From Slowthai to the Smiths to Blur, HM in pop

God Save the Queen is the most well-known hymn about Queen Elizabeth II. The Se* Pistols' choice to deliver their anti-monarchist polemic for the silver jubilee was their most creative provocation

The band had been performing the song under the title No Future, but manager Malcolm McLaren claimed it sounded "like a bank commercial

Better to kidnap the national song, flip it, and ride the jubilee, he thought. Wow!
The Sex Pistols' song is not not about Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, but a British emblem. 

John Lydon thinks the Queen is "not a human being" and equates her to "fascism." Soon, the melody turns to the resentful governed, "the flowers in the rubbish

Many young people saw the patriotic jubilee celebrations as a painful comedy of nostalgia and denial, like bunting on a bomb site.

As Jon Savage says in England's Dreaming, "here was the ultimate assertion of pop's perpetual present"