Overview[ edit ] The single was released on 27 May , and was regarded by many of the general public as an assault on Queen Elizabeth II and the monarchy. At the time it was highly controversial, firstly for its equation of the Queen with a " fascist regime", and secondly for the lyric "there is no future in England's dreaming".
According to Glen Matlock , who had co-written the song although he was no longer a member of the band by the time it was released, the bass was inspired by The Move 's " Fire Brigade ". Although many believe it was created because of the Silver Jubilee , the band denies it, Paul Cook saying that "It wasn't written specifically for the Queen's Jubilee. We weren't aware of it at the time. It wasn't a contrived effort to go out and shock everyone.
You write a song like that because you love them, and you're fed up with them being mistreated. On 7 June —the Jubilee holiday itself—the band attempted to play the song from a boat named the Queen Elizabeth on the River Thames , near the Palace of Westminster.
After a scuffle involving attendee Jah Wobble and a cameraman, eleven people, including Malcolm McLaren , the man who organised the concert, and several other members of the band's entourage, were arrested when the boat docked. A later version was released on the Pistols' debut album.
However, it only made number This campaign totally undermines what The Sex Pistols stood for. 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. I am pleased that the Sex Pistols recordings are being put out there for a new generation, however, I wish for no part in the circus that is being built up around it.
A camera traverses the route the band took in the boat the Queen Elizabeth, between Tower Bridge and Westminster, as the song plays. In 3 November , Andrew Rosindell , a Conservative MP argued in an early day motion for a return to the broadcasting of the national anthem named "God Save the Queen" at the end of BBC One transmissions each day since the practice's halt in ,  to commemorate the Brexit vote and Britain's subsequent withdrawing from the European Union.
At the evening of the same day, the BBC's Newsnight programme ended its nightly broadcast with a statement that it was happy to accede to Rosindell's request.
The production crew however instead played out with a clip of the Sex Pistols' similarly named song, much to Rosindell's discontent.