Diamond Jubilee 2012
These posts are all part of Rockhaq’s musical celebration of the Diamond Jubilee. June 2012.
Architects are a technical metalcore quintet from Brighton, who exploded onto the scene back in early 2009 with their third album Hollow Crown. Along with Bring Me the Horizon, Architects are responsible for the growth of the Metalcore scene in the UK, a scene that is flooded with american bands. As mentioned previously Hollow Crown is a technical metalcore album (from here on out we’ll just say tech).
For the diamond jubilee which celebrates the Queen’s sixty year reign, Gary Barlow collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber and created a song specifically for that event. He has called this song ‘Sing’. Gary travelled to several countries around the world and recorded samples from those countries for the song. The result was Gary performing with the African Children’s Choir, The Military Wives Choir and The Commonwealth Band and the result is a spectacular song that celebrates and pays tribute to the Queen and her years on the throne.
So this weekend is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to celebrate her 60th year in power. Normally one would say congratulations as she has been running the country for that amount of time. But since one doesn’t care about the Royal Family living in Buckingham Palace or whether Prince Charles has managed to woo Camilla even more since the days they first met, it is more appropriate to acknowledge that Rockhaq is available to us all on the internet
Can music really generate controversy nowadays? Can one song have a massive impact on an entire country, leading to outrage, mainstream censorship and even alleged fixing of it’s entry in the music charts? Some music can, and still does. A lot depends on timing.
Never mind the Jubilee, here’s the Sex Pistols! The legendary punk pioneers released this single to coincide with Queen Elizabeth II silver jubilee in 1977 and now this review will go live on the Queen’s diamond jubilee thirty five years later. God Save The Queen is a satirical, raw song about power in 1970’s Britain and the reverence shown to the Queen. It caused a major scandal with printing presses refusing to print it, the BBC banning it and the organisation who monitor chart sales lying to keep it from topping the UK charts.