‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s Raw ‘God Save The Queen’ Is The Perfect Royal Antidote

Royal fatigue may set in as the Sex Pistols’ legendary anti-royal anthem, “God Save The Queen”, has just reached the top of the UK charts – 45 years after it was released.

The band re-released the song to coincide with Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee celebrations. When first released in 1977 – during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee – the song peaked at number 2 on the charts, despite being banned for poor taste.

But there’s another version of the track shot at another royal event that’s also worth celebrating. And it’s from “Weird Al” Yankovic.

“This is a little inappropriate the day after a royal wedding,” Yankovic joked before launching the song at a concert in Napa, California on May 20, 2018, a day after Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle. The song comes from his Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, in which he largely eschewed the parodies he was best known for in favor of his original music.

Listen as his band – famous for being able to mimic just about any style – goes punk as Yankovic breaks out his best growl, even rolling his “r” just like Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) did on the original:

Yankovic is currently out on the road with The Unfortunate Return of The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, and he’s refocusing on his originals (and performing a straight cover towards the end of each show).

Lydon, for his part, has maintained that he is not against the Queen as a person, but only against the monarchy as an institution. He even congratulated Queen Elizabeth on the anniversary.

“God bless the Queen,” Lydon wrote in an op-ed earlier this month. “She’s been through a lot.”

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