You know what? The whole Jubilee thing bugs me. I can't believe that kind of sucky tradition still exists. With or without the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen," it gets under my skin, as does everything that doesn't really have a common sense purpose. (The Jubilee is right below neckties on that list.) That said, when "God Save the Queen," came out, I wasn't even cognizant of the Silver Jubilee. Though not written specifically about, or for, the Jubilee, it coincided with the event. The Sex Pistols just resented the monarchy. Regardless, they just gave me one more thing to be annoyed about. The lasting effect, though, was that it reinforced the mindset, of questioning not necessarily just authority, but anything that doesn't make sense.
Here's some stuff. The Sex Pistols version, a cover, and a few other odds and ends added as filler. I definitely recommend the Pistols' stuff, including the clip from The Filth and the Fury. After that, you're on your own. The Queen Haters thing (at the very bottom) is kind of stupid, but I did get a chuckle from the lyrics.
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Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen mp3 at Clones Project
Nouvelle Vague - God Save the Queen mp3 at Cover Me
Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant mp3 at Review Stalker
Sex Pistols - EMI (from Spunk) mp3 at This Is Fil
Sex Pistols - Satellite (Suburban Kid), unreleased version mp3 at Dalston Oxfam Shop
Sex Pistols - Seventeen (Wessex Studio outtake) mp3 at Sibling Shot on the Bleachers
Le Anarchie Pour Le UK (in French) mp3at Stillerman.com (From the film The Great Rock n' Roll Swindle)Anarchy in the UK (as read by computer) mp3 at Internet Archive
Bananarama - No Feelings mp3 at Cover Me
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Pretty Vacant mp3 at Cover Me
Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen at YouTube From The Filth and the Fury
Motörhead - God Save the Queen at YouTube
The Queen Haters - I Hate the Bloody Queen (from SCTV) at YouTube
God Save the Queen - Song entry at Wikipedia