Sid Vicious

Born 10 May 1957. Died 2 February 1979.
Sid Vicious


| genre = Punk rock | occupation = Musician | instrument = Bass guitar, vocals, drums | years_active = 1976–1978 | label = Virgin, EMI, A&M | associated_acts = Sex Pistols Siouxsie and the Banshees Vicious White Kids The Flowers Of Romance | website = | notable_instruments = Fender Precision Bass }}

Sid Vicious, born John Simon Ritchie, later named John Beverley (10 May 1957 – 2 February 1979), was an English bass guitarist and vocalist, most famous as a member of the influential punk group the Sex Pistols.

Vicious joined the Sex Pistols in early 1977, to replace Glen Matlock, who had fallen out of favour with the rest of the group. Due to intravenous drug use, Vicious was hospitalized with hepatitis during the recording of the band's only studio album Never Mind the Bollocks. Accordingly, his bass is only partially featured on one song from the album. Vicious would later appear as a lead vocalist, performing three cover songs, on the soundtrack to The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, a largely fictionalized documentary about the Sex Pistols, produced by the group's former manager Malcolm McLaren and directed by Julien Temple.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Too Fast To Live...

    Too Fast To Live... 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    This CD won't raise his status as a fast liver - just a clumsy misguided one...
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