Sid Vicious
Bassist, Songwriter, Composer
Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious was an English musician, bassist of the punk group Sex Pistols. Ritchie attended Hackney Technical College, where he met John Lydon and the two of them would spend time in Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's obscure clothing store, SEX. When McLaren launched the Sex Pistols, he hired the re-named Vicious because of his charisma, attitude and iconic punk look.
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Franco Berardi (Bifo) Time, Acceleration, and Violence - E-Flux
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This is not about the Indiani Metropolitani in Rome and in Bologna, but about Sid Vicious crying “no future” in 1977: the future is over—don't think about your future, because you don't have one. In a sense, this cry was the final premonition of the
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Steve’s looking for subjects - Bedford Today
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Steve Emberton, who works from a studio in Putnoe, was a music photographer in the 1970s and 1980s and photographed everyone from Sid Vicious to Queen. The themed exhibition documenting four photoshoots with T.Rex frontman Marc Bolan will go on display
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Oxfordshire strike: Go ahead, punk, make my day and find a job - Daily Mail
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One Sid Vicious lookalike, supporting yesterday's protests, said that without the studio in The Bunker — a club likely to be replaced — he would never have formed a band. 'I'd be doing nothing, there aren't any jobs,' said Daniel Capell, 18
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WWE 2012 Roster: A Legends Wish List - Bleacher Report
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I couldn't find a picture of "Psycho" Sid Vicious in video game form, but that's quite alright. See, Sid Vicious is a walking, talking, video game character. Just look at the guy. Those aren't realistic human dimensions. He looks like the world's
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Famous hotel where Sid Vicious 'killed' Nancy closes after a century - AOL Travel UK
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It is thought to be one of the most scandalous hotels in history, a place where Sid Vicious allegedly stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen to death in room 100, and where Welsh poet Dylan Thomas drank himself to death after spending the last few months
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Inside the Misfits' First Album in 12 Years - RollingStone.com
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Weren't you friends with Sid Vicious' mother, as well as Glenn's? Yeah, Sid's mom and I made him dinner the night he died. We cooked bolognese spaghetti sauce for him. And then I helped her, because I was the only guy with a car
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SID VICIOUS HEADING TO AWE'S BUNKHOUSE STAMPEDE - Pro Wrestling Insider - Xtra
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Sid Vicious is a two-time former WWE World Heavyweight Champion and a two-time former WCW World Heavyweight Champion. His next goal: to be the first AWE Bunkhouse Stampede Champion
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A Last Night Among the Spirits
NYTimes - over 5 years
Her head was shaved on both sides, her Mohawk bleached and dyed blond and blue. As she leaned over the front desk of the Chelsea Hotel on Saturday night, her lower lip pierced with a ring and her Doc Martens tapping the floor, Kitty Ramona, a bass player from Baltimore, was every bit the nostalgic punk girl seeking refuge in a place dripping with
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Came As She Was - Tapped (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... Bradley Nowell of Sublime, Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, even actors such as Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy, and River Phoenix; and in previous generations, the rock stars Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Sid Vicious, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin
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Seahawks Free Agent *Signings: Robert Gallery, Sidney Rice & More; Thoughts ... - Field Gulls
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Sid Vicious. El Cid. Whatever you want to call him (I like Sid Vicious myself). Sidney Rice is a big, athletic, sure handed and talented wide receiver and we've got him for five years. His best season came in 2009 when he caught 83 passes for 1312
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(WWE) Punk Tapes The BS Report, Backstage News on JR's WWE Return, Austin, More - TWNP-Wrestling News
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- WWE Hall of Famer Ted DiBiase and former World Champion Sid Vicious will be appearing at Collector's Realm in Poughkeepsie, New York on Sunday, August 21st from 1-3pm. Necro Butcher will also be appearing. - Steve Austin wrote the following on
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Rebel Rebel - Chicago Tribune
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A biker jacket spelled rebellion, a look embraced by men ranging from James Dean to Bruce Springstein Springsteen to Sid Vicious to, of all people, Andy Warhol. Long a wardrobe staple of rock stars and tough guys, the biker jacket is making a hard
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The Gratuitous B-Movie Column 7.25.11 Issue #166: River of Darkness (2011) - 411mania.com
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In this issue I take a look at the mega low budget horror flick River of Darkness starring Kurt Angle, “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash, “Psycho” Sid Vicious, Ray “Glacier” Lloyd, and S. William “First Zombie in Night of the Living Dead Hinzman,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sid Vicious
    CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    On the evening of 1 February 1979, a small gathering to celebrate Vicious having made bail was held at a friend's Manhattan apartment in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Vicious was clean, having been on a detoxification methadone program during his time at Rikers Island, but at the dinner gathering, Sid had his friend, English photographer Peter Kodick, deliver him some heroin. He had apparently spent hours during the party looking toward the future, planning an album he would record to get his life and career back on track should he be off the hook. Vicious overdosed at midnight, but everyone present worked together to get him up and walking around to revive him. Vicious died in the night and was discovered dead by Anne, his mother, early the next morning. In his first interview, appearing in the Daily Mirrors 11 June 1977 issue, Vicious said "I'll probably die by the time I reach 25. But I'll have lived the way I wanted to." A few days after Vicious' cremation, his mother allegedly found a suicide note in the pocket of his jacket:
    He was released on bail on 1 February 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Bail was originally set at $50,000, but lowered after court hearings and negotiations from his lawyer. Malcolm McLaren, the Sex Pistols' manager, worked to raise money and the bond was eventually covered by Virgin Records. John Lydon has stated that Mick Jagger stepped in and paid for Sid's lawyer, and has praised Jagger for never seeking any publicity for this.
