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Published on Apr 22, 2010
http://dummyjim.com. This video was posted on the day of punk Godfather Malcolm McLaren's funeral and offers an anarchic send-off for the maestro of mayhem.
Created in 2002, it features Samuel Dore (re)interpreting The Sex Pistol's classic anthem 'God Save The Queen' in British Sign Language.
Artist Matt Hulse suggested the collaboration to the profoundly deaf actor as a way of marking not only the 25th anniversary of the single's release but also the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, perpetuating and reframing a tradition of irreverence firmly established by the punk impresario in 1977.
The single reached number one on the NME charts in the UK, but only made it to #2 on the official UK Singles Chart (as used by the BBC). Both the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority refused to play the song, meaning that the number one slot was, for a period, effectively 'mute'.
In March 2001, the BBC wrote that the single "reached number one in the UK in 1977 despite being banned by the BBC".