned the ’God Save The Queen’ Number One campaign to has started gushing like a superfan about how much they love the song and how relevant it still is today.
From now until the chart is announced on October 14 we’ll be running daily tributes from the likes of Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Blondie, Beastie Boys, Klaxons and many more who are backing the campaign.