If you’re a resident of the UK (and statistically, you probably are), you won’t have been able to escape the furore surrounding the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend. Whether or not you’re hoisting a beer in recognition of the extra Bank Holiday this has given us, or whether you’re sulkily avoiding anywhere and everywhere that’s smothered itself in celebratory bunting, you can’t avoid it. And because of this week’s Sunday Slaylist, you can’t avoid it on Thrash Hits either.
Now, we’re sure there’s some of you out there who are very much in favour of the monarchy (just as sure as we are that some of us here at Thrash Hits are as fervently anti-Monarchist as you can get), so we haven’t gone out of our way to make an entirely anti-Jubilee Slaylist. But it’s not as if music in general in heaving with pro-Monarchy songs. Those of you out there who are big fans of antiquated systems of government hinging on the unfair and outdated concept of hereditary privilege will juts have to console yourselves that many of the songs on this week’s Slaylist have no revolutionary fervour to them whatsoever – we just picked them because they had ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ in the title. We’re cheap and shallow like that.
Spotify is available to most of Western Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand for free – though obviously you’re better off shelling out either £5 or £10 a month for one of Spotify’s premium packages, as then you can listen to our Slaylists without having them interrupted by adverts. For our readers in countries not currently serviced by Spotify….sorry. You’ll just have to make do with a video from an Australian band who, like you, are not Spotify users. Unlike you, however, they don’t use Spotify because they don’t want any of their work appearing other than on physical media. We kinda think that’s a bit of a dick-move, but then again, they’re the ones who are millionaires, so maybe they know what they’re doing? Ho-hum.
We closed this week’s Slaylist with the Sex Pistols, because, well, we’re lazy like that and they produced arguably the most recognisable song in all of rock music with a connection to the British Royal Family. Not-entirely-uncoincidentally, the BBC have just started showing Punk Britannia, a new documentary series charting the rise of British punk music. Once you’re done with our Slaylist, why not give it a watch? Okay, so you have to be in the UK to watch it due to the iPlayer’s regional-encoding, but given that us Brits have had to endure so much Jubilee bullshit over the last few weeks, we think it’s fair that we get an extra little perk with this week’s Slaylist.
Watch the first episode of the BBC’s Punk Britannia series: