Punk icon John Lydon is adamant his infamous royal-baiting antics in 1977 were not deliberately designed to stir up controversy around Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee.
The Sex Pistols frontman infuriated royalist Brits when the band released its single God Save the Queen - dubbed the U.K.'s 'alternative national anthem' - to coincide with celebrations marking the monarch's 25th year on the throne.
Lydon was physically attacked several times in the wake of the furore and the band's notoriety skyrocketed - but the singer has now spoken out to insist the release of the single was not a publicity stunt.
He tells OfficialCharts.com, "I wrote a record. It wasn't about a specific moment in time or history - I wrote a record about a subject matter that mattered to me, in a personal way, and then all this situation enveloped and unfolded. I never did it as an act of spite against the Jubilee. I don't think that's been quite completely understood."