  • 1978
    Vicious was charged with assault after attacking Todd Smith, singer Patti Smith's brother, at a Skafish concert at Hurrah, a New York dance club. Vicious was arrested on 9 December 1978 and sent to Rikers Island metro jail for 55 days to undergo a painful and enforced detoxification.
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    In a November 1978 interview he said that Nancy's death was "meant to happen" and that "Nancy always said she'd die before she was 21."
    More Details Hide Details Near the end of the interview, he was asked if he was having fun. In reply, he asked the interviewer if he was kidding, adding that he would like to be "under the ground." At Bellevue he was visited by his lawyer James Merberg, who did everything he could to keep Vicious out of jail.
    On the morning of 12 October 1978, Vicious claimed to have awoken from a drugged stupor to find Nancy Spungen dead on the bathroom floor of their room in the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, New York.
    More Details Hide Details She had suffered a single stab wound to her abdomen and appeared to have bled to death. The knife used had been bought by Vicious on 42nd Street and was identical to a "007" flip-knife given to punk rock vocalist Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys by Dee Dee Ramone. According to Dee Dee's wife at the time, Vera King Ramone, Vicious had bought the knife after seeing Stiv's. Vicious was arrested and charged with her murder. He said they had fought that night but gave conflicting versions of what happened next, saying, "I stabbed her, but I never meant to kill her", then saying that he did not remember and at one point during the argument Spungen had fallen onto the knife. On 22 October, ten days after Spungen's death, Vicious attempted suicide by slitting his wrist with a smashed light bulb. He was hospitalised at Bellevue Hospital, where he also tried to kill himself by jumping from a window shouting "I want to be with my Nancy" or other similar words, but was pulled back by hospital staff.
    He embarked on a path to destruction, while recording lead vocals on three cover songs at the same time for the soundtrack album for the film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle. "My Way" was released in 1978, "C'mon Everybody" was released in 1979, and "Something Else" was released in 1979 after his death.
    More Details Hide Details With Spungen acting as his "manager", Vicious embarked on a solo career during which he performed with musicians including Mick Jones of The Clash, Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, Rat Scabies of The Damned and the New York Dolls' Arthur Kane, Jerry Nolan, and Johnny Thunders. He performed the majority of his performances at Max's Kansas City and drew large crowds, though some performances were "hellish", especially when Sid insulted some of the audience. Examples of this can be heard in the in-between tracks on his live album Sid Sings. Guitarist Steve Dior said in the documentary film Who Killed Nancy? that he "got good money for those shows". His gigs at Max's would turn out to be his last performances as a solo musician, as well as his last performances ever before he died the following February. Though regarded by many including Steve Jones and original Sex Pistols (as well Rich Kids and Vicious White Kids (which Sid was in)) bassist Glen Matlock as a talented vocalist, Vicious's abilities as a bass player were debated. During an interview for Guitar Hero III, when Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones was asked why he, instead of Vicious, recorded the bass parts of Never Mind the Bollocks, Jones responded, "Sid was in a hospital with yellow jaundice and he couldn't really play, not that he could play anyway." The only song that he played on in the studio was "Bodies".
  • 1977
    In autumn 1977, the Sex Pistols began to perform the controversial song "Belsen Was A Gas" live for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details The song was most likely Sid's only contribution to the band during his tenure as a member, even though it was composed during his time in the Flowers of Romance. Vicious would also perform this song during his brief solo career after the band's split. After the show at Winterland in San Francisco, (Live at Winterland 1978 was released in 2001), the group fell apart, freeing Sid to do as he pleased.
    He was also absent from the album because he was in hospital with hepatitis (most likely from his drug use) and during that period his main visitor would have been his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, an American groupie and heroin addict he had met in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details She was also a part-time prostitute and stripper, and she is said to have introduced Sid to heroin, although Sid was already abusing multiple drugs (supplied by his mother Anne) before he met her. 1977 ended with the Sex Pistols being arguably one of the most famous bands on the planet with vulgarity and obnoxiousness as well as Sid's hardcore punk personality as the absolute key to their ever-growing status. On Christmas Day 1977, the band played a matinee for the children of Huddersfield during the firemen's strike. John Lydon claimed in the documentary Never Mind the Baubles that Sid needed a serious talking-to beforehand because he wanted to be the "hardcore, tough rocker bloke" and that swearing and being tough wasn't "the right way" to "get the message across" to the children. The recording of the Johnny Thunders song "Born to Lose" which appears on Sid Sings, featuring Sid on vocals, was recorded during this performance, when Johnny Rotten stepped offstage to pose as Father Christmas. These were the Sex Pistols' last performances in England until the Filthy Lucre reunion tour of 1996 (with the original quartet together again).
