John Lydon is tied into a number of stories concerning his bands Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd.
When Sex Pistols originally released "God Save The Queen" as a single in 1977 to coincide with Queen Elizabeth II's 25th anniversary on the throne. British media at the time deemed the song controversial and disrespectful, censoring airplay and all mentions of the song. Black bars appeared instead of text atop the U.K. singles chart when "God Save The Queen" hit the #1 spot.
Next month England will celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - her 60th anniversary. "God Save The Queen" turns 35, and the Sex Pistols' new record label plans to re-release the single and campaigns to top the U.K. singles chart once again on the weekend of the celebration. Lydon has no interest in their ambitions. NME reports Lydon's comments and more:
"It is certainly not my personal plan or aim. I am proud of what the Sex Pistols achieved and always will be but this campaign totally undermines what the Sex Pistols stood for. This is not my campaign."
Lydon continued by acknowledging that although he is "pleased" that a new generation of music fans are being given the chance to discover the punk legends' music, he wants "no part in the circus that is being built up around" the release.
He concluded that he was instead focusing on Public Image Ltd, his post-Pistols band who are preparing to release their first album for 20 years – also on May 28. Universal Records, which is re-releasing the track, declined to comment on Lydon's remarks when contacted by NME.
In the meantime, Sex Pistols turned down an invitation to perform at the Summer Olympics in London this summer. Punknews reports:
Apparently, the band were asked to play as part of 'A Symphony of British Music', which is aiming to represent every era of British music since the Second World War. Naturally, the Pistols were sought to represent 'the punk era', a shorthand frequently used by British music scribes to describe the period between 1976 and 1978, the brief time frame in which punk music was considered most prominent in the public imagination.
As for Public Image Ltd, Lydon is wholly focused on his post-Sex Pistols project. The band will release their first album since 1992 next month. This Is PiL drops May 28. Get more details here.
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