Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stupid Sid

37 years ago today, Sex Pistols "bass-guitarist" Sid Vicious OD'd on heroin and died. He was 21.
I have put "bass-guitarist" in quotes, because in reality he could play the bass about as well as I can pilot a Jumbo Jet. He had the image, but no talent.

As an example, most of the bass work on the band's 1977 album, Never Mind The Bollocks, was played by guitarist Steve Jones. Sid managed to twang his way through the song, "Bodies," and that was about it.

It's a pity that one of the best bands that ever existed is so often identified with waster-junkie Sid, who contributed next to nothing to the band - aside from his leather jacket, spiky hair, and sunken cheeks. In other words, he looked the part. But that was it.

Dying at 21 from a heroin overdose doesn't make you an icon or a legendary figure. It makes you a dickhead.


  1. Johnny Rotten was and is The Sex Pistols, He was larger than life. When Sid joined the band I heard that he had never played an instrument before. I miss the hell out of good punk music and watching it live. I grew up with skinny puppy, suicidal tendencies......