    Vicious played his first gig with the Pistols on 3 April 1977 at The Screen On The Green in London.
    More Details Hide Details His debut was filmed by Don Letts and appears in Punk Rock Movie. Sid was in the band, but he could not play very well and had no bass guitar experience, so guitarist Steve Jones had to double on bass duties as well as guitar for the band's debut album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols barring two songs: "Anarchy In The UK" (which was recorded with Matlock on bass and already out as a single) and "Bodies" which Sid was allowed to play on even though it would be overdubbed later on by Jones.
    According to various publications (such as the biography England's Dreaming by Jon Savage) and films (namely The Filth and the Fury), Vicious was asked to join the group after Glen Matlock's departure in February 1977, due to Vicious being present at every gig.
    More Details Hide Details Manager Malcolm McLaren once claimed "if Johnny Rotten is the voice of punk, then Vicious is the attitude." McLaren also said in person and in a documentary that if he'd met Vicious before he had hired Rotten to be the singer, Vicious would have been the Sex Pistols' front man, because he had the most charisma of anyone on that stage. Alan Jones described Vicious as "having the iconic punk look... Sid, on image alone, is what all punk rests on." His nails would be painted in a sloppy manner with purple nail polish.
  • 1976
    Vicious began his musical career in 1976 as a member of The Flowers of Romance along with former co-founding member of The Clash, Keith Levene (who later co-founded John Lydon's post-Pistols project Public Image Limited) and Palmolive and Viv Albertine, who would later form The Slits.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared with Siouxsie and the Banshees, playing drums at their notorious first gig at the 100 Club Punk Festival in London's Oxford Street. According to members of The Damned, Vicious was considered, along with Dave Vanian, for the position of lead singer for the Damned, but Vicious failed to show up for the audition. Vicious later contended that Vanian and associates had intentionally withheld information regarding the audition as an act of jealousy to ensure Vicious did not arrive. Soured by the experience, Vicious held a personal grudge for this perceived slight perpetrated against him by Vanian and The Damned, a grudge which would result in violence. During The Damned's performance at day 2 of the 100 Club Punk Special, the day after making his debut drumming with Siouxsie and the Banshees, an intoxicated and amphetamine-fuelled Vicious hurled his glass at the stage. He was attempting to strike Dave Vanian as an act of retribution, but the glass missed, shattered on a pillar and partially blinded a girl in one eye. Vicious was arrested the next day and imprisoned at Ashford Remand Centre. Westwood, likely working with McLaren to encourage Sid's worst instincts sent him a tome to read, written about Charles Manson, to keep him occupied during his imprisonment.
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  • 1965
    Anne later married Christopher Beverley in 1965, before setting up a family home back in Kent.
    More Details Hide Details Ritchie took his stepfather's surname and was known as John Beverley. Christopher Beverley died six months later from cancer, and by 1968 Ritchie and his mother were living in a rented flat in Tunbridge Wells, where he attended Sandown Court School. In 1971 the pair moved to Hackney in east London. He also spent some time living in Clevedon, Somerset. Ritchie first met John Lydon in 1973, when they were both students at Hackney Technical College. Lydon describes Ritchie at this time as a David Bowie fan and a "clothes hound". By 17, Ritchie was hanging around London. One favourite spot was Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's then-little-known clothing store, SEX. There he met American expatriate Chrissie Hynde before she formed the Pretenders. Though at least five years older, she tried (but failed) to convince Ritchie to join her in a sham marriage so she could get a work permit. John Lydon nicknamed Ritchie "Sid Vicious" after Lydon's pet hamster Sid, who had bitten Ritchie, eliciting Ritchie's response: "Sid is really vicious!" The animal was described by Lydon as "the softest, furriest, weediest thing on earth." At the time, Ritchie was squatting with Lydon, John Joseph Wardle (Jah Wobble), and John Gray, and the four were familiarly known as "The Four Johns".
  • 1957
    Vicious was born John Simon Ritchie on 10 May 1957 in Lewisham, to John and Anne Ritchie (née McDonald).
    More Details Hide Details His mother dropped out of school early due to a lack of academic success and went on to join the RAF, where she met her husband-to-be, Ritchie's father, a guardsman at Buckingham Palace and a semi-professional trombone player on the London Jazz scene. Shortly after Ritchie's birth, he and his mother moved to Ibiza, where they expected to be joined by his father who, it was planned, would support them financially in the meantime. However, after the first few cheques failed to arrive, Anne realised he would not be coming.
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