Published Apr 13, 2011How much would you be willing to pay to not hear the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen"? Countless punks have spun the groundbreaking rallying cry on their turntables, Discmans and iPods over the years, but a current UK eBay auction offering up a rare ten-inch acetate of the snarling tune suggests that while it will be cool to own the memento, you probably shouldn't ever drop the needle on it. As of press time, the record is hovering around $22,800 Canadian.
Pressed in March 1977, a few months before the single's official release, the collectable is as rare as they come.
"This is for a 100% genuine acetate of the Sex Pistols God Save The Queen," the current owner wrote in his item description. "This is not a copy, South African or a dodgy A&M but the real deal. A UK 7" cut onto 10" one sided Townhouse acetate, possibly the only surviving one in existence."
Acetates degrade in quality each time you listen to them, so its advised, well, not to listen to them. The current owner has held onto the item for 22 years and has only spun it once. He recorded the track and will give the winner a copy of the recording.
"It literally took my breath away to play this and i am delighted to say it played through absolutely fine with no jumps or skips," the owner wrote.
True, the collectable is pretty cool, but unless you're a serious fan, or maybe the Monopoly Man, maybe you should stick with your normal copy of Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. For one, it has more songs.
Thanks to Punknews for the tip.