Sex Pistols: 15 Facts You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

Ed Chapman
Ed Chapman

Previously, we brought you part one of our list of 15 interesting facts about the Sex Pistols. Now, we bring you eight more facts about the iconic British punk band whose music and attitude sparked an entire movement in just a short amount of time.

Number Eight: Vicious Played Drums for Siouxsie and the Banshees

Before he joined the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious was the lead singer and saxophone player for The Flowers of Romance, a band that never released any music and only lasted one year. He is also credited as the first drummer for Siouxsie and the Banshees. He played the band’s first-ever show, opening for the Sex Pistols, and never played with them again.

Number Seven: Rotten and Vicious Were Friends Before the Sex Pistols

Before the Sex Pistols were ever a thing, John Lydon (Rotten) and John Simon Richie (Vicious) met while in school at Hackney Technical College. For a while, the two shared a squat with Jah Wobble and John Grey and would often busk together. Lydon is also responsible for Richie’s nickname. After Lydon’s pet hamster, Sid, bit Richie, Richie said “Sid is really vicious,” and the name stuck.

Number Six: Rotten is Responsible for Vicious’ Inclusion into the Sex Pistols

When bassist Glen Matlock was fired from the band for “liking The Beatles,” Johnny Rotten suggested Sid Vicious join the band, even though he didn’t know how to play bass. It has been said that Rotten wanted Vicious in the band because Rotten believed there were opposing sides at work. If Vicious joined, it would be the two of them versus Steve Jones and Paul Cook instead of just Rotten against Jones and Cook.

Number Five: The Remaining Members Recorded Music After Rotten Left

As part of a Sex Pistols feature film project Malcolm McLaren was devoting his time to, Vicious, Cook and Jones were all included in recorded songs for the soundtrack. However, Cook and Jones never performed with Vicious in person during these sessions. A cover of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” was one of the songs recorded and when it was released as a single, performed better than any other Sex Pistols single with Rotten at the helm did. The final soundtrack, The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, came out in 1979 and featured the music from these sessions, as well demo recordings of Rotten’s vocals over new tracks and other artists covering the Pistols.

Number Four: They Were Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Didn’t Accept the Award

In 2006, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tried to induct the Sex Pistols, however, the band didn’t want anything to do with it. Rotten wrote a statement on the band’s website, in rather harsh language, that they were rejecting the honor and Jones added that “once you want to be in a museum, Rock & Roll’s over.”

Number Three: The Band Released Their Own Documentary

The Filth and the Fury was released in 2000, using the same archive footage and director as The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle. The documentary was created to tell the Sex Pistols’ side of the story.

Number Two: They Have a Fragrance

Teaming up with Fragrance and Beauty Limited, the band authorized a perfume in 2010. The scent is supposed to “exude pure energy,” as well as “resist tradition, fight conformity and disregard aromatic conventions.”

Number One: They Reunited, Twice

From 1996 until 2003, the Sex Pistols would reunite with Glen Matlock playing bass. They went on two tours, 1996’s Filthy Lucre tour and 2003’s Piss Off tour. In 2002, they would also play a show around the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Then, in 2006, the Pistols reunited again to play five festival dates. Thank you for reading our list of 15 interesting facts about the Sex Pistols. We hope you enjoyed it!