God Save Rock and Roll

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"God Save Rock and Roll"
a song by The Features
 
Performed By: The Features

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"God Save Rock and Roll" (commonly abbreviated as "GSRnR") is a song written and performed by The Features.

An infamous crowd pleaser and fan favorite, "God Save Rock and Roll" was a battle cry to bands and fans alike for rock music to return to its roots and shed its business ties. Its frantic music and audience screams made the song especially welcome in Features sets, especially as the opener or during the encore.

A version is known to have been recorded with Craig Krampf, either during the sessions for Exhibit A or during the 2002 demo sessions, but the version has not been released as a b-side or in any form for that matter.

Some fans expected the song to be resurrected following the band's fall-out with Universal Records, perhaps even as a single from the Contrast EP, but the band has never revisited the song.

Lyrics

These lyrics were transcribed by message board member HeyItsBriggs.[1]

Can't join 'em, beat 'em,
That's what mama used to say.
It's the music not the money
That matters anyway

We've lost control
God save rock and roll
WOOOOO!

I was standing by your side
Waiting for a sign
When the devil come along
Try to change my mind.

We've lost control
God save rock and roll
WOOOOO!

We've lost control
God save rock and roll
WOOOOO!

Recorded Versions

There are no known studio recordings of this song.

Performances

This song has 3 documented performances.

PerformanceSlotEncore?VenueCity
2002-12-07 at Southpaw6noSouthpawBrooklyn, NY
2004-01-24 at 12th & Porter22yes12th & PorterNashville, TN
2004-03-24 at Blue Cat's9noBlue Cat'sKnoxville, TN

Tournament of Features Songs Results

"God Save Rock and Roll" appeared in the very first Tournament of Features Songs in 2002. It was grouped into the "East" region as the #1 seed.

  • Defeated "The Most Annoying Song Ever Written" by a score of 6 to 1 in the First Round
  • Defeated "D-Con (Radio One)" by a score of 11 to 0 in the Second Round
  • Lost to "Leave It All Behind" by a score of 4 to 5 in the Sweet Sixteen

In 2003, the song was grouped into the "Midwest" region as the #2 seed.

  • Defeated "Like a Virgin" by a score of 20 to 1 in the First Round
  • Defeated "Oh My Love" by a score of 16 to 7 in the Second Round
  • Lost to "Some Way Some How" by a score of 9 to 10 in the Sweet Sixteen

In 2004, the song was grouped into the "New Jersey" region as the #2 seed.

In 2005, the song was grouped into the "Old Favorite" region as the #4 seed.

  • Defeated "Action" by a score of 11 to 8 in the First Round
  • Defeated "Kari-Ann" by a score of 7 to 5 in the Second Round
  • Lost to "Thursday" by a score of 7 to 10 in the Sweet Sixteen

In 2006, the song was grouped into the "Old Favorite" region as the #4 seed.

  • Lost to "Stagecoach" by a score of 8 to 11 in the First Round

In 2010, the song was grouped into the "Old Favorite" region as the #4 seed.

  • Defeated "See You Through" by a score of 6 to 5 in the First Round
  • Lost to "Contrast" by a score of 3 to 4 in the Second Round

References

  1. Features Message Board Archive: God Save Rock n Roll