The Sex Pistols aim to create trouble again by releasing a commemorative “God Save the Queen” NFTs to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Sex Pistols aim to wreak havoc on the music industry by re-releasing their anti-authoritarian anthem “God Save the Queen” (not to be confused with the British national anthem) for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. At the same time, the quintessential troublemakers are celebrating the re-release of their iconic 1977 single with their very own Pistol Mint Commemorative Coin.
The commemorative coin comes with a bonus digital counterpart in the form of an NFT. The NFTs are available in several randomized designs assigned upon minting. However, each one will feature the face of the long-reigning monarch from a lesser-known lip-pierced anarchic period in her life. The flip side of the coin features Sex Pistol’s iconic logo and a debased version of the Union flag. The NFTs are meant to throw a wrench in Her Majesty’s grand celebration.
No Love Lost
There seems to be no love lost between the Sex Pistols and the Queen of England. This fact has been evident since the punk pioneers released the aforementioned single during the 1977 Silver Jubilee, which marked Queen Elizabeth II’s 25th year on the throne.
God Save the Queen has always been considered the Sex Pistols’ way of directing their disdain towards the Queen. Glaring examples of this mockery were when members of the band rhymed the words “God save the queen” with “fascist regime” and “she ain’t no human being.”
The band launched the song on the Jubilee weekend through an anarchic gig on the Queen Elizabeth riverboat. The launch was cut short by the London police.
What’s more, the song sparked outrage, with band members getting attacked in the streets. Ultimately, the song was banned from playing on the radio and television. And despite the limited run, it still reached No. 2 in the charts.
However, the band members would like to think they have mellowed through time.
“I’m not against it,” said Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones of Britain’s four-day jubilee festival. It will start on Thursday and will feature military parades, concerts, picnics, and innumerable Union Jacks.
“I see all the flags are up everywhere,” Jones said when he visited London, having lived in Los Angeles for the last 30 years. “I mean, it’s entertaining stuff. Tourists just absolutely love it.”
Sex Pistols singer John Lydon, who used to go by Johnny Rotten, recently told broadcaster Talk TV he was “really, really proud of the queen for surviving and doing so well.”
More Details about the Commemorative Coin
The nickel-plated coins will feature Jamie Reid’s (the original creator of the Sex Pistol’s irreverent album cover) iconic artwork. The coins will have enamel color infills and raised sections of stamped iron.
According to Sex Pistol’s official website, the NFTs are minted on the Palm network, a scalable and sustainable NFT ecosystem. It is said that Palm boasts of 99.9% reduced energy consumption compared to proof-of-work systems; thus, each Pistol NFT barely has any carbon footprint.
Only a limited number of the commemorative coins will be up for sale for the entire month of June. Owners of the physical coins must mint the redeemable NFTs through a dedicated website, The Pistol Mint. The actual commemorative coin and NFT are estimated to ship out by the end of July 2022.
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