Created in 2002, it features Samuel Dore (re)interpreting The Sex Pistol’s classic anthem ‘God Save The Queen’ in BSL. 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 Malcolm McLaren in 1977.
The Pistol’s 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”. Matt Hulse & Samuel Dore continue to collaborate, see http://dummyjim.